Board Members Earn Special Distinction
Rob Ankiewicz Named to Board
Peru Elementary School District 124 Board of Education members Simon Kampwerth, Dr. C.G. Pillai and Jim Renk recently joined a very small percentage of Illinois Association of School Board members statewide by earning the distinction of LeaderShop Academy Fellows. Peru Public Schools now has three of the only 79 Board members statewide who have completed this distinction. There are approximately 6,000 school board members in the state of Illinois, and the three Peru Public Schools Board members are the only ones from the IASB Starved Rock Division to achieve this status.
The School Board LeaderShop Academy promotes and recognizes Board members' efforts toward continuous learning and professional development. Admission to Academy membership requires completion of three School Board LeaderShop programs, all of which are completed for no compensation for our volunteer Board members. These programs include seven core and five elective programs representing many hours of training that must be completed to meet the requirements for this recognition.
Pictured left to right are IASB President Karen Fisher, along with Peru ESD 124 Board Members and IASB LeaderShop Fellows Simon Kampwerth, Dr. C.G. Pillai and Jim Renk. Board member Cindy Gustat also maintained her status as a Master Board member, and will soon be the fourth Peru ESD 124 Board member to achieve LeaderShop Fellow status. Additionally, Simon Kampwerth serves on the state Board of Directors for IASB, representing all school board members from the Starved Rock Region.
Also, the district welcomes Rob Ankiewicz to the Board of Education. He will fill the unexpired term of Jyll Leonatti, who recently moved out of the school district. Mr. Ankiewicz is an Assistant Vice President at Peru Federal Savings Bank and a lieutenant for the Peru Fire Department. He is the parent of two children in the school district.