County is updated on ROE consolidation, conversion problems
by Michele Longworth
Oct 23, 2013 | 1156 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Although not on the agenda, Regional Superintendent of School’s Janet Ulrich visited with Massac County Commissioners Jayson Farmer and Jeff Weber at Tuesday morning’s commissioners meeting to update them on the plans to consolidate the Regional Offices of Education (ROE) in the state from 44 to 35.

Ulrich told the commissioners she would be attending a meeting Wednesday morning in Springfield concerning the consolidation plans. Ulrich said she hopes the current five-county regional office will remain together after the consolidation occurs, as that would give the schools a chance at receiving grant money. Ulrich re-iterated that if the counties were split up, it could lessen the chance for grant dollars.

According to Ulrich, there is enough money budgeted to keep the Metropolis site running for another 21 months, until June 30, 2015.

Ulrich will be presenting to the Illinois State Board of Education members all of the resolutions passed by the county boards and school districts in support of keeping the five counties — Alexander, Johnson, Massac, Pulaski and Union — together.

However, Ulrich pointed out that if Johnson County separates and joins with Williamson, then her alternate suggestion would be for the other four counties to merge with Jackson County. She told the board the final decision likely would not be made until January. Ulrich said she would be back at some point in November to give the board another update.

When Massac County Treasurer Dana Angelly came to the meeting, she brought with her the updated county general fund balance, which indicates after payables of $32,180 and a second payroll of $113,319, the county’s general fund has $146,954, with a third payroll coming next week.

Commission Chair Farmer asked Angelly and County Clerk John Taylor how the computer conversion to the new financial software is going. Angelly said the former provider was now saying the county would have to pay $3500 in order to give the new provider information that would aid with the conversion. However, Angelly pointed out the former provider could not even guarantee a date when the information would be done.

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