Administration of Regional Programs
The Superintendent may provide services to eligible children on a regional basis to the extent possible with funds allocated for this purpose:
The Superintendent determines the number of regions and their boundaries;
The Superintendent selects a local school district, education service district, and/or county school district to serve as the Administrative Unit in each region;
The Superintendent may designate a Department employee to give general coordination to regional programs;
The Superintendent may appoint an advisory committee to provide policy direction for regional programs. This committee reports to the State Board of Education through the regional program coordinator.
The Administrative Unit provides general management to the regional program by:
Preparing a regional plan that will include administrative structure, provision of direct and consultation services to eligible children, their families and staff, inservice activities, supervision of instruction, subcontracting and budget;
Serving as fiscal agent for the region including arrangement of subcontracts; preparation of budgets for the receipt of local, state, and federal funds; provision of reports regarding child data, progress, and services; and the management of all fiscal functions including but not limited to, business services;
Selecting, hiring, and directing regional employees using funds granted for that purpose and making employee benefits consistent with other district employees;
Appointing a regional coordinator who will give general direction to the regional program and act as liaison to the Department; and
Appointing a Regional Advisory Council to provide advice to the Administrative unit on program and policy direction.
The Regional Advisory Council consists of seven to eleven members representing each county in the region. At least one person must represent each of the following categories:
Superintendent of an education service district or local school district;
Special education supervisor or teacher of an education service district or local school district;
Individual who supervises or provides early intervention or early childhood special education services;
Director on board of an education service district or local school district;
Individual with a disability or parent of an eligible child.
Regular education teacher or building administrator.
The Administrative Unit governing board will request names from each education service district, school district, county school district, and early intervention and early childhood special education program in the area served by the regional program and make appointments to the council.