Dr. Robert Daiber of Marine took the oath of office Monday, June 22, kicking-off his third term as the Madison County Regional Superintendent of Schools.
Daiber was sworn in by the Circuit Judge Dennis Ruth and was accompanied by his wife, Karen. Daiber’s staff at the Regional Office of Education was present, as were Madison County officials including Chairman Alan Dunstan, Sheriff John Lakin, Coroner Steve Nonn, and Auditor Rick Faccin.
“It is an honor to serve the people of Madison County and work with excellent faculty members and administrators to ensure the more than 45,000 youth in kindergarten through 12th grade in the county receive the finest possible education in an environment conducive to learning,” Daiber said. “I am excited to begin my third term as regional superintendent of schools, and humbled by the challenges of educating and preparing our youth to make positive contributions to society and succeed in their chosen fields.”
In 2007, Daiber was appointed regional superintendent by Chairman Dunstan, and was subsequently elected to the office in 2008, and reelected in 2010 and 2014.
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Daiber’s swearing-in ceremony was held on Monday of last week to comply with the state of Illinois’ official calendar year, which runs from July 1 to June 30.
During his remarks, Daiber cited a number of accomplishments during his tenure, including the recognition and certification of all 90 schools in 13 districts in the county, the establishment of a countywide campus for alternative education programs, and opening the first Person VUE Testing Center in Madison County.
“The accomplishments of this office would not have been possible without the excellent work of the professional staff in the superintendent’s office, and the cooperation and support of the respective district superintendent’s,” Daiber said. “The excellent caliber of our educational system is one of the reasons why Madison County is a popular location for families to live and why businesses are interested in locating here.”
Daiber also thanked the people of Madison County.
“While nobody likes to pay taxes, the people of our county — even if they don’t have children of school age — have on numerous occasions stepped up and supporting funding for our schools, and our children,” Daiber said. “I sincerely believe support of education is investment spending that significantly contributes to the economic development of Madison County.
“Strong school districts are a key factor in attracting new residents, new companies and, importantly, new jobs.”
In 2011, Daiber was elected president of the Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents (IARSS), leading the organization through the difficult time when the superintendents were not funded. He recently finished a two-year term on the IARSS Executive Board.