Regional Office of Education - Leslie Schermerhorn, Regional Superintendent of Schools

Assurance and Compliance

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Health / Life Safety


Each of the 83 public school buildings and school related buildings in the McHenry Educational Service Region is inspected annually to assure compliance with the minimum standards necessary to ensure the health and safety of public school students in Illinois, according to Building Specifications for Health and Safety in Public Schools. By law, school districts must maintain public schools to the minimum standard. Annual inspection results from each building are available at the Regional Office of Education. A summary report is filed annually with the Illinois State Board of Education as required by law.

Every 10 years each public school building must be re-surveyed by an architect licensed in the State of Illinois. All work necessary to bring the building into compliance with minimum standards is noted. Upon completion of outlined work, compliance is verified by the district and architect in a report filed with the Regional Office of Education.

The Regional Office of Education is also responsible, through the Regional Superintendent of Schools, for statutory compliance with established standards in the construction and remodeling of public school buildings. The Regional Superintendent assures, by resolution, school board approval of construction plans, review of construction plans for code compliance, issuance of the building permit, and upon review, issuance of school occupancy permits. Further, the Regional Superintendent assures code compliance for temporary/mobile classroom units throughout the region in cooperation with licensed architects or engineers retained by local school districts.

ISBE Compliance Probe


The Regional Office of Education has certain statutory responsibilities to assure that local school districts adhere to the provisions of the Illinois School Code, the Illinois Administrative Code, and rules and regulations promulgated by the Illinois State Board of Education.  Compliance is a continuous process which includes a regular, on-site administrative audit of each district using the annual school evaluation form.  Specific questions regarding compliance should be referred to the Regional Office of Education.

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