Regional Office of Education #47

Lee, Ogle & Whiteside Counties, Illinois
Robert D. Sondgeroth, Regional Superintendent

Annual Paper Bid

It's time for the Regional Office of Education's large volume paper bid. Below please find the link for the Terms of Agreement and the order form for the minimum amount of paper you wish to order for the upcoming FY19 school year. Deadline is Tuesday, April 3rd. Any questions, please contact Michele Hopp at or at 815/625-1495.


  • Northern Illinois Newspaper Association Scholarship

Every year the Northern Illinois Newspaper Association (NINA) awards at least one scholarship for graduating seniors who are interested in pursuing a journalism or communications degree in college. While we especially look for students interested in print journalism, we also consider applicants who are interested in television, radio or other media. This year’s deadline is March 23, 2018.

Scholarship and entry rules are provided at the following website 

  • KSB High School Healthcare Scholarship

KSB Hospital offers several scholarships to residents of our primary service area each year. Along with the four scholarships that they award annualy, they are also offering eight $1,000 KSB High School Healthcare Scholarships. The KSB High School Healthcare Scholarships will be awarded to one high school senior from each of the following schools (with the exception of Dixon, which will be awarded two scholarships based on student body size): Amboy, Ashton/Franklin Center, Dixon, Faith Christian, Oregon, Polo and Sterling Newman. To be awarded a KSB High School Healthcare Scholarship, the student must be committed to a focus of study in a healthcare field.

Applications and forms for the KSB High School Healthcare Scholarship are due on March 15, 2018 and all other KSB Scholarship applications and forms are due on April 15, 2018.

All scholarship information and forms are available at

  • Karen Hill Scholarship from Northern Illinois Antique Dealers Association

NIADA is rewarding two scholarships of $1000.00 each for students from the counties in which the membership resides. The scholarships are in memory of NIADA member Karen Hill. Deadline for applications is May 15, 2018.

For more information on these scholarships please follow the attached link: Karen Hill Scholarship from NIADA

Schoon Scholarship Available

Scholarships are available to benefit Ogle County students pursuing a four-year degree. Theodore Schoon established a trust in honor of his parents, Dr. Theodore G. Schoon and Margaret Schoon, who were residents of Forreston.  Graduating seniors who reside in Ogle County and Ogle County recipients in the past year are eligible to apply.

Applications for two scholarships are posted below: one for students entering university as a freshman and one for those who are past recipients. Recommendations required are to be attached to the application, so the full packet of application and all attachments will be sent to Regional Office of Education #47 at one time either by mail, in person, or faxed by deadline of  4:00 p.m. on Friday, April 13, 2018.

For questions, contact Betty Clementz at Regional Office of Education at 815/625-1495 or at or Kirk Pearson at US Bank in Freeport at 815/235-8516 or at


Regional Spelling Bee 2018

The 2018 Regional Spelling Bee was held at Dixon High School on Thursday, February 22nd.

There were 38 public and private schools from Lee, Ogle, and Whiteside counties from grades 5-8 participating.

After an exciting 37 rounds our winners were:

  • First Place: Rebekah Zeigler, a 7th grader from Aplington Middle School
  • Second Place: Rebekah Starwalt, a 8th grader from Byron Middle School
  • Third Place: Gage Zeigler, a 5th grader from Centennial Elementary School

Honorable Mentions:

  • Fourth Place: Paul Swartz, a 7th grader from Steward Elementary School
  • Fifth Place: Dutch Crady, a 8th grader from PLT Middle School

Reaching Out to Educate ... inspire and achieve!

Regional Office of Education #47 — Lee, Ogle and Whiteside Counties, Illinois — acts as an advocate for education by providing positive leadership; performing regulatory functions as directed by The Illinois School Code and the Illinois State Board of Education; coordinating and delivering state and local services; and disseminating information for education, school districts, and the community.