The state has ordered the offices to consolidate. The target number is 35, down from 44. It's now up to the state board to do the final cutting. The regional office of education is in charge of training bus drivers. They also administer GED tests and inspect school buildings.
"Some counties already have their structures set up for special education services for co-ops, for sports, for other educational services" says Jeff Vose, superintendent for Sangamon County. "It may throw some type of imbalance for that."
The state board has until the end of next month to finalize a map and start the consolidation process.