(WGEM) -- Plans have been finalized to merge two Illinois Regional Offices of Education covering four counties.
Under the plan approved by the county boards, Hancock, McDonough, Schuyler and Fulton counties will all be under one regional office by 2015.
It's part of Gov. Pat Quinn's plan to reduce the number of education offices from 44 to 35 to save money.
John Meixner, Regional Superintendent of Schools for ROE #26 covering Hancock and McDonough Counties, says the two regions already share services and have been working together on a number of programs.
They plan to keep the current administrative structure in place as much as possible, preserving offices in Macomb and Lewistown.
The new law for regional offices sets a threshold of at least 61,000 people for each region. Both of the regional offices being consolidated fell below that population threshold.
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