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Feel the roar of the engines

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ISD Superintendent Vacancy Announcement

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ISD Superintendent Vacancy Announcement


The State of Illinois

Office of the Governor

is seeking qualified candidates for the following vacancy:


Illinois School for the Deaf

Jacksonville, Illinois

The superintendent of the Illinois School for the Deaf (ISD) performs job duties for students whose primary disability is Deaf or hard of hearing and who may have secondary disabilities, ages birth to 22.


General responsibilities include:


  • Oversight of all school administration and operations, including educational, residential, transition and related programs.
  • Setting high standards and ensuring they are met when planning, organizing and directing staff in delivering high quality educational and residential programming to promote cognitive, physical and social growth of students in compliance with the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) mandates and federal statutes.
  • Establishing and maintaining positive relationships with outside agencies, including the Department of Human Services (DHS), ISBE, state and local education agencies, the ISD Advisory Council, parent organizations, alumni association, service providers, national organizations and community service organizations.
  • Establishing fiscal oversight/control of school budgets including strategic and fiscal planning with the DHS Budget Division and other entities.
  • Establishing and maintaining a good, strong working relationship with the various unions represented on campus, including contract negotiations and interpreting collective bargaining rights.
  • Representing ISD, DHS and the state of Illinois at hearings, meetings and conferences and serve as liaison to advocates, community service agencies, parents and the general public on issues related to the education of students who are Deaf or hard of hearing.


Specific responsibilities include:


  • Ensure ongoing curriculum development.
  • Support and promote Career/Technical Education programs within the transition curriculum.
  • Establish good communication and effective working relationships with internal and external entities, the media, legislators, etc., following proper procedures and protocol for notification to DHS administration.
  • Ensure understanding of and adherence to ISD’s mission, key policies and compliance requirements.
  • Direct strategic planning activities utilizing members of the Advisory Council, advocacy groups, key staff and other stakeholders.
  • Ensure an effective staff complement, including the recruitment, training and development, performance management, support and retention of qualified staff.
  • Enforce ethics standards for all students, staff and employees of ISD.
  • Ensure the delivery of high quality programming by the principals, director of student life  and other key administrators and staff.
  • Support staff in the continuous upgrade of curriculum, training and technical resources.
  • Promote programs and curriculum for all students who are Deaf or hard of hearing across the state.
  • Make use of, as well as ensure training and use by staff of data bases, including tests scores and their interpretation, graduation rates, transition outcomes, etc.



Candidate must have the following:


•             Current and valid credentials from the Illinois State Board of Education.

•             A superintendent endorsement.

•             Degrees in both educational administration and deaf education.

•             A minimum of fifteen (15) years of experience in either deaf education, the

administration of deaf education, or a combination of the two.


Experience and Knowledge:


  • Candidate must have working knowledge of the Illinois School Code or the ability to acquire this knowledge as well as working knowledge of federal statues related to special education, IDEA, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.
  • Candidate must possess effective communication skills, advanced abilities in signing, writing, speaking, listening as well as strong self management and interpersonal skills.
  • Candidate must be a child/student centered leader and understand behavior issues related to disabilities.
  • Candidate must possess knowledge and understanding of secondary disabilities.


This position is appointed by the Governor of Illinois and confirmed by the Illinois Senate.  Also, this position is a 12 month position and the starting salary is negotiable.


If interested in applying for this position, please send the following to Kristine Smith, Director, Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Rehabilitation Services, 100 South Grand Avenue, East, 2nd floor, PO Box 19429, Springfield, Illinois  62794-9429 by September 30, 2015.  Information can also be sent electronically to:  Kris.Smith@illinois.gov


  • Resume
  • Letter of Intent
  • Copies of relevant certificates and endorsements
  • Copies of relevant transcripts





Feel the roar of the engines




BRISTOL, Tenn. — The roar of the engines, the crashing of metal on metal and the cheers and jeers of the fans attract thousands to Bristol Motor Speedway, but a handful of visitors this week won’t hear any of that.

About 55 deaf NASCAR fans will attend the races as part of the Deaf NASCAR organization, directed by founder Gary Edwards (Class of 1988) of Chicago, Illinois, and President Jeff Prail of Little Rock, Arkansas.

