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Regional Board of School Trustees

Annexation-Detachment & Regional Board of School Trustees

The Regional Board of School Trustees is an elected board comprised of seven members. This elected board hears petitions for annexations, detachments, and changes in school boundaries. The Regional Superintendent acts as Ex-Officio Secretary to the Board. The Regional Office maintains all records of petitions heard in the region. The main responsibilities of the Regional Board of School Trustees are:


  1. The hearing and disposal of petitions for change of school district boundaries.
  2. The hearing and disposal of petitions by school districts to withdraw from Joint Agreements/Cooperatives.
  3. The appointment of appraisers and approval of final settlements in the division of assets when new districts are formed.
  4. Per statute, meetings are regularly held on the first Monday in July, October, January, and April. Meetings will be rescheduled or canceled if necessary per OMA. Meetings are held at ROE # 17 unless otherwise noted.


Notice of Vacancy
Regional Office of Education # 17 is announcing one vacant seat on the REGIONAL BOARD OF SCHOOL TRUSTEES (RBST).  The vacant seat is for a six-year term expiring in 2029. The RBST considers petitions for annexation/detachments of property that result in changes to school district boundaries. Interested applicants must be at least 18 years of age, a registered voter, and reside in DeWitt, Livingston, Logan, or McLean County.  To apply, submit a letter of interest outlining your professional background, public service history and explanation of your interest in serving on the board.  Applications are due via mail by Friday, February 2, 2024 to: ROE # 17 – Regional Board of School Trustees – 201 E. Grove Street, Suite 300 Bloomington, IL 61701.


Upcoming Meeting Dates:

The board shall hold regular meetings on the first Monday of July, October, January, and April. With appropriate public notice, the board may cancel its regular quarterly meeting if no issues for action have been presented to the board and it has no pending business.

** Please note, that meetings will be canceled if there is no business to discuss.

  • Thursday, December 7, 2023, Agenda
  • January 1, 2024 - no meeting (no new business) 
  • April 1, 2024  - no meeting (no new business)

Meeting Minutes

Tuesday, August 1, 2023 (approved 12/7/2023) 

Monday, May 17, 2021 (approved 7/6/2021) 
Tuesday, July 6, 2022 (approved 1/21/2022)

Friday, January 21, 2022 (approved 12/14/2022)

Wednesday, December 14, 2022 (approved 5/9/2023) 

Tuesday, May 9th, 2023 (pending approval) 

Monday, May 15, 2023 (pending approval) 


Superintendent Larry Pfeiffer from ROE # 40 put together an excellent video explaining School Annexation and Detachment.  To watch this informative video please click here. Detachments are a form of reorganization where a portion of one school district is incorporated into one or more other school districts. This may consist of one or more families or an area within the district wanting to attend another district.

Board of Trustees

Jean Anderson

Education / Retired
County: Logan
Term Expires: 2025

Craig Bertsche

County: McLean
Term Expires: 2025

Dawn Conway

Education / Retired
County: McLean
Term Expires: 2027

Martin Mackinson

County: Livingston
Term Expires: 2027


Term Expires: 2025

Dr. Debora Ford Van Hoorn

Education / Retired
County: Logan
Term Expires: 2029

Chris Ware

Business / Retired
County: DeWitt
Term Expires: 2029

Annexation/Detachment FAQs

May I send my child to another school district without paying tuition?

No. Non-resident students are required to pay tuition.  A non-resident student becomes a resident student only upon the effective date of the detachment.

Utilizing detachment, can I send my child to any school district that I would like?

No. The annexing district must be contiguous (boundaries touching) with the current school district.

Can more than one family be involved in the process?

Yes.  A single family, a group of families, or other registered voters can join together to utilize the detachment process.

Will my taxes be affected?

Possibly.  After detachments, the tax rates apply to the detached property will be the tax rates of the annexing school district.

Who is responsible for the expenses associated with the detachment?

The petitioners are responsible for the costs of publishing the hearing notice and the costs of the transcript of the hearing. Upon receiving the petition ROE # 17 will collect the deposit before scheduling the hearing.