The Joliet Township High School Foundation invites the community to a special reception honoring long-time Board of Education Member, Jeff Pierson. Jeff is retiring from the Joliet Township High School Board of Education after dedicating over 17 years of service.
The reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 2 in the Joliet West High School Cafeteria, 401 N. Larkin Avenue in Joliet. Appetizers will be served and musical entertainment will be provided by Joliet West High School students courtesy of the Joliet West High School Foundation.
Jeff Pierson has served as a member of the Joliet Township High School Board of Education since 2001, demonstrating an unwavering commitment to JTHS schools and the community through service, community outreach and effective communication.
In his first year as a board member, JTHS adopted its very first Strategic Plan. The planning process, which still exists today, is completed in partnership with all stakeholders, including community representatives, parents, students, staff, board members, and administration. This collaborative process allows the district to hear the voices of the community, which created an open line of ongoing communication.
Prior to the Strategic Plan, JTHS was operating in the red with poor financial management. School facilities were aging, and relations with the community were strained. During Mr. Pierson’s tenure on the Board of Education, JTHS has become the school of choice in the community. Joliet Central and West High School have award-winning state-of-the-art facilities. The district received prestigious awards such as the 2017 College Board AP District of the Year, and the Chicago Tribune Top Workplace Award.
Mr. Pierson is a lifelong resident of Joliet, an alumnus of Joliet West High School (’82), the husband of West alumna Lisa Pierson (’76), and a parent of a West graduate Jack Pierson (’18). Each of these roles provides a unique perspective that Mr. Pierson has used as he interacts with the community. Mr. Pierson never misses the opportunity to leverage his community involvement to create opportunities for students. This extensive involvement includes Board Member for the Rialto Square Theatre, President of the Rotary Club of Joliet, Board Member for Guardian Angel Community Services, member of the Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce and Industry, retired lieutenant for the Lisle-Woodridge Fire District, and financial advisor for Voyager Group. Mr. Pierson rallied community connections to pass a referendum in 2007 for two field houses, which allowed the district to re-establish two sports teams after having to consolidate due to financial hardship.
Throughout his years of service, Mr. Pierson has put the JTHS community and students first. The Joliet Township High School Foundation is honored to recognize Mr. Pierson’s contributions to the Board of Education.