“For us, as a deaf person, many times, we don’t have the opportunity to hear what other race fans can,” Prail said Friday, while resting at Dave and Kaye’s Family Campground in Bristol. “For us, it’s the feel of the engine, the feel of the car. It’s a different experience.”

Deaf fans still enjoy the race.

“We can still be involved,” Prail said. “We can talk trash to each other about our drivers. It’s also a culture. We share the same passion. We love racing and this is one way for us to get together as a group.”

The founder’s wife, Rosemary Edwards, said through an interpreter that it creates a “wonderful bond.”

Deaf race fans from about eight states, and as far away as Canada, are visiting BMS this week. The group started in 2013, when four fans visited Charlotte Motor Speedway. They visit one speedway a year, including Kentucky Speedway in 2014.

“It gives us an opportunity to experience different race tracks, instead of the same race track every year,” Prail said.

Gary Edwards started the group after attending a race and feeling frustrated.

“It was really hard for him to read lips and they don’t sign,” said Prail, who noted that Rosemary Edwards suggested that her husband start the organization.

Gary Edwards, a Kevin Harvick fan, visited Bristol last year.

“It never stops. I loved it,” he said through an interpreter.

When visiting Kentucky in 2014, Edwards was able to meet his favorite driver, who Prail said was a “very nice and friendly guy.”

They’ve also met a few other drivers. Prail said Kyle Busch is his favorite driver and Rosemary Edwards, who doesn’t have a favorite driver, likes the M&M car because she loves chocolate.

Prail said speedways don’t necessarily accommodate deaf fans as they should.

“One of the biggest frustrations for Gary and I is that we saw people that have the ability to use scanners and they can hear the drivers and the pit crew,” Prail said. “We can’t hear what they’re saying. As a race fan, that’s the area where we are left out. That’s the ultimate race fan experience.”

Speedways also don’t offer captioning for deaf fans. Prail noted that football and baseball stadiums normally offer captioning.

“If there is an accident on the other side of the track, we have no way of knowing,” Prail said.”The hearing race fan has the opportunity to pick that up. We have to get that from other race fans.”

They hope NASCAR will use captioning in the future at speedways.

But they love Bristol. Prail said BMS is his favorite track. Gary Edwards, whose favorite track is Talladega Superspeedway, said BMS is a close second favorite.

At the campground, the group plays games, such as cornhole, and enjoys the cooking of Kurt Ramborger, who they call the “deaf chef.” Ramborger has appeared on the Food Network.

Prail said he appreciates the support of Dave and Kaye Harr, the campground’s owners.

“They really went out of their way to make this happen for us and let us stay together,” he said. “That was the key for us so we can stay together and not be separated.”

For more information visit www.deafnascar.com.

[Excerpt from Herald Courier, http://m.heraldcourier.com]

Recognizing ISD’s USA Deaf Olympians


1st Row: S. Robey Burns; John Chudzikiewicz; Wayne Otten; William VanSpankeren; Robert Montfort; Don Phelps.
2nd Row: William Zachariasen; Mike Ubowski; Dan Fitzpatrick; David Gurley; Mike Aubry; Robert Mansell.
3rd Row: Jeff Brown; Charles Hammack; Ronald Mattson; Steve McLeod; Paul White; Kevin Smith.
4th Row: Eric Smith; Nikki Surber; Brandy Tetzlaff Hayes; Steve Haynie; Luke Zurkamer; Dwayne Esper.

24 ISD Alumni who have participated in the USA Deaflympics, also known as CISS and World Games for the Deaf in the past years, will be recognized at the ISDAA Hall of Fame’s 25th Anniversary fete. Even though six of those participants are deceased, it is hopeful that most of the remaining 18 USA athletes from ISD will be able to make the trip to Jacksonville and receive recognition for their Deaflympics participation during the Hall of Fame banquet.

Location of the banquet has been moved to Reichert Banquet Bar and Grill located at 1852 South Main Street in South Jacksonville. This place has spacious space and with no obstructive poles to interfere and has an overhead projector to show the powerpoint slides of all the Olympians as well as other items in the agenda for all of the audience to easily follow through.

