On July 1, 2015, the Regional Office of Education welcomed Menard County to our service area. Our office is now the Sangamon-Menard Regional Office of Education #51, and we haveadded three school districts as a result of this consolidation.
We welcome the staff and students of Athens CUSD #213. The administrative staff includes: Superintendent Scott Laird; Bill Reed, Athens High School principal; Matt Rhoades, Athens Junior High School principal; Stacey Binegar, Cantrall Intermediate principal; and Eric Szoke, Cantrall Elementary principal.
ROE #51 would also like to welcome the staff and students of Greenview CUSD #200. The Greenview administrative staff includes Janice Kunz, superintendent, and Ryan Heavner, elementary/high school principal.
We also welcome the staff and students of P.O.R.T.A. CUSD #202. The administrative staff includes: Matt Brue, superintendent; Darren Hartry, high school principal; Amy McMahan, junior high principal; Eric Kesler, PORTA Central principal; and Jeff Hill, Petersburg Elementary principal.
Some of our other school districts have also welcomed new administrators as well.
The Ball-Chatham School District welcomes Doug Wood as the new superintendent. Doug is the former interim superintendent from O’Fallon, Illinois.
Pawnee CUSD #11 welcomes Jennifer Loftus as the new elementary principal. Jennifer was a Principal Consultant with the Illinois State Board of Education.
Although not new to the district, Pleasant Plains welcomes Ben Theilen as the new middle school principal. Ben was previously the assistant principal at Pleasant Plains Middle School.
Riverton CUSD #14 welcomes Matt Moore as the new high school principal and Chris Koerwitz as the new middle school principal.
Rochester CUSD #3A welcomes Brent Ashbaugh as the new high school principal and Kim Poole as the principal of the junior
high. Brent was previously the principal at the junior high, and Kim previously worked at Rochester High School.
The Sangamon-Menard ROE welcomes all of the new administrators and looks forward to working with you!
On October 21st, Brian D. Schwartz will be presenting a 2 hour workshop that will focus on areas of the law where teachers and administrators have the greatest exposure. Specifically, the workshop will focus on: rights of transgender students, including accommodations that must be made for such students; communication with students and parents using social media; dealing with divorced parents; searching student cell phones; new privacy requirements for maintaining student records; and much more. Questions are encouraged on any matters pertaining to school law! No registration fees but pre-registration is required. Download the registration form here.
The Teachers' Retirement System of the State of Illinois and Regional Office of Education in conjunction with Springfield School District 186 are pleased to offer a Benefit Information Meeting Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at 4:30PM at Springfield High School Auditorium Springfield, IL. The meeting will last about one hour. You do not need to reserve a seat and time will be provided to answer any questions you may have. A flyer is available here.
Please be aware of the various deadlines regarding professional development and licensure registration. Paraprofessionals working in Sangamon County must have their licenses registered in Region 51 by December 31, 2014, or risk a penalty.
Public Act 98-610 became effective December 27, 2013. This public act changed some of the requirements for renewing the Professional Educator License endorsed in a teaching field, or in a school support personnel or administrative area.
- Educators who had a license that expired June 30, 2014 must enter and submit professional development through the ELIS and renew/register the license by August 31, 2014. Any educator who does not complete these requirements will have a lapsed license and not be allowed in the classroom on September 1, 2014. The lapsed license will require a payment of a $500 penalty, entering completed professional into ELIS before the license will be reinstated and being allowed back into the classroom.
- Credit for all professional development activities completed on or before June 30, 2014 must be entered into ELIS by December 31, 2014.
- Credit for all professional development activities earned after July 1, 2014 must be entered within 60 days of completing the activity.