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 1                          HOUSE RESOLUTION

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

 5        WHEREAS, It has come to our attention that  Michael  Cain
 6    of   Urbana,   Illinois,  is  retiring  from  his  duties  as
 7    Superintendent of Champaign Community Schools  Unit  District
 8    #4 on February 28, 2002; and

 9        WHEREAS,  Michael  Cain  was born on November 8, 1946, in
10    Champaign; he and his  wife  Jane  are  the  parents  of  two
11    children, Sara and Timothy; and

12        WHEREAS,  Mr.  Cain  earned  his  Bachelor's and Master's
13    degree in Education from Western Illinois University  and  an
14    Advanced  Certificate  in Educational Administration from the
15    University of Illinois; and

16        WHEREAS, Mr. Cain became  the  Principal  of  South  Side
17    Elementary  School  in  1976 and moved to Westview Elementary
18    School as Principal in 1979; in 1982, he became the Principal
19    of Colombia/Franklin Magnet Middle School; in 1990, Mr.  Cain
20    became  the  Director  of  Elementary Curriculum for Unit #4,
21    then Director of Curriculum in 1992; in 1993, he attained the
22    position of Assistant  Superintendent  until  1997,  when  he
23    became the Superintendent of Unit #4;  throughout his career,
24    he  remained within Champaign Community Schools Unit District
25    #4 and devoted his energy to improving the education standard
26    for the district; and

27        WHEREAS, For his outstanding efforts  in  education,  Mr.
28    Cain  received  the Outstanding Young Educator Award from the
29    Champaign Jaycees; some of Mr.  Cain's  many  accomplishments
30    include  the  passage  of school bond issues, the development
31    and implementation  of  a  performance  based  administrative
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 1    evaluation  program  for  principals, the development, at the
 2    request of the Chamber  of  Commerce,  of  criteria  for  the
 3    establishment   of  Project  Partners,  a  business/education
 4    partnership program, and the implementation of  Project  Even
 5    Start,  which is a collaborative effort between local schools
 6    that provide family literacy  opportunities  to  parents  and
 7    children; and

 8        WHEREAS,  Mr.  Cain  developed  various  at-risk  student
 9    programs  such  as peer mediation programs for elementary and
10    middle school students and the  Truant  Alternative  Optional
11    Education   Program;  he  developed  the  Summer  School  and
12    Extended Day programs, the Student Assistance Program at  the
13    middle  and  high  school  levels,  and  the Reading Recovery
14    program that provides intensive reading instruction to  first
15    grade students; and

16        WHEREAS,  Mr. Cain expanded the Get Ready Early Childhood
17    Program for children ages 3-5 who are  at  risk  of  academic
18    failure;  this  program  is  child  and  family-centered  and
19    focuses  on  the  total development of the preschooler; it is
20    funded through a State grant of over $600,000  and  currently
21    serves more than 350 students; and

22        WHEREAS,  Michael  Cain  developed  the  Champaign-Urbana
23    Early   Model  Parent  Training  Program  and  various  other
24    programs that stress  the  importance  of  the  parent  as  a
25    teacher and parent-child relationships; and

26        WHEREAS, Mr. Cain incorporated the latest technology into
27    education  by  working  closely  with the National Center for
28    Supercomputing Applications and providing the  district  with
29    high-speed  internet  capabilities  for  students  and staff,
30    among other technology-related development opportunities; and

31        WHEREAS, Mr.  Cain  is  on  the  Busey  Bank  President's
32    Council,  a  member  of  the  American  Association of School
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 1    Administrators,   the   Association   for   Supervision   and
 2    Curriculum Development, the United Way of  Champaign  County,
 3    where he is the regional coordinator, the Large Unit District
 4    Association,  and  the  Advisory  Board  for Volunteer Illini
 5    Projects; therefore, be it

 8    we  congratulate  Michael  Cain  for  his  years of dedicated
 9    service to Champaign Community Schools Unit District #4,  and
10    wish him well in all his future endeavors; and be it further

11        RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be sent
12    to Michael Cain as an expression of our esteem.

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