Banquet tickets are now on sale and please contact Tonya Logsdon if you have any questions or concerns about the banquet or the event. Her email address is (5teqrose@gmail.com). For other information regarding the Hall of Fame, contact Bob Dramin, Hall of Fame chair at (bdramin@aol.com)

Cost of dinner is $25.00 and must be purchased before September 25th. All tickets sold after that date will be $30.00. So, please hurry and purchase your tickets from one of the Hall of Fame committee or use the coupon (ISDAA 25th Anniversary Hall of Fame Banquet) to print and mail it to Tonya Logsdon.


What is ASL?

What is ASL? America Sign Language is a visual language. It was originated approximately 200 years ago. ASL is a language with its own unique rules of grammar and syntax. The brain processes linguistic information through the eyes. The shape, placement, and movement of the hands, as well as facial expressions and body movements, all play important parts in conveying information.

***Very beneficial and informative articles***

Explaining BICS and CALP: Classroom teachers need to understand the difference between social language and acidic language acquisition. (You can find simple description of BICS and CALP by going to this link: (http://www.everythingesl.net/inservices/bics_calp.php)

America Sign Language Spoken Here: For deaf and hard of hearing individuals, sign language provide a clear and effective means of communication. (Http://www.nsf.gov/discoveries/disc_summ.jsp?cntn_id=100168)

Research on Baby Sign Language: Research on baby sign language proves that teaching baby signs improves cognitive and emotional development. Far from slowing down speech, baby sign language actually increases the rate of verbal development and at the same time it increases the parent/child bond. (Http://www.babysignlanguage.com/?s=Research+on+baby+sign+language)

***ASL Storytelling***

Illinois School for the Deaf Alumni Association will announce a fun, exciting yet thriving educational ASL storytelling on their website sometime soon in late Fall. You can also contact us at kids4asltaskforceillinois@yahoo.com for more information.

***Individual Education Plan***

If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s IEP rights, you can contact us at kids4asltaskforceillinois@yahoo.com.

Kids 4 ASL Task Force are looking forward to help you with any questions or concerns you may have about your child’s education needs, communication needs and IEP rights.

**ASL is the best choice for language acquisition and for a natural education delivery. Protect your child’s rights to ASL in educational environment.**


For more information, please check www.ISDAA.org

ISD Governance Proposal

Sec. 0.01. Short title.  This Act may be cited as the Illinois Deaf School for the Deaf Act.

Sec. 1.  Policy. Purposes. Roles. Responsibility.

(A)  It shall be the policy of the State of Illinois to provide an educational program and expanded opportunities for students with hearing disabilities who are unable to take advantage of the regular educational facilities provided in the community, in order to nourish an informed citizenry, assure appropriate skills for the work force, and assist in the preparation of professionals to serve the interest of Illinois.  It shall further be the policy to enlist the support of the educational, vocational, public and private agencies and organizations serving deaf and hard of hearing in a cooperative effort to provide effective educational service to deaf and hard of hearing students. 


(B) It is the purpose of this Act to provide for the transfer of certain rights, powers, duties, functions, and assets currently exercised by the Department of Human Services to Illinois School for the Deaf.  It is intended to make possible the more effective and efficient operation of the school.


(C)  The primary roles of the Illinois School for the Deaf shall be to offer:

(1) educational programs for students who are deaf and hard of hearing.  Pre-school, elementary, secondary, vocational, and pre-college levels will be provided.  Other programs and curriculum deemed necessary to assure the elements of a strong general education required of deaf and hard of hearing students will include but not limited to assistive technology, independent living skills, vocational preparation, advocacy skills and self-determination.  All instructions and programs shall adhere to federal and Illinois educational codes and each student’s Individual Education Plan in order to assure national accreditation of the school. 

(2) evaluations and assessments of deaf and hard of hearing students as well as outreach services, early intervention services, consultation services, technical assistances, and summer programs for deaf and hard of hearing students, their families, and Illinois schools and programs that serve deaf and hard of hearing students.


