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

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McHenry County Regional Office of Education
McHenry County Government Center
2200 North Seminary Avenue (Route 47)
Woodstock, Illinois 60098
Phone (815) 334-4475
Fax (815) 338-0475

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Location and Hours

McHenry County Regional Office of Education
667 Ware Rd.
Woodstock, Illinois 60098
Phone (815) 334-4475
Fax (815) 338-0475
Hours: M-Thur 8:00 A.M. - 4:30 P.M. Friday 8:00 A.M. - 3:30 P.M.
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ROE as an Educational Agent

The Regional Superintendent is an elected official created by the Illinois General Assembly. Specific duties are enumerated in the Illinois School Code and can be summarized in two major areas: service and assurance/compliance.

Service components are generally grouped as legislative, legal, cooperative management, research dissemination, educational administration and citizen representation. Each service component requires specific skills placing the Regional Superintendent in an alliance agent role. As alliance agent, the Regional Superintendent brings together people, concepts and resources to provide educational services and assurances for the local population.

Assurances to the public include fiscal responsibilities, local performance, health/life safety, teacher certification and registration, supervision and curriculum. In these areas, legislation places enforcement responsibilities on the Regional Superintendent to guarantee that certain minimum standards are met and legal parameters followed. The Regional Superintendent is directly responsible to the legislature and the electorate. In most instances, enforcement responsibilities become services to help schools and school personnel meet minimum expectations in the ongoing process of school regulation.

Finally, the Regional Superintendent works in cooperation with the Illinois State Board of Education and local districts in the region to initiate, refine and fulfill both local and statewide directives.

ROE Statutory Responsibilities

State law requires Regional Superintendents to assume certain duties, including:

  • To exercise supervision and control over all school districts in the County and advise in controversies under law
  • To distribute general state aid and categorical funds;
  • To evaluate and file school treasurers' bonds;
  • To notify districts of monies sent to school treasurers;
  • To issue and register teaching and administrative certificates;
  • To assume responsibility for suspension of teaching and administrative certificates;
  • To assume responsibility relative to holding institute or in-service training;
  • To coordinate and deliver in-service training for school bus drivers;
  • To enforce health/life safety standards in all school buildings;
  • To cause a review of school construction plans and specifications for remodeling, school additions, and new school construction for compliance with applicable codes;
  • To issue school construction permits as above;
  • To direct cooperative education programs;
  • To appoint a truant officer;
  • To maintain an annual census of school districts;
  • To maintain a map of school districts within the county;
  • To act as secretary to the Regional Board of School Trustees;
  • To assume responsibility for certain scholarships;
  • To give notice of regular or special elections;
  • To act as custodian of school-related documents for the State of Illinois;
  • To file poll books and election returns;
  • To report annually to the County Board and the State Board of Education regarding the activities of the Office and the condition of the schools;
  • To respond to questions, including legal questions, from parents, teachers, administrators, boards of education and other citizens of the region; and
  • To provide continuing professional development opportunities for administration, staff development in the fundamental learning areas, technology staff development, gifted education program assistance, and other services identified through regional needs assessment.