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John A. Metzger, an IASB Director and a member of the Benton

Award criteria included personal

including serving as a local Lions

and professional conduct reflecting

Club secretary, involvement with

the chamber’s mission, which con-

the Veterans of Foreign Wars and

cerns advancing the well-being of

the American Legion and serving

the Benton area, aiding in advancing

on the Benton school board since

local business and professional inter-


ests, and fostering and encouraging

A retired school administrator,

development. The winner must be

he worked as a district superinten-

an individual who stands out from

dent for more than two decades in

others as an advocate and leader in

the Logan Consolidated SD 110,

the business community, and goes

Johnston City CUSD 1, and Akin

above and beyond the call of duty.

CCSD 91 schools systems. Prior to

CCSD 47 Board of Education, was

“The theme for the chamber’s

becoming a superintendent he was

named Citizen of the Year by the

dinner event was ‘Celebrating the

principal at Thompsonville High

Benton/West City Area Chamber of

Community,’ which describes John

School and Thompsonville Grade

Commerce at its annual dinner on

Metzger well, as do the award cri-

School. He had earlier taught in

November 17. “The kindness of this

teria,” according to the chamber’s

the Centralia public schools. He

group just reminds me what a great

executive director, Karen Mullins.

has served on the IASB Board of

community we have in the Benton,” Metzger said.

Metzger has long been active in the Benton area community,

Directors, representing the Egyptian Division, since 2004.

In memoriam


Rev. J.C. Smith,

buses became unconstitutional. He

John B. Chipman III, 76, died

86, died October 12,

was among those honored during

October 21, 2016. He formerly served

2016. Previously a

IASB’s 2013 centennial celebration

as a member of the Chandlerville

longtime member and

as one of the state’s longest-serving

school board.

board president of the

board members.

G. Michael Crooch, 73, died

West Har vey-Di x-

Roger L. Anderson, 84, died

November 24, 2016. He formerly

moor School District 147 Board of

November 25, 2016. He previously

served on the Geneva CUSD 304

Education, he was also a prominent

served for eight years on the Galva

Board of Education.

civil rights activist, a carpenter, and

school board.

Rebecca Ann Dalrymple, 72,

an ordained minister. He was the

Katherine “Kathi” M. Cero-

died October 12, 2016. She was a

founder of The Bethlehem Temple

ne, 77, died November 3, 2016. She

past member of the Williamsfield

Baptist Church in Harvey. A native

served on the Homewood-Flossmoor

School Board of Education.

of Alabama, he was instrumental in

High School board from 1977 to

Melvin Dale Dearing, 81, died

leading the charge during the suc-

1991. In dealing with contentious

November 19, 2016. He previously

cessful Montgomery Bus Boycott

school board subjects, she would

served as president of the Monroe

in 1955. Thirteen months after the

say, “we can disagree without being

SD 70 school board.

Montgomery bus boycott, segregated


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The Illinois School Board Journal, January/February 2017  

A bimonthly magazine for public school board members and administrators highlighting issues in education.

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