REGIONAL OFFICES OF EDUCATION
Regional Superintendents of Schools are locally elected officials who administer Regional Offices of Education, which are grouped by county or counties throughout Illinois. Regional Offices of Education serve as a liaison between the Illinois State Board of Education and the local school districts throughout the county or counties they serve. The Collinsville School District boundaries fall within Madison and St. Clair Counties; however, the district is served mainly by the Madison County Regional Office of Education.
Responsibilities of the Regional Offices of Education
- Respond to legal questions from educators, boards of education and other citizens. Issue, register and renew teacher certificates.
- Supervise and assist in transportation programs, scientific literacy programs and other staff development programs.
- Administer G.E.D. testing programs and issue diplomas.
- Disseminate information on scholarships and teacher vacancies.
- Conduct professional growth opportunities.
- Approve school calendars, in-service days, workshops and institutes.
- Conduct hearings for school district reorganization.
- Administer truancy intervention programs and Safe School Alternative Education programs.
- Assist the Illinois State Board of Education in the evaluation and recognition of public schools, and private schools who ask to be recognized.
- Maintain maps of all school districts.
- Administer cooperative programs.
- Monitor public schools during strikes.
- Remove any member of a school board for failure to perform official duties.
- Assist with cooperatives, special education programs and vocational programs.
- Serve as Ex-Officio secretary of the Regional Board of School Trustees.
- Audit district claims for General State Aid, categorical funds, and federal grants.
- Review budgets, audits, evidence of indebtedness and annual financial reports.
- Check bonding of school treasurers.
- Disburse state and federal funds.
- Act as administrative and/or fiscal agent for appropriate programs.
Health and Life Safety
- Visit and inspect each public school annually.
- Supervise school buildings for health and life safety and condemn buildings if necessary.
- Provide courses in safety and first aid for bus drivers.
- Approve and issue building permits and occupancy permits.
- Respond to questions and concerns, including legal questions, from parents, teachers, administrators, board of education and other citizens.
- Promote and support educational programs and achievements of the schools and educators.
- Hold public hearing son topics vital to education.
- Serve as liaison between the state legislatures and local school districts.
- Serve as liaison between the Illinois State Board of Education and local school districts.
The Regional Office of Education is responsible for conducting the initial training required for all new school bus drivers prior to getting a bus permit and the annual refresher workshop required in the 12 month period prior to renewal.