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ISD Superintendent Vacancy Announcement

ISDAA President - Susan Dramin-Weiss shares the news about the position. Watch video. More »



On one of Bob Dramin ‘88’s summer trips to St. Louis, he decided to drop in to visit Mike Moore at Dolan Memory Care Homes. The visit was bittersweet but was a good one with reviving some old memories of Mike’s years as basketball coach and athletic director at ISD. 



 He was able to recall vaguely all the wonderful years of bringing CSSD  championships to ISD when ISD fielded excellent teams during those years between 1964 and 1999 as an ISD employee. 

ISDAA Board Meeting

ISDAA Board meeting is cancelled on August 27 due to lack of quorum.

Next meeting is on Sunday, September 11. TBA: Location

See you all there,
ISDAA President Susan Dramin-Weiss

Honoring Mrs. Kramer

It was Dorothy Kramer’s 90th Birthday Party in Quincy on June 26th 2016.

ISD Alumni were:

Back row: Cissy Brown 1970-71, Nick Campbell 2005, Dick Craig 1963, Robert Higdon Isd 1962, Dale Gillam 1971. Second row: Elaine Lantz Cady 1958, Janice Onderbeke & Joe Henning 1965, Rosa Correa 1979, Terri Ashbaugh 1985. Sitting: Ruby Mackey Marie ISD 1950, Dorothy Fengel Kramer 1945, Rose Mackey Deushane ISD 1945. Absent: Rose Zanger Cherry 1971.

Collaboration on the search for ISD Superintendent

Dr. Beth Purvis, Secretary of Education, and John Miller, Director of IDHHC, in a
collaborative effort have met to discuss a proactive approach to recruit and hire a
highly qualified superintendent for the Illinois School for the Deaf (ISD). Secretary
Purvis has requested IDHHC to take the lead in the search. A “listening tour” will
be conducted in order to collect a united vision of ISD. This will include reaching
out to the following groups at ISD: Administrators, Teachers, Advisory Board Members,
& Parents of ISD students. In an effort to ensure a comprehensive vision is
developed for the ISD Superintendent search, IDHHC has established a steering
committee comprised of the following members who have graciously agreed to assist:

* SHERI COOK, Gallaudet University Regional Center Representative of John A. Logan
College, Deaf Educator;
* JOAN FORNEY, former ISD Superintendent;
* KARLA GIESE, Deaf Educator of AG Bell Montessori School, IDHHC Commissioner; &
* AMY RICHARDS, Illinois State Board of Education Deaf Services Specialist.

Over the course of the summer, IDHHC will be meeting with the steering committee to
implement a plan for the “listening tour” in the fall once ISD is back in session. The Commission
will also work closely with Kris Smith, Director of Department of Human Services,
Division of Rehabilitation Services, and Serena Preston, ISD Interim Superintendent, to
ensure a clear understanding as well as expectations of both the search and the listening

In an effort to widen the search nationwide, IDHHC will reach out to various national organizations
for assistance in disseminating the information of the superintendent position. This
also includes the National Association of the Deaf Conference (NAD) and the National
Deaf Education Conference (NDEC) to be held July 5-9th in Phoenix, Arizona.

The Commission is honored to provide assistance to James T. Dimas, Secretary of
the Department of Human Services and Kris Smith, Director of the Division of Rehabilitation
Services in the superintendent search process.

The Commission will continue to communicate it’s progress with all interested stakeholders
on this important journey.

[Source from http://www.illinois.gov/idhhc/community/Documents/Newsletters/June%202016.pdf]

In Memory of Anna Conner


It is sad to announce that Anna Conner, age 97, Class of 1940, of Munster, IN, passed away Saturday, March 12, 2016. She is survived by her children, Donald F. (Kelly) Conner and Elizabeth (Rogelio) Villalobos; grandchildren, Donald II (Dawn), Daniel (Michelle), Carrie (Tyrone), Marisa (Stuart) Wilson, Vanessa, Elizabeth and Roger III; and many great and great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Farris Conner, Sr.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 16, 2016 DIRECTLY at South Side Christian Church 1000 Broadmoor Ave. Munster, IN, with Pastor Martin Dych and Rev. Dayton Williams, officiating. Interment will follow at Concordia Cemetery Forest Park, IL. Visitation will be on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at Kish Funeral Home 10000 Calumet Ave. Munster, IN, from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., and again at the church on Wednesday, from 9:30 a.m. until the 10:00 a.m. service.

Anna was a strong, vibrant woman and active member and officer of multiple Deaf organizations. A friend too many, she enjoyed sports, including baseball and bowling. Anna loved her White Sox. She was a doting mother, grandmother, whose greatest legacy was her passion for life. Anna was a unique and successful Deaf woman, she remains an inspiration to many.