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SCHOOLS
(105 ILCS 5/) School Code.

105 ILCS 5/5-28

    (105 ILCS 5/5-28) (from Ch. 122, par. 5-28)
    Sec. 5-28. Lease or sale of lands. The trustees of schools or township land commissioners may lease or sell any lands that come into their possession in the manner described in Sections 5-26 or 5-27. When in their opinion it is to the best interest of the schools of the township or district interested in any such lands that they be sold, the trustees shall adopt a resolution to such effect and in such resolution shall specify the time, place and terms of sale. The sale shall be at public auction and the trustees shall give notice thereof by publishing notice once each week for three successive weeks prior to the date of the sale in a newspaper published in the township to which the real estate belongs, and if the lands to be sold lie outside of the township to which they belong then such notice is to be published as herein provided in a newspaper published in the township in which the land lies or, if no such newspaper is published either in the township where the real estate belongs or in the township where the land lies, then in a newspaper published in the county and having a general circulation in the township affected. The notices shall describe the property and state the time, place and terms of the sale. The trustees have the right to reject any and all bids. Upon the sale being made, deed of conveyance shall be executed by the president and clerk of the trustees and the proceeds shall be paid to the township treasurer for the benefit of the township or the district interested in the lands; provided, that the proceeds of any such sale on the island of Kaskaskia shall be paid to the State Treasurer for the use of such district and shall be disbursed by him in the same manner as income from the Kaskaskia Commons permanent school funds.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 31.)

105 ILCS 5/5-29

    (105 ILCS 5/5-29) (from Ch. 122, par. 5-29)
    Sec. 5-29. Sale of school land for roads.
    Whenever the State, county, city, village, incorporated town, township or road district authorities lay out a new road, street or highway, or alter, widen or relocate existing roads, streets or highways, and for such purposes require lands used for school sites, or land owned for school purposes, the trustees of schools or school officials having legal title to such lands have the power, with the consent of the school board of the district, to sell and convey to the State, county, city, village, incorporated town, township or road district the land required for such purposes, or may dedicate to public use for street and highway purposes as much of said school land as may be necessary to open, extend, alter, widen or relocate any street or highway which may be required by the municipal authorities to be opened, extended, altered, widened or relocated, if they are of the opinion that the benefit to accrue for the opening, extending, altering, widening or relocating of such street or highway will compensate for the strip so dedicated.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 31.)

105 ILCS 5/5-30

    (105 ILCS 5/5-30) (from Ch. 122, par. 5-30)
    Sec. 5-30. Easements.
    The trustees of schools or other school officials having legal title to school sites or land owned for school purposes shall have the power, with the consent of the school board of the district wherein the lands are located, to grant temporary or permanent easements for sewer, water drainage or utility purposes to municipalities, corporations or persons on such terms as the school board may determine.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 31.)

105 ILCS 5/5-31

    (105 ILCS 5/5-31) (from Ch. 122, par. 5-31)
    Sec. 5-31. Division of township into districts - Territory taken from special charter district. The trustees of schools in newly organized townships shall divide the township into school districts to suit the wishes or convenience of a majority of the inhabitants of the township, and shall prepare or cause to be prepared a map of the township, on which the district or districts shall be designated by their respective numbers. The trustees of schools shall also cause any territory taken from a school district acting under a special charter to be formed and established into a school district to be governed under such general school laws of the State within thirty days from the time such territory is taken from the district acting under a special charter; and the trustees shall order an election for the purpose of electing directors for such district and shall certify such offices within ten days after the organization thereof. The first election shall be held at the next regular election for school district officers, and until the directors elected at that time take office, the Regional Superintendent may fill the office by appointment. If such territory has not sufficient inhabitants and children to establish and maintain a school, the trustees may annex it to an adjoining district or districts.
(Source: P.A. 81-1490.)

