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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 20, 2005

Barbara Somogyi named 2005 Thomas Lay Burroughs Award winner by Illinois State Board of Education

Arlington Heights school board president honored for dedication

Springfield, Ill. – Barbara Somogyi, president of Arlington Heights Community Consolidated School District # 59 was honored today by Illinois State Board of Education President Jesse Ruiz with the 2005 Thomas Lay Burroughs Award during the annual joint conference of the Illinois Association of School Boards, Illinois Association of School Administrators and Illinois Association of School Business Officials in Chicago.

“We salute Barbara Somogyi for the work, passion and dedication she has shown on behalf of her school district and the students served there,” Ruiz said in presenting the award. “Her selfless dedication is to be admired.”

Named after a former State Board chairman, the Thomas Lay Burroughs Award was created in 1991 and is presented annually. The criteria for the award are:

  • leadership on behalf of improved student learning and educational excellence;
  • leadership on behalf of equal educational opportunities; and
  • leadership in resolving a crisis or major difficulty.

Illinois State Board of Education
100 North First Street
Springfield, IL 62777