Local

Sangamon, Menard Regional Ed Offices to Consolidate
Sangamon, Menard Regional Ed Offices to Consolidate

The Illinois State Board of Education has redrawn the map of regional education offices to meet a deadline set by the legislature. There will be changes in central Illinois.

Sangamon County Regional Superintendent Jeff Vose says Menard County will consolidate with Sangamon County. It’s part of a resolution that Vose says he has been working on for over a year.

“We looked at the educational and financial issues and we vetted that process pretty well as far as what the cost is going to be.”

Vose believes the cost won’t be too bad on the district. Overall, about 3,000 students will be added with the consolidation. Three new districts will also be part of the merge. But with the addition of students and districts comes money. Vose estimates that about $250,000 is given in support of the district from Sangamon County. Within the agreement, about an additional $30,000 will come from Menard County.

Vose was in high support of adding Menard County to Sangamon’s education office. However, there were other proposals on the table that would have added more counties to the consolidation. He said it would be “unduly burdensome” to add Cass, Morgan and Scott Counties to the consolidation. That measure was not approved.

In Chicago, the Illinois State Board of Education voted on Friday, after hearing from regional superintendents who objected to the way the map would consolidate their offices, on a new state law that required the board to cut the number of regions from 44 to 35.