105 ILCS 5/5-32

    (105 ILCS 5/5-32) (from Ch. 122, par. 5-32)
    Sec. 5-32. Failure to maintain schools - Transportation and tuition. If any school district other than a non-high school district shall for 1 year fail to maintain within the boundaries of the school district a recognized public school as required by law, such district shall become automatically dissolved and the property and territory of such district shall be disposed of in the manner provided for the disposal of territory and property in Section 7-11 of this Act. However, a school district shall not be dissolved where the State Board of Education and the regional superintendent of the region in which a district has legally authorized the building of a school and legally selected a school house site and has issued bonds for such building shall jointly find and certify that such building has been authorized, site selected and bonds issued.
    If a district has its territory included within a petition to form a community unit district under Article 11E of this Code, that district may not be dissolved under this Section until the end of the school year in which all proceedings relating to formation of that community unit district are finally concluded, whether by disallowance of the petition, by referendum, by a final court decision or otherwise. Until such proceedings are finally concluded, the regional superintendent having jurisdiction of the district that is not maintaining a recognized school shall assign the pupils of that district to an adjoining school district, subject to the requirement that the district from which the pupils are so assigned shall pay tuition for such pupils to the district to which the pupils are assigned, in accordance with Section 10-20.12a of this Act or in such lesser amount as may be agreed to by the 2 districts.
    However, until July 1, 1969 or one year after the entry of a final decision by a court of competent jurisdiction in the event of litigation with respect to any of the matters set forth in this Section, whichever is the later, notwithstanding the provisions of this Section, any protectorate high school district composed of contiguous and compact territory having not less than 2,000 inhabitants and which has an equalized assessed valuation of not less than $6,000,000, shall be and remain a protectorate high school district if a majority of the pupils attend a high school in a special charter district maintaining grades 1 through 12 and if during that period the voters of the district, by referendum to be ordered by the board, vote in favor of the proposition that such district maintain and operate a high school within such district, and also authorize the purchase of a school site, the building of a school building and the issuance of bonds for such purpose, which bonds are duly issued. The Board shall certify the proposition to the proper election authorities for submission, in accordance with the general election law.
    The proposition to maintain and operate a high school within such district shall be in substantially the following form:
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Shall ......................
High School District Number ......,     YES
........... County, Illinois,
maintain and operate a high school   -------------------------
within that High School
District and for the benefit            NO
of the pupils residing therein?
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and is approved if a majority of the voters voting on the proposition is in favor thereof. The proposition of purchasing a school site, the building of a school building and the issuance of bonds for such purpose shall be submitted to the voters and may be voted upon at the same election that the proposition of maintaining and operating a high school within the district is submitted or at any regularly scheduled election subsequent thereto as may be ordered by the board. Thereupon, that protectorate high school district shall thereafter exist as a community high school district and possess and enjoy all of the powers, duties and authorities of a community high school district under Article 12 of this Act.
    Throughout its existence as a protectorate district and until the legal voters residing in the district have determined to maintain and operate a high school within the district and have been authorized to purchase a school site, build a school building and to issue bonds for such purpose and which bonds are duly issued, or until the dissolution of the district as required by this Section, such protectorate district may use its funds to pay for the tuition and transportation of the pupils in such district that attend a high school in a special charter district maintaining grades 1 through 12. A protectorate high school district is defined to be a district which does not own or operate its own school buildings.
(Source: P.A. 94-1019, eff. 7-10-06.)

105 ILCS 5/5-34

    (105 ILCS 5/5-34) (from Ch. 122, par. 5-34)
    Sec. 5-34. Evidence of indebtedness not in proper form-Securities insufficient- Action taken.
    When any county superintendent of schools notifies the trustees of schools of a township, in writing, that the notes, bonds, mortgages or other evidences of indebtedness which have been taken officially by the township treasurer are not in proper form, or that securities which he has taken are insufficient, the trustees shall at once take such action as may be necessary to protect the property or fund of the township and the district. For a failure or refusal to take such action within 20 days after such notice the trustees of schools, each in his individual capacity, shall be guilty of a petty offense and shall be liable to a fine of not less than twenty-five nor more than one hundred dollars, to be recovered before any circuit court, which when collected shall be paid to the county superintendent of the proper county for the use of the schools. The payment of this fine shall not relieve the trustees from any civil liability they may have incurred from such neglect of duty.
(Source: P.A. 77-2267.)

