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 1                          HOUSE RESOLUTION

 2        WHEREAS,  The  members   of   the   Illinois   House   of
 3    Representatives  wish to congratulate Charles J. Thier on his
 4    retirement; and

 5        WHEREAS, Educator Charles Thier  has  served  the  Indian
 6    Springs School District #109 from 1961 to 1999 for a total of
 7    38 years; and

 8        WHEREAS,  He  taught  at  Bridgeview  School from 1961 to
 9    1967; he served as Assistant Principal at Wilkins Junior High
10    School from 1967 to 1970, and then as Principal from 1970  to
11    1991;  from  1978  to  1991  he  also  served  as Director of
12    Instruction for the school district; from 1991 to the present
13    he has served as Superintendent of Schools; and

14        WHEREAS,  While  serving  as  an  administrator  for  the
15    district, Mr.  Thier  promoted  educational  advancement  and
16    curricular  innovation;  he  encouraged staff toward advanced
17    education achievement and utilization of improved methods; he
18    promoted  non-traditional  educational   programs;   and   he
19    supported high expectations for student achievement; and

20        WHEREAS, As a school superintendent Mr. Thier has been an
21    active  supporter  of  efforts to increase school funding; he
22    has improved the school environment in the district;  he  has
23    upgraded   buildings   and  provided  direction  in  building
24    expansion to meet a growing student population  and  improved
25    teaching  methods  and  expanded educational programs; he has
26    brought his  school  district  from  deficit  spending  to  a
27    balanced  budget  without  a  tax  increase  request  to  the
28    community; and he has reduced by 50% the district's long-term
29    debt; and

30        WHEREAS,  He  has  implemented a comprehensive technology
31    program; he has encouraged the recognition  and  adoption  of
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 1    the  State Learning Standards; and he has led the district to
 2    North Central Association Accreditation; he has reduced class
 3    size; he has  established  a  comprehensive  and  appropriate
 4    staff  development  program;  and he has maintained an active
 5    involvement  in  IASA  on  the  local  and  State  level  and
 6    maintained a leadership role in  the  South  Cooperative  for
 7    Public Education; and

 8        WHEREAS,  Mr.  Thier  was  instrumental  in Dosher School
 9    legislation; and

10        WHEREAS, On May  16,  1999,  the  Indian  Springs  School
11    District   #109   will   dedicate   the   Charles   J.  Thier
12    Administrative Center; on  June  30,  1999,  Mr.  Thier  will
13    retire after 38 years of service; therefore, be it

16    we  congratulate  Charles  J.  Thier  on his retirement as an
17    educator; we wish him, along with  his  wife,  Patricia,  the
18    best for their future; and be it further

19        RESOLVED,  That  a  suitable  copy  of this resolution be
20    presented to Mr. Charles J. Thier,  along  with  our  sincere
21    regards.

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