(D) The Illinois School for the Deaf shall also carry a responsibility to stimulate the development of similar programs for all Illinois schools that have deaf and hard of hearing students.  That responsibility may be exercised through any or all of the following means:
            (1) Stimulating curriculum development and best practice methods along with revisions              needed through the collaborative efforts of universities, elementary and secondary             schools, the deaf and hard of hearing community and vocational community.

(2) Identifying or developing appropriate tools and/or assessments to measure the student’s academic progress and effectiveness of the educational programs.

(3) Providing professional development for individuals working with deaf and hard of hearing children.
(4) Hosting summer institute opportunities for Illinois deaf educators, educational interpreters and other support staff.

(5) Creating the opportunity and potential to link vocational programs, assistive technology and employment programs to the work of the school.

(6) Offering speakers and programs for teacher institutes and in-service training around the State.
(7) Producing videotapes and/or materials of teaching strategies for use in the Illinois schools.
(8) Providing assistance in identifying necessary competencies to be incorporated in public school district graduation requirements.

(9) Acting as a liaison with all state agencies that provide educational services to individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing.


Sec. 2. Establishment. Location. Transfer of Power. Funding and Enrollment.

(A)  The Illinois School for the Deaf, which is a residential and day-school institution is located in  Jacksonville, Illinois.  The school may develop additional campuses or utilize existing state owned campuses throughout the State; however, any additional campus does not need to serve as a residential institution.  


(B)  On the effective date of this Act, the Department of Human Services shall cease to operate the Illinois School for the Deaf and that:

(1)  all the powers, duties, and functions currently exercised by the Department of Human Services shall be transferred to the Illinois School for the Deaf.

(2)  all assets, property, and personnel currently overseen by the Department of Human Services shall be transferred to the Illinois School for the Deaf.

(3)  all appropriations, funds, and grants currently appropriated to the Department of Human Services shall be transferred to the Illinois School for the Deaf.

(4)  all contracts, agreements, memorandums, and addendums currently administered by the Department of Human Services shall be transferred to the Illinois School for the Deaf.

(5)  all reports, documents, surveys, books, records, files, papers, and written materials related to the Illinois School for the Deaf currently in the possession of the Department of Human Services shall be transferred into the custody of the Illinois School for the Deaf.

(6)  all rules, policies, standards, and procedures established by the Department of Human Services shall be deemed rules, policies, standards, and procedures of the Illinois School for the Deaf and shall remain in effect until amended or repealed by the school.
(C)  The Illinois School for the Deaf shall be a state agency, funded by State appropriations, the private contributions and endowments.  In order to be eligible for State appropriations, the School shall submit to the Department of Human Services not later than the 1st day of October of each year its budget proposal for the operation and capital needs of the school for its next fiscal year.

(D)  The Illinois School for the Deaf shall adopt an admission policy which permits day-school or residential enrollment, when resources are sufficient, to eligible students with a hearing loss.  The school may enroll other students with hearing loss at the request of their parents or guardians.  Students shall be eligible for admission to the school only after proper diagnosis and evaluation, in accordance with procedures prescribed by the school.  The Illinois School for the Deaf shall promulgate rules and regulations necessary for the implementation of this subsection.


Sec. 3. Board of Trustees.

(A) The Illinois School for the Deaf shall be governed by a Board of Trustees that are appointed by the Governor, except the Ex Officio members, which shall consist of the following members:
            1. Ex officio non-voting members who shall be:

(a)   The State Superintendent of Education or its designee,

(b)  The Secretary of the Department of Human Services or its designee,

(c)   An Illinois Senator or its designee to be appointed by the Illinois Senate President,

(d)  An Illinois Representative or its designee to be appointed by the Illinois House Speaker,

2. One non-Illinois School for the Deaf representative of Early Intervention, Elementary, or Secondary Education whom is certified, licensed and/or trained to work with the deaf/hard of hearing.

3. One representative from the Career Technology Education or Vocational Training.

4. One representative of Higher Education, whom must be from a Deaf Education program.

5. Two representatives of parents of deaf/hard of hearing children of whom at least one parent must be deaf/hard of hearing:

(a) one must have a child currently at the Illinois School for the Deaf.