105 ILCS 5/5-35

    (105 ILCS 5/5-35) (from Ch. 122, par. 5-35)
    Sec. 5-35. Liability of trustees for sufficiency of securities taken from township treasurer. Trustees of schools shall be liable, jointly and severally, for the sufficiency of securities taken from township treasurers; and in case of judgment against any treasurer and his sureties for or on account of any default of such treasurer, on which the money is not made for want of sufficient property whereon to levy for the enforcement of a judgment, a civil action may be maintained against the trustees, jointly and severally, and the amount not collected on the judgment shall be recovered with costs of the action from such trustees. If the trustees can show, satisfactorily, that the security taken from the treasurer, was, at the time it was taken, sufficient, they shall not be held liable.
(Source: P.A. 84-546.)

105 ILCS 5/5-36

    (105 ILCS 5/5-36) (from Ch. 122, par. 5-36)
    Sec. 5-36. Failure to follow law as to distribution when new district formed.
    If the trustees of schools fail to observe the provisions of this Act in reference to the distribution of funds and property when a new district is formed, they shall be individually and jointly liable to the district interested, in a civil action to the full amount of the damages sustained by the district aggrieved.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 31.)

105 ILCS 5/5-37

    (105 ILCS 5/5-37) (from Ch. 122, par. 5-37)
    Sec. 5-37. Returns of children-Penalty for failure or false return.
    Any trustee of schools who fails or refuses to make returns of children in his township according to the provisions of this Act, or who knowingly makes a false return thereof, is guilty of a petty offense and shall be liable to a fine of not less than $10.00 nor more than $100.00, to be recovered by an action before the circuit court of the county; which penalty, when collected, shall be added to the distributive fund of the township in which the trustee resides.
(Source: P.A. 77-2267.)

105 ILCS 5/Art. 6

 
    (105 ILCS 5/Art. 6 heading)
ARTICLE 6. REGIONAL BOARD OF SCHOOL TRUSTEES

105 ILCS 5/6-1

    (105 ILCS 5/6-1) (from Ch. 122, par. 6-1)
    Sec. 6-1. Fractional townships of less than 200 persons. Each congressional township is a township for school purposes. When a fractional congressional township contains fewer than 200 persons under 21 years of age and has not heretofore been united with any township for school purposes it is hereby attached for school purposes to the adjacent congressional township having the longest territorial line bordering on such fractional township and all the provisions of this Article shall apply to such united townships the same as though they were one township.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 31.)

