State of Illinois
92nd General Assembly

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 1                          HOUSE RESOLUTION

 2        WHEREAS,  The  members   of   the   Illinois   House   of
 3    Representatives  are pleased to recognize milestone events in
 4    the lives of citizens of the State of Illinois; and

 5        WHEREAS, It has come to our attention that Dr. Gerald  D.
 6    Chapman  is  retiring  from  his  duties as superintendent of
 7    Township High School District 211 this year; and

 8        WHEREAS,  Dr.  Gerald   Chapman   currently   serves   as
 9    superintendent  in the State of Illinois' largest high school
10    district; the five high schools that  he  has  administrative
11    responsibility  for  are  James  B.  Conant,  William  Fremd,
12    Hoffman  Estates,  Palatine, and Schaumburg; all five schools
13    have a combined enrollment of more than 12,000 students; and

14        WHEREAS, Dr.  Chapman  earned  his  bachelor  of  science
15    degree from Northern Illinois University, his master's degree
16    from  Northwestern University, and was awarded a doctorate in
17    school administration from Indiana University in 1972; and

18        WHEREAS,  Dr.  Chapman  began  his  illustrious  teaching
19    career in Township High School District  211  in  1965  as  a
20    mathematics  teacher  at  William  Fremd High School where he
21    additionally  served  as   a   student   activity   director,
22    mathematics department chair, and assistant principal; he was
23    named Associate Principal at Hoffman Estates High School from
24    1973  to  1974;  he was appointed assistant superintendent in
25    1974  of  Township  High  School  District  211,  and  became
26    superintendent by 1990; and

27        WHEREAS, During his tenure as  superintendent,  Palatine,
28    Schaumburg,   and  James  B.  Conant  High  Schools  received
29    numerous recognitions for  excellence  in  education  by  the
30    United  States  Department  of  Education  that include being
31    named the "New American High School" in May 2000,  being  the
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 1    recipient  of the Blue Ribbon in May 2000, being rated as one
 2    of the top 99 high schools in America by U.S. News and  World
 3    Report magazine; and recognizing District 211 as the nation's
 4    best high school district by Expansion Management; and

 5        WHEREAS,  Dr.  Chapman  has authored several articles and
 6    performed numerous lectures during his  career  that  include
 7    providing  quarterly guest articles for the Daily Herald; and
 8    presenting  his  "View  of  the  Superintendency   from   the
 9    Superintendency"  for  the  Illinois  Association  of  School
10    Administrators; and

11        WHEREAS,  Dr. Chapman has been an active supporter of the
12    United Way, and under his leadership,  Township  High  School
13    District  211  has become a major suburban school contributor
14    to the United Way; other organizations that Dr.  Chapman  has
15    been  affiliated  with  over  the years include as member and
16    past chair of the Illinois State Board of  Education  Prairie
17    State  Examination  Advisory Committee, chair of the Palatine
18    Township Cemetery Committee, member of the Community Advisory
19    Board and Academic and Student Affairs Committee at Roosevelt
20    University,   trustee   at   Northwestern   University   A.P.
21    Consortium,  organization  leader  of  the   American   Heart
22    Association  Heart  Walk;  and  as  member  of  the  Board of
23    Directors of Northwest 2001, the Greater Palatine Chamber  of
24    Commerce  &  Industry,  the Illinois State Board of Education
25    "Right to Read" Initiative, the Suburban Cook County Regional
26    Office of Education, Palatine Park District,  Palatine  Lions
27    Club,  and  the St. Paul United Church of Christ in Palatine;
28    and

29        WHEREAS, Dr. Chapman has been the recipient  of  numerous
30    awards  and honors during his tenure that include being named
31    Illinois Superintendent of the Year for 2000 by the  American
32    Association  of  School  Administrators,  being recognized in
33    1988 and 1998 by the Illinois State Board of  Education  with
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 1    "Those  Who  Excel" Awards, and being honored by the villages
 2    of Palatine, Hoffman Estates, and  Schaumburg  with  separate
 3    "Dr. Gerald Chapman Days" in May 2000; therefore, be it

 6    we congratulate Dr. Gerald D. Chapman on  his  retirement  as
 7    Superintendent  of  Township High School District 211; and we
 8    wish him well in all of  his  future  endeavors;  and  be  it
 9    further

10        RESOLVED,  That  a  suitable  copy  of this resolution be
11    presented to Dr. Gerald D. Chapman as an  expression  of  our
12    esteem.

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