(b) one must have a deaf or hard of hearing child enrolled in a public, private, or charter school.

6. Two representatives of alumni of the Illinois School for the Deaf.

7. Four representatives who are deaf and hard of hearing:

(a)   two must be professionals working with the deaf/hard of hearing.

(b)  one must be a member of a deaf/hard of hearing organization.

(c)   one must be a member from the deaf/hard of hearing community at-large.

8. Two representatives of retired employees from the Illinois School for the Deaf of whom at least one must be deaf/hard of hearing:

(a) one must be from the academic or vocational program.

(b) one must be from the residential program.


(B) With the exception of the initial appointments, the members terms of office shall be for 3 years.  No member shall serve more than 2 consecutive terms.  At the first meeting, members shall draw lots for appointments of 1, 2, or 3 year initial terms. Vacancies shall be filled for the unexpired portions of the terms by appointments of the Governor.  The initial terms shall commence upon appointment and upon expiration of a term; the member shall continue serving until a successor is appointed. The Board shall select a chair from among its members who shall serve a 2 year term as chair. Members shall receive no salary for their services but shall be reimbursed for actual expenses incurred in the performance of their duties.

Sec. 4. Powers of the Board.

(A) The board is hereby authorized to:
            (1) Accept donations, bequests, or other forms of financial assistance for educational             purposes from any public or private person or agency and comply with rules and             regulations governing grants from the federal government or from any other person or             agency, which are not in contravention of the Illinois Constitution, the laws of the State             of Illinois or Section 7 of this Act.

(2) Purchase equipment and make improvements to facilities necessary for the use of the school, in accordance with applicable law.
(3) Adopt, amend, or repeal rules, regulations, bylaws, and policies necessary or proper for the conduct of the business of the board.
(4) Award certificates and issue diplomas for successful completion of programs of study requirements.
(5) Select a Superintendent who shall be the chief administrative officer of the Illinois School for the Deaf and who shall administer the rules, regulations, and policies adopted by the Board pursuant hereto. The Superintendent shall also be the chief administrative officer of the Board and shall be responsible for all the administrative functions, duties, and needs of the Board.
The Superintendent shall have an administrative certificate with a superintendent endorsement as provided for under Section 21-7.1 of the School Code, and shall have degrees in both educational administration and deaf education, together with at least 15 years of experience in either deaf education, the administration of deaf education, or a combination of the 2.
(6) Determine educational, residential, and staff positions necessary for the efficient operation of the school and select personnel who are licensed by the
Illinois State Board of Education or licensed/certified by the appropriate agency or entity to which licensing authority has been delegated, as well as all other employees of the Illinois School for the Deaf, subject to the provisions of the Personnel Code and any applicable collective bargaining agreements.

(7) Prepare and adopt an annual budget necessary for the continued operation of the school.
(8) Enter into contracts and agreements which have been recommended by the Superintendent, in accordance with applicable law, and to the extent that funds are specifically appropriated therefore, with other public agencies with respect to cooperative enterprises and undertaking related to or associated with an educational purpose or program affecting education in the school. This shall not preclude the Board from entering into other such contracts and agreements that it may deem necessary to carry out its duties and functions.
(9) Perform such other functions as are necessary to the supervision and control of those phases of education under its supervision and control.
(10) The Board shall delegate to the Superintendent such of its administrative powers and duties as it deems appropriate to aid the Superintendent in the efficient administration of his/her responsibility for the implementation of the policies of the Board.
(11) The Illinois School for the Deaf shall be empowered to lease or purchase real and personal property on commercially reasonable terms for the use of the school. After July 1, 2015, any leases or purchases of real or personal property and any disposition thereof by the school must be in compliance with the provisions of The Civil Administrative Code of Illinois and the State Property Control Act. Personal property acquired for the use of the school shall be inventoried and disposed of in accordance with the State Property Control Act.

(B)  In addition to the authorities granted herein and any powers, duties, and responsibilities vested by any other applicable laws, the Board shall:

(1) Adopt rules, regulations, policies, and procedures necessary for the efficient operation of the school.