105 ILCS 5/6-2

    (105 ILCS 5/6-2) (from Ch. 122, par. 6-2)
    Sec. 6-2. Regional board; creation; membership; abolition and transfer of duties.
    (a) There is created a regional board of school trustees for that territory in each educational service region exclusive of any school district organized under Article 34 and exclusive of any school district whose school board has been given the powers of school trustees; provided that on the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1992 the regional board of school trustees theretofore created and existing for any territory in an educational service region containing 2,000,000 or more inhabitants is abolished, the terms of office of all members of the regional board of school trustees so abolished are terminated on that effective date, and from and after that effective date all rights, powers, duties, and responsibilities that were vested in or required by law to be exercised and performed by the former regional board of school trustees shall be vested in and exercised and performed by the successors to the former regional board of school trustees as provided in subsection (b) of this Section 6-2. Any school district whose board of education acts as a board of school trustees shall have within its district the powers and duties of a regional board of school trustees.
    Unless abolished as provided in this Section, the regional board of school trustees, in both single county and multi-county educational service regions, shall consist of 7 members. In single county regions not more than one trustee may be a resident of any one congressional township; however, in case there are fewer than 7 congressional townships in the region then not more than two of such trustees may be residents of the same congressional township. Notwithstanding the foregoing residency provision, in a single county region with a population of greater than 750,000 inhabitants, but less than 1,200,000 inhabitants, 2 trustees may be residents of the same congressional township if and only if such trustees were elected at the April 9, 2013 consolidated election. In 2 county regions at least 2 trustees shall be residents of each county. In 3 or more county regions at least one trustee shall be a resident of each county. If more than 7 counties constitute the educational service region, the regional board of school trustees shall consist of one resident of each county.
    The regional board of school trustees shall be a body politic and corporate by the name of "Regional Board of School Trustees of.... County (or Counties), Illinois." Such corporation shall have perpetual existence with power to sue and be sued and to plead and be impleaded in all courts and places where judicial proceedings are had.
    (b) Upon the abolition of the regional board of school trustees and the termination of the terms of office of the members of that former regional board of school trustees in an educational service region containing 2,000,000 or more inhabitants as provided in subsection (a), the trustees of schools of each township included within the territory of that educational service region that was served by the former regional board of school trustees, or if any such township is a township referred to in subsection (b) of Section 5-1 and there are no trustees of schools acting in that township then the school board of each school district located in that township, shall be the successors to the former regional board of school trustees. As successors to the former regional board of school trustees, the trustees of schools of each such township and the school board of each such school district, with respect to all territory included within the school township or school district served by the trustees of schools of the township or school board, shall be vested with and shall exercise and perform all rights, powers, duties, and responsibilities formerly held, exercised, and performed with respect to that territory by the regional board of school trustees abolished under subsection (a) of this Section.
    Upon abolition of the regional board of school trustees in an educational service region having 2,000,000 or more inhabitants as provided in subsection (a) of this Section, all books, records, maps, papers, documents, equipment, supplies, accounts, deposits, and other personal property belonging to or subject to the control or disposition of the former regional board of school trustees (excepting only such items as may have been provided by the county board) shall be transferred and delivered to the trustees of schools of the townships and the school boards that are the successors to the former regional board of school trustees for the territory included within their respective school townships or school districts.
    From and after the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1992, any reference in the School Code or any other law of this State to the regional board of school trustees or county board of school trustees shall mean, with respect to all territory within an educational service region containing 2,000,000 or more inhabitants that formerly was served by a regional board of school trustees abolished under subsection (a) of this Section, the trustees of schools of the township or the school board of the school district that is the successor to the former regional board of school trustees with respect to the territory included within that school township or school district.
(Source: P.A. 98-115, eff. 7-29-13.)

105 ILCS 5/6-2.1

    (105 ILCS 5/6-2.1) (from Ch. 122, par. 6-2.1)
    Sec. 6-2.1. On and after the effective date of this amendatory Act, the provisions of Sections 6-3, 6-4, 6-5, 6-10, 6-11 (now repealed), 6-12, 6-17, 6-18, 6-19, 6-20, and 6-21 of this School Code shall have no application in any educational service region having a population of 2,000,000 or more inhabitants.
(Source: P.A. 95-496, eff. 8-28-07.)

105 ILCS 5/6-3

    (105 ILCS 5/6-3) (from Ch. 122, par. 6-3)
    Sec. 6-3. Eligibility for trustee's office.
    No person shall be eligible to the office of member of the regional board of school trustees who is not a voter of the educational service region and qualified to vote in the election for members of the regional board of school trustees, or who is a member of a school board, or who is a school board employee, or who holds any county office.
(Source: P.A. 78-514.)

105 ILCS 5/6-4

    (105 ILCS 5/6-4) (from Ch. 122, par. 6-4)
    Sec. 6-4. Election date. Members of the regional board of school trustees shall be elected at the regular election specified in the general election law in each odd-numbered year.
(Source: P.A. 81-1490.)