Regional Office of Education #47

Lee, Ogle & Whiteside Counties, Illinois
1001 West 23rd Street, Sterling, IL 61081
Phone: 815.625.1495 | Fax: 815.625.1625
Robert D. Sondgeroth, Regional Superintendent
Paul McMahon, Assistant Regional Superintendent

What We Do

The Office of the Regional Superintendent of Schools is designed to serve all segments of the population of Lee, Ogle and Whiteside Counties — teachers, students, administrators, school board members, non-certified personnel, and citizenry in general — in matters relating to education. In addition to the regulatory and administrative duties required by law, the office serves as a consultant and as a coordinator for all school personnel in a variety of areas from providing information on legal matters to developing in-service programs to meet special needs; from assisting in the development of co-operative activities between local schools, business, industry, labor, service, and agricultural groups to helping secure resource personnel for specialized programs.

The office works cooperatively with the Regional Board of School Trustees in all matters related to the responsibilities of the board with the regional superintendent serving as ex-officio secretary of the Regional Board of School Trustees. The office also serves as the administrative agent for the multiple special education cooperatives, and the regional superintendent is a member of the co-ops’ boards of control.

The office is truly a service agency dedicated to serving the people of Lee, Ogle and Whiteside Counties, and its organizational structure is based on its administrative and program structure.



Regional Board of School Trustees

Members of the Regional Board of School Trustees are elected at the regular election specified in the general election law in each odd-numbered year to serve for a term of six years. Members of school boards, school board employees or those holding a county office are ineligible to serve. Meetings are held at the Regional Office of Education, 6:00 pm, on the first Wednesday of July, October, January and April.

Duties include:

  • Creating new school districts
  • Changing boundaries of existing districts by detachment, annexation, division, dissolution or consolidation
    Procedure for Detachment/Annexation
  • When school sites, buildings or other real estate are no longer needed for school purposes, directing the sale transfer or conveying of property

Questions or comments for the Lee/Ogle/Whiteside Regional Board of School Trustees should be directed to the Regional Office of Education at 815.625.1495.