TITLE 23: EDUCATION AND CULTURAL RESOURCES
SUBTITLE A: EDUCATION
CHAPTER I: STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION
SUBCHAPTER b: PERSONNEL
PART 35 MENTORING PROGRAM FOR NEW PRINCIPALS
SECTION 35.20 ANNUAL PROGRAM PLANNING; FISCAL PROVISIONS


 

Section 35.20   Annual Program Planning; Fiscal Provisions

 

a)         No later than June 1 of each year, each district superintendent shall report to the State Superintendent of Education, or to the State Superintendent's designee, the following information:

 

1)         the number of first-year principals who are expected to be working in the district in the coming school year and required to participate in the mentoring program; and

 

2)         the number of second-year principals for whom a second year of mentoring is being requested.

 

b)        No later than June 1, each district superintendent shall provide to the State Superintendent or designee the names, professional educator license numbers, and assigned schools of first-year principals, as defined in Section 35.10(a) of this Part, who are employed or under contract with the district and eligible for the mentoring program.  Each superintendent shall continue to submit this information in a timely way for any first-year principal whose information was not included on the initial submission.  Submissions after June 1 shall occur either immediately after the individual's employment begins or a contract is signed, but no later than December 30.

 

c)         Based on the number of first-year principals expected statewide and the level of available funding foreseen, the State Superintendent shall determine whether the appropriation is likely to be sufficient to require operation of the mentoring program in the coming year for all first-year principals.  This calculation shall be based on a cost figure of $2,000 for each first-year principal in the program plus the cost of delivering the required training, coordinating the mentors' assignments, and providing the other necessary structure and support for the program.  The program for first-year principals shall be implemented in a given year only if sufficient funds are available based on these cost factors.

 

d)         If the State Superintendent determines under subsection (c) of this Section that the appropriation is sufficient to serve all first-year principals, then the State Superintendent shall determine if sufficient funding exists to support the operation of the mentoring program for second-year principals who request mentoring services. 

 

1)         The initial calculation shall be based on a cost figure of $1,000 for each second-year principal requesting participation in the program plus the cost of delivering the required training, coordinating the mentors' assignments, and providing the other necessary structure and support for the program. 

 

2)         In years in which the number of second-year principals who request mentoring services exceeds the number who can be accommodated with available funding based on the cost figure outlined in subsection (d)(1) of this Section, then the cost figure used will be between $1,000 and no less than $500 for each second-year principal requesting participation plus the cost of delivering the required training, coordinating the mentors' assignments, and providing the other necessary structure and support for the program. 

 

3)         In any year in which the appropriation is insufficient based on the cost figures set in subsection (d)(1) or (d)(2) of this Section, the State Superintendent or designee shall inform districts that a program for second-year principals will not be held.

 

4)         Second-year principals not able to participate in a second year of mentoring in the year immediately following their first year of mentoring shall be ineligible for further participation in the mentoring program.

 

e)         If funding is insufficient to serve all first-year principals based on the cost figure outlined in subsection (c) of this Section, but sufficient funds exist to serve all second-year principals, as determined in subsection (d)(1) or (d)(2) of this Section, then a program for second-year principals only shall be established.  No mentoring program shall be implemented in years in which funding is inadequate to serve either all first-year principals or all second-year principals.

 

f)         As soon as possible after the level of the appropriation for a given year has been established, the State Superintendent shall notify all districts and the providers approved under Section 35.60 of this Part regarding whether the program will operate in the coming year and whether mentoring will be provided for first-year principals only, both first-year and second-year principals, or second-year principals only.

 

g)         No later than May 30 prior to a school year during which the program will be in operation, each experienced principal who desires to serve as a mentor shall submit an application to a provider approved under Section 35.60 of this Part, supply the required documentation of eligibility (see Section 35.40 of this Part), and, if employed in a school or in a regional office of education, provide verification in a format specified by the State Superintendent of supervisory approval for his or her participation.  The State Superintendent or designee shall publicize the list of approved providers so that experienced principals can make application to the provider and complete the required training to be included in the pool of available mentors.

 

h)         When verification is received in accordance with the requirements of Section 35.30(f) of this Part that a mentor has provided the service required under this Part, the State Superintendent of Education or designee shall make a payment in the amount of $2,000 for each first-year principal served or $1,000 for each second-year principal served, subject to limitations set forth in subsection (d)(2) of this Section.  Payment shall be made either to the approved provider that facilitated the mentoring relationship for disbursement to the mentor or directly to the mentor if requested by the provider.

 

(Source:  Amended at 37 Ill. Reg. 9473, effective June 19, 2013)