(2) Establish criteria to be used in determining eligibility of applicants for enrollment. Such criteria shall ensure adequate geographic, sexual and ethnic representation.

(3) Determine subjects and extracurricular activities to be offered.

(4) Pay salaries and expenses, including but not necessarily restricted to facilities, equipment, and supplies of the faculty and staff of the school out of funds appropriated or otherwise made available for the operating and administrative expenses of the Board and the school.

(5) Exercise budgetary responsibility and allocate for expenditure by the school and programs under its jurisdiction, all monies appropriated or otherwise made available for purposes of the Board and of such school and programs.

(6) Prescribe and select for use in the school free school books and other materials of instruction for children enrolled in the school and programs under its jurisdiction for which the General Assembly provides funds.

(7) Prepare and adopt or approve programs of study and rules, regulations, policies, and procedures for the conduct of students and for the government of the school and programs under its jurisdiction.

(8) Employ such personnel as may be needed, governing their employment, discipline, dismissal, and compensation subject to the provisions of the Personnel Code and any applicable collective bargaining agreements.


Sec. 5.  Financial Participation of Students Attending the Illinois School for the Deaf.
(A) The Illinois School for the Deaf is required to provide eligible students with disabilities with a free and appropriate public education as required by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and Article 14 of the Illinois School Code.


(B)  The Illinois School for the Deaf shall promulgate rules concerning fees for activities or services at the school with input from (i) the superintendent of the Illinois School for the Deaf and (ii) Directors of Special Education from selected Local Education Agencies who place students at the schools. Parents or guardians of students attending the school may be asked to financially participate in the following fees for services or activities provided at the school:

(1) Registration.
(2) Books, labs, and supplies (fees may vary depending on the classes in which a student participates).

(3) Athletic or extracurricular activities (students participating in multiple activities will not be required to pay for more than 2 activities).

(4) Driver’s education (if applicable).
(5) Graduation.
(6) Yearbook (optional).
(7) Activities (trips or leisure activities not associated with classroom curriculum).

(8) Other activities or services identified by the school, pursuant to rule.

Exceptions may be granted to parents or guardians who are unable to meet the financial participation obligations. The Illinois School for the Deaf shall promulgate rules concerning requests for exception to the financial participation at the schools.
Any fees collected for activities or services identified in (1) through (8) under this subsection (b) shall be held locally by the school and used exclusively for the purpose for which the fee was assessed. A separate locally held fund shall be established by the school for this purpose.


Sec. 6. Various Funds 

The Illinois School for the Deaf shall have the authority to do the following:

(A)  Assess and collect (i) student activity fees and (ii) charges to school districts for transportation of students required under the School Code and provided by the school. The school shall direct the expenditure of all money that has been or may be received by school as profit on sales from commissary stores, student activity fees, or charges for student transportation. The money shall be deposited into a locally held fund and expended under the direction of the school for the special comfort, pleasure, and amusement of students and employees and the transportation of students, provided that amounts expended for comfort, pleasure, and amusement of employees shall not exceed the amount of profits derived from sales commissary stores, student activity fees, and charges for student transportation.  

(B)  Funds deposited with the school by or for students at the school shall be deposited into interest-bearing accounts, and money received as interest and income on those funds shall be deposited into a "needy student fund" to be held and administered by the school. Money in the "needy student fund" shall be expended for the special comfort, pleasure, and amusement of the students at the school.  

(C) Any money belonging to residents separated by death, discharge, or unauthorized absence from the school, in custody of the school may, if unclaimed by the student or the legal representatives of the student for a period of 2 years, be expended at the direction of the school for the purposes and in the manner specified in this subsection (b). Articles of personal property, with the exception of clothing left in the custody of the school, shall, if unclaimed for the period of 2 years, be sold and the money disposed of in the same manner.

(1) Clothing left at the school by residents at the time of separation may be used as determined by the institution if unclaimed by the resident or legal representatives of the resident within 30 days after notification.

