Longtime District 214 Board of Education member Alva Kreutzer will take her expertise in public education policy making and oversight to the state level, having been elected Oct.16 to a 2-year term on the Board of Directors of the Illinois Association of School Boards.
“We are proud and honored by Alva’s election to the IASB Board of Directors,” District 214 Board President Dan Petro said. “The leadership and vision she has brought to her 20 years of work as a District 214 Board member has been instrumental in 214 earning a prominent role - regionally and nationally as well as locally - in shaping improved learning experiences and outcomes for all students and better preparing students for success beyond high school. The IASB Board will be well-served by Alva applying that same commitment and expertise to its mission.”
Kreutzer, of Elk Grove Village, is among the Northwest suburbs’ longest-serving school board members, having worked on the District 214 board for 20 years. Kreutzer, whose professional life is also dedicated to education as a Niles Township High School District 219 executive assistant, has been both president and vice president of the 214 Board. In addition to her 214 work, Kreutzer has been involved in other avenues of community service. She has been a panelist and spokesperson on the role and importance of women in public policy leadership. She previously served on the board of Community Consolidated School District 59.
The IASB Board of Directors meets quarterly and is responsible for the governing policies of the Association. The IASB counts among its responsibilities providing training experiences, networking opportunities and a wide range of support services for local school boards and their members. The IASB also conducts strong advocacy on behalf of public education throughout Illinois.
The board is composed of one director for each of the Association’s 21 geographic divisions, a representative from the IASB Service Associates, and three officers: president, vice president, and past president. Kreutzer was appointed on an interim basis to the state board on May 6, representing the North Cook Division.