Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) will have to determine how to trim down the number of regional school superintendents from 44 to 35 by
no later than November 23 as part of a new bill that passed last week.
recent bill, SB 1689, was sponsored by State Rep. Frank Mautino, (D-Spring
Valley) and State Sen. William Haine (D-Alton). The measure comes in response
to the lack of progress in reducing Illinois school superintendents to
35 as required in a bill the state legislature passed more than a year
“County boards were given until June 30 to come up with a
map to get them to 35. They did not succeed,” Mautino told the State
Journal-Register. “Our fallback was if they could not agree, that power
would default to the state board.”
As part of the plan, a minimum of 61,000 residents will be required within regional school district
boundaries, up from the previous 43,000. Those seeking the position of
regional school superintendent will now have between December 16 and December 23 to
file their petitions, which will give candidates a bigger window
of time to look over the ISBE's approved regional school district changes.
county boards have already signed off on resolutions to merge together to form new
school districts, but it's not yet clear if those agreements will be
honored. The regional superintendents’ association has provided ISBE
with a redistricting map that reaches the 35 district goal.
ISBE's next meeting is slated for November 22.