Regional Office of Education #47

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

All public school buildings and school-related buildings, including temporary/mobile classrooms, in the Lee, Ogle, Whiteside County Regional Office of Education jurisdiction are inspected annually to assure compliance with the standards necessary to ensure the health and safety of public school students in Illinois. The ROE completes over 75 HLS inspections annually for the 25 school districts in Lee, Ogle, and Whiteside counties. As required by law, a record of the annual inspection is sent to the school district and a summary is filed annually with the State Board of Education. In addition, results from required State Fire Marshal inspections are reported through the ROE to the school districts and the state.

Every 10 years, each public building must be re-surveyed for continued compliance by an architect or engineer licensed in the State of Illinois. The “Safety Survey Report” lists any items necessary to bring the building into full and continual compliance. Upon completion of outlined work, the district verifies compliance with a licensed architect or engineer in a report filed with the ROE and the building is awarded a certificate of compliance.

The ROE is also responsible, through the Regional Superintendent of Schools, for statutory compliance with established standards in the construction, remodeling, and demolition of public school buildings. The Regional Superintendent assures school board approval of construction plans, review of construction plans for code compliance, issuance of the building permit, and upon review, issuance of school occupancy permits. Further, the Regional Superintendent assures code compliance for temporary/mobile classroom units throughout the region in cooperation with licensed architects or engineers retained by local school districts.