Brenda Murphy, president of the Des Plaines Elementary District 62 school board, has been named the 2013 Thomas Lay Burroughs Award recipient by the Illinois State Board of Education. The award recognizes educational leadership at the local level, and Murphy, elected in 1999, was selected for her leadership in helping students make academic gains, and closing the achievement gap with improved technology and an emphasis on early learning education. This distinction has been given to school board presidents in Illinois since 1991 in honor of Thomas Lay Burroughs, who was chairman of the State Board of Education and the Collinsville, IL school board. Des Plaines Mayor Matt Bogusz declared Dec. 16 to be Brenda Murphy Day in Des Plaines.
Dist. 62 board president honored
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