Referendum to abolish ROE will appear on primary ballot

The McHenry County Board voted Tuesday to put an advisory referendum asking voters whether the county’s Regional Office of Education should be restructured on March’s primary election ballot.

Although the language of the referendum was changed from elimination to restructuring or the sharing of services, McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks said if residents vote in favor of the referendum, he will seek elimination of the office, which he referred to as a symbol of a time gone by.

The office recently came under fire because of multiple repeated errors in its financial reporting, including a lack of employees actively preventing and detecting misstatements and omitted materials in a timely manner, fund balances that were not correctly rolled over from the previous year, incorrectly reported grant funding and failing to provide completed financial statements in an appropriate format by the annual deadline.

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