Education Consolidation

The state now controls the consolidation of regional education offices after local county boards missed a deadline to figure out a plan.
The cut from 44 offices to 35 was approved by lawmakers last year. Officials say it will save $1.5 million each year. 
Franklin-Williamson County Superintendent Matt Donkin says the regional superintendents agreed to a tentative map before the deadline.
“Not all counties went along with that,” Donkin says. “A couple counties took no action. There’s two in our area, Massac and Pulaski Counties, that didn’t take action.”
Donkin says Johnson County would have joined Franklin and Williamson County under the proposed plan, while Union and Alexander counties would have joined the Jackson-Perry regional office. 
The state has a deadline of July 1st, 2015 to figure out the consolidation, but the regional superintendents are up for re-election before that, which Donkin says will cause confusion among candidates since they can't be sure what counties they would represent.

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