The regional school superintendents have been saved from budget cuts, but some of them will not be coming back next year. A recently approved bill reduces the number of regional superintendents from 44 to 35. State Senator Bill Haine of Alton says he's preventing a mega-bureaucracy that would give every school district a headache.
Haine (pictured) says the estimated cost savings from eliminating the regional superintendents is misleading. The change was recommended by a commission that looked into the necessity of the office. Last year, Governor Pat Quinn recommended doing away with the position altogether. He must sign this bill into law for the reduction in superintendents to take effect.