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NORTHWESTERN ILLINOIS ASSOCIATION
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT (FOIA)

Description and Purpose
The Northwestern Illinois Association (NIA) is a regional special education cooperative organized pursuant to The School Code of Illinois for the purpose of providing special education services to students with disabilities, ages birth through 21 inclusive,  who reside in the 10 most northwestern counties of Illinois: Boone, Carroll, De Kalb, Jo Daviess, Kane, Lee, Ogle, Whiteside, Winnebago and Stephenson.  Sycamore School District 427 serves as administrative district for NIA. Please refer to the NIA region map for a listing of the member districts/cooperatives.
The NIA provides a variety of direct and supportive services to member school districts.  These services address the individual needs of students, provide information, technical assistance and support to families and educational teams and may include:

Assistive Technology
Audiology Services
Early Childhood and Life-Skills Supervision
Inclusion Facilitation
Professional Development
Autism Spectrum Disorder Consultation/Training
Services for Students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Services for Students who have Orthopedic or Multiple Disabilities
Services for Students with Vision Impairments
Speech/Language
Supported Employment
Occupational Therapy/Physical Therapy

NIA Offices
Sycamore Administration Office
245 W. Exchange Street, Suite 4
Sycamore, Illinois 60178
P (815) 895–9227
F (815) 895–2971

Rockford Satellite Office – Hearing Department
3615 Westgate Parkway
Rockford, Illinois 61108
P (815) 229-2161
F (815) 229-2159
Audiology P (815) 229-2880

Rockford Satellite Office – Vision/Multi/Therapy/Autism Spectrum Disorders
4920 East State Street, Unit 6
Rockford, Illinois 61108
P (815) 964-0937
F (815) 964-2210

St. Charles Satellite Office – Vision Multi/Hearing/Audiology Clinic
2422 West Main Street
St. Charles, Illinois 60174
P (630) 513-5012
F (630) 513-1957
Therapy Department
P (630) 513-6781
F (630) 513-1980

Sterling Satellite Office
2002 East Fifth Street
Sterling, Illinois 61081
P (815) 625-7931
F (815) 625-8098

Prairie Hill Elementary School Audio Booth
14714 Willowbrook Road
South Beloit, Illinois 61080

Northwestern Illinois Association – Regional Hearing Impaired Program
Westfield Community School
2100 Sleepy Hollow Road
Algonquin, Illinois 60102
P (847) 532-7800 (Elementary)
P (847) 532-7600 (Middle School)
F (847) 532-7615

Hamshire High School
1600 Big Timber Road
Hampshire, Illinois 60140
P (847) 792-3500
F (847) 792-3515

Operating Budget

Staff
NIA employs approximately 115 full time and 79 part time staff.

Executive Board
NIA is governed by an Executive Board per the NIA Articles of Agreement.  The Executive Board is composed of twelve members: four members from each sub-region.  Members shall be from the following categories: school board member, district administrator, director of special education and at-large member.

Current Board Members
Dennis Daly, School Board Memberty
Mike Noble, Special Education Director
Kathy Countryman, Member-at-Large
Kimberly Moore, Special Education Director
Leatrice Satterwhite, Special Education Director
Crystal Swan-Graviatt, District Administrator
Susie Kopacz, School Board Member
Kathleen Kreller, District Administrator
Melissa Geyman, Member-at-Large
Cheryl Robinson, District Administrator
Pamela Ransom, School Board Member
Corena Steinmeyer, Member-at-Large

