The Vermilion County Regional Office of Education has an organizational mission to promote quality education for all the school children of Vermilion County, to provide educational leadership for licensed staff throughout the county, to assist districts in meeting their recognized need, and to deliver professional educational services effectively for the direct benefit of all the members of the educational communities of Vermilion County. The Regional Office of Education promotes professional services that promote learning.
Regional Office of Education Duties and Responsibilities
- Respond to legal questions from educators, boards of education, and other citizens.
- Issue, register, and renew teacher licenses. Supervise and assist in transportation programs, scientific literacy programs, and other staff development programs.
- Provide G.E.D. transcripts and diplomas.
Disseminate Information on Scholarships and Teacher Vacancies
- Conduct professional growth opportunities.
- Approve school calendars, in-service days, workshops, and institutes.
- Conduct hearings for formation of Unit districts and consolidation of existing school districts.
- Assist the Illinois State Board of Education, Compliance division, in the evaluation and recognition of public schools, and private schools, and private school who ask to be recognized.
- Maintain maps of all school districts.
- Administer cooperative programs.
- Monitor public schools during strikes.
- Assist with cooperatives, special education programs and vocational programs.
- Serve as Ex-Officio secretary of the Regional Board of School Trustees.
Health and Life Safety
- Visit and inspect each public school annually.
- Supervise school buildings for health and life safety and condemn buildings if necessary.
- Provide courses in safety and first aid for bus drivers.
- Approve building permits and occupancy permits.
- Audit district claims for General State Aid, categorical funds, and Federal grants.
- Review budgets, audits, evidence of indebtedness and annual financial reports.
- Check bonding of school treasurers.
- Disburse state and federal funds.
- Respond to questions and concerns, including legal questions, from parents, teachers, administrators, boards of education and other citizens.
- Promote and support educational programs and achievements of the schools and educators.
- Hold public hearings on topics vital to education.
- Serve as liaison between the Illinois State Board of Education and local school districts.
- Serve as a liaison between the state legislature and local school districts.