Regional Offices of Education Boundaries to Change

Southern Illinois’ regional offices of education will have new boundary lines after the Illinois State Board of Education redrew the map of the offices on Friday.

A state law required the board to cut the number of regions from 44 to 35.
In Southern Illinois, the Hamilton-Jefferson County office and the office that covered the state’s five southernmost counties will be dissolved.

Under the new map, Union, Pulaski and Alexander counties will join the Jackson-Perry office. Johnson and Massac counties will be absorbed into the Franklin-Williamson office. Jefferson County joins the Clinton-Marion-Washington office. Hamilton County will become part of a 9-county office along with Edwards-Gallatin-Hardin-Pope-Saline-Wabash-Wayne and White counties.

Regional superintendent candidates for the newly drawn districts will be on the ballot in March and November of next year, and take office on July 1, 2015.

Franklin-Williamson Regional Superintendent Matt Donkin will join us on the Morning Newswatch Monday morning to talk about the changes.

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