The number of regional school superintendents in Illinois will drop from 44 to 35 by 2015 under legislation signed Monday by Gov. Pat Quinn.
Senate Bill 2706 raises the minimum population requirement for a regional office of education from 43,000 people to 61,000. Education service regions smaller than that will be eliminated.
Reducing the number of regional superintendents is expected to save about $1.5 million in salaries.
The Sangamon County service region meets the new population requirement, but the regional office covering Logan, Mason and Menard counties does not.
Under the law, regions have until June 2013 to voluntarily consolidate with other regional offices to meet the new population requirements. If voluntary consolidations don't reduce the number of regional offices of education to 35, the Illinois State Board of Education can order further consolidations.