(D) Accept and hold in behalf of the State, if for the public interest, a grant, gift, or legacy of money or property to the State of Illinois, to the school, made in trust for the maintenance or support of a resident of the school, or for any other legitimate purpose connected with the school. The school shall cause each gift, grant, or legacy to be kept as a distinct fund, and shall invest the gift, grant, or legacy in the manner provided by the laws of this State as those laws now exist or shall hereafter be enacted relating to securities in which the deposits in savings banks may be invested. The school may, however, in its discretion, deposit in a proper trust company or savings bank, during the continuance of the trust, any fund so left in trust for the life of a person and shall adopt rules and regulations governing the deposit, transfer, or withdrawal of the fund. The school shall, on the expiration of any trust as provided in any instrument creating the trust, dispose of the fund thereby created in the manner provided in the instrument. The school shall include in its required reports a statement showing what funds are so held by it and the condition of the funds. Monies found on students at the time of their admission, or accruing to them during their stay at the school, and monies deposited with the Superintendent by relatives, guardians, or friends of residents for the special comfort and pleasure of a resident, shall remain in the possession of the Superintendent, who shall act as trustee for disbursement to, in behalf of, or for the benefit of the student. All types of retirement and pension benefits from private and public sources may be paid directly to the superintendent for deposit to the student's trust fund account.


(E) Maintain, and deposit receipts from the sale of tickets to athletic, musical, and other events, fees for participation in school sponsored tournaments and events, and revenue from student activities relating to charges for art and woodworking projects, charges for automobile repairs, and other revenue generated from student projects into, locally held accounts not to exceed $20,000 per account for the purposes of (i) providing immediate payment to officials, judges, and athletic referees for their services rendered and for other related expenses at school sponsored contests, tournaments, or events, (ii) providing payment for expenses related to student revenue producing activities such as art and woodworking projects, automotive repair work, and other student activities or projects that generate revenue and incur expenses, and

(iii) providing students who are enrolled in an independent living program with cash so that they may fulfill course objectives by purchasing commodities and other required supplies.

(F) Advance moneys from its appropriations to be maintained in locally held accounts at the schools to establish (i) a "Student Compensation Account" to pay students for work performed under the student work program, and (ii) a "Student Activity Travel Account" to pay transportation, meals, and lodging costs of students, coaches, and activity sponsors while traveling off campus for sporting events, lessons, and other activities directly associated with the representation of the school. Funds in the "Student Compensation Account" shall not exceed $20,000, and funds in the "Student Activity Travel Account" shall not exceed $200,000.


(G) Establish a locally held account (referred to as the Account) to hold, maintain and administer the Therkelsen/Hansen College Loan Fund (referred to as the Fund). All cash represented by the Fund shall be transferred from the State Treasury to the Account. The school shall promulgate rules regarding the maintenance and use of the Fund and all interest earned thereon; the eligibility of potential borrowers from the Fund; and the awarding and repayment of loans from the Fund; and other rules as applicable regarding the Fund. The administration of the Fund and the promulgation of rules regarding the Fund shall be consistent with the will of Petrea Therkelsen, which establishes the Fund.

(H) Promulgate rules of conduct applicable to the students of the school. The rules shall include specific standards to be used by the school to determine (i) whether financial restitution shall be required in the event of losses or damages resulting from a resident's action and (ii) the ability of the student and the student's parents to pay restitution.



Sec. 7.  Illinois Administrative Procedure Act.

The provisions of the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act are hereby expressly adopted and shall apply to all administrative rules and procedures of the Illinois School for the Deaf under this Act, except that Section 5-35 of the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act relating to procedures for rule-making does not apply to the adoption of any rule required by federal law in connection with which the school is precluded by law from exercising any discretion.


Sec. 8.  Indemnify.

The Illinois School for the Deaf, its board of trustees, and its employees shall be represented and indemnified in certain civil law suits in accordance with “An Act to provide for representation and indemnification in certain civil law suits”, approved December 3, 1977, as amended.

Sec. 9. 

(A) Neither the Illinois School for the Deaf, nor its officers, employees or board members shall participate in the creation of any corporation, joint venture, partnership, association, or other organizational entity which exercises, expands, or enhances the powers, duties, or responsibilities of the school unless specifically authorized by the General Assembly by law.


(B) This Section does not restrict the Illinois School for the Deaf from creating any organization entity which is within or a part of the school.