Consolidation Petition Filed with the Regional Office of Education

After approval by the Committee of Ten and by both boards of education, the petition for consolidation has been successfully filed with the Regional Office of Education in Danville.  Upon the filing of said petition, Article 11e of the Illinois school code states that the Regional Superintendent will cause a notice thereof to be published at least once a week for three successive weeks in at least one newspaper having general circulation within the area of all of the territory of the proposed district or districts.  The notice shall contain the following:  1) When and to whom the petition was presented, 2) the prayer of the petition, 3) a description of territory to be dissolved and created, 4) the proposition to elect, by separate ballot, school board members at the same election, and 5) the day, time, and location on which the hearing on the action proposed in the petition shall be held.  No more than fifteen days after the last date on which the required notice is published, the regional superintendent shall hold a hearing on the petition.  At the hearing, the regional superintendent of schools shall allow public testimony on the action proposed in the petition.  Within fourteen days after the conclusion of the hearing, the regional superintendent shall, through a written order, either approve or deny the petition.  Upon approving or denying the petition, the regional superintendent shall submit the petition and all evidence to the State Superintendent of Education.  The State Superintendent will then review the petition and evidence, and within twenty one days after receipt of the regional superintendent’s decision will, through a written order, either approve or deny the petition.

Any resident of any territory described in the petition who appears in support of or opposition to the petition at the hearing or any petitioner or school board of any district in which territory described in the petition is situated may, within thirty five days after a copy of the decision sought to be reviewed was served by certified mail, return receipt requested, upon the party affected thereby or upon the attorney of record for the party, apply for review of an administrative decision of the State Superintendent of Education in accordance with the Administrative Review Law and any rules adopted pursuant to the Administrative Review Law.  The Commencement of any action for review shall operate as a supersedeas, and no further proceedings shall be had until final disposition of the review.  The circuit court of the county in which the petition was filed with the regional superintendent of schools shall have sole jurisdiction to entertain a complaint for review.

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