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Commissioners rescind ROE consolidation ordinance

Posted December 20, 2012 by Joe Rehana in News

Johnson County board of commissioners voted two-to-one Monday night to rescind a previously enacted ordinance that supported the recommendations of a five-person citizens committee calling for the consolidation of regional office of education 2 with ROE 30.

The commissioners moved to enact an ordinance that would instead align it with the recommendations favored by each of the five Johnson County school boards to consolidate with ROE 21.

Regional office of education consolidations come as Illinois continues to look at ways of trimming its budget requiring each region to have at least 61,000 inhabitants in order to keep its ROE. The five counties that make up ROE 2, which is comprised by Alexander, Johnson, Massac, Pulaski and Union counties, is short of the population mandate and means it will need to be absorbed by another region.  The consolidation process provides nearly two years to make a transition voluntarily before the Illinois state board of education would step in and manage the change. Johnson County school boards submitted letters of recommendations to the Johnson County board of commissioners requesting to consolidate with regional office of education 21, which is comprised of Franklin and Williamson counties and which is directly contiguous with Johnson County.

Johnson County board of commissioners acted Nov. 13 to support the petition of the five-person citizens committee selected by regional office of education 2 to voluntarily consolidate ROE 2 with ROE 30, which is comprised by Jackson and Perry counties, against the recommendations of Johnson County school boards.

“I do not know what the driving force was behind this action, but I have tried touching base with all the (superintendants) and school board members and if this is what our elected school boards recommend, then that’s what I will help to do,” said commissioner Ernie Henshaw.

Vienna and Goreville superintendants were present at the meeting and favored the new action.

“We’re closer to Williamson County,” said Dr. Steve Webb, superintendent of Goreville Community Unit School District #1. “It just made the most sense to us.”

The new action is to be followed by the chairman of the board, Jeff Mears, to “make contact with the Franklin County and Williamson County boards respectively to discuss the means in which a consolidation might take place if or when regional office of education 2 is no longer in service,” according to the ordinance signed Monday night.

A fax of the ordinance signed Monday at the Johnson County Board of Commissioners' meeting stating it supports consolidation of Johnson County schools with the Regional Office of Education 21.

A fax of the ordinance signed Monday at the Johnson County Board of Commissioners’ meeting stating it supports consolidation of Johnson County schools with the Regional Office of Education 21.