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$4,000 per Certified Staff Incentive

For one, two, or three school years, a supplementary state aid reimbursement shall be paid to a reorganized district equal to $4,000 multiplied by the headcount of the certified employees employed by the district on a full time basis for the regular term of a school year.

All consolidations and conversions are eligible for the $4,000 per Certified Staff Incentive. Dissolution / Annexations are eligible for the $4,000 per Certified Staff Incentive if the annexing district receives at least 30% of the dissolving district's average daily attendance. If the annexing district receives less than 30% of the dissolving district's average daily attendance, the annexing district is not eligible to receive the $4,000 per Certified Staff Incentive. Detachment / Annexations are NOT eligible to receive the $4,000 per Certified Staff Incentive, except in specific instances where by the enrollment of the annexing district increases 90% or more as a result of annexing territory detached from another school district. Cooperative high schools and receiving districts in a deactivation are eligible to receive $4,000 per Certified Staff Incentive, with receiving districts in a deactivation only eligible to receive the incentive based on the full-time, certified staff transferred from the sending to the receiving district.

Eligible reorganized districts will receive the $4,000 per Certified Staff Incentive for one, two, or three years. The number of years a district will receive this incentive is based on the districts rank, by type of district, in Equalized Assessed value per Pupil and their rank, by type of district, in Average Daily Attendance from the reorganized district's first year General State Aid claim is used to compute the rankings.

Eligible reorganized districts will receive the $4,000 per Certified Staff Incentive in their second year of reorganization. School districts that reorganized with an effective date of 7/1/2011, 7/1/2012 or 7/1/2013 may be eligible for the FY 2015 payments of the $4,000 per Certified Staff Incentive. This incentive will be paid along with any other incentive payments the district may be eligible for as a result of the reorganization. All reorganization incentive payments, for current or future years, are pending adequate appropriation by the Illinois General Assembly for the applicable year.

Districts eligible for the $4,000 per Certified Staff Incentive to be paid in FY 2015 will receive $4,000 multiplied by the headcount of full-time, certified staff members employed for the 2013-2014 school year. In order to receive this funding, the district must certify to the State Board of Education the number of full-time, certified employees for which the district is entitled to reimbursement. This certification must be made on or before May 31, 2014. Districts should submit a Full Time Certified Staff Report (ISBE 35-38) for this certification. Districts eligible for the FY2015 funding of this incentive were notified of their eligibility by letter, dated April 24, 2014.

When completed, the Full-Time Certified Staff Report should be signed by the President of the Board of Education and the District Superintendent. Completed, signed forms should be mailed to:

Illinois State Board of Education
School Business Services Division N-330
100 North First Street
Springfield, Illinois 62777-0001

If you believe your district is eligible for this incentive, but a letter was not received, or if you have any questions, please contact Michelle Heninger at mheninge@isbe.net or 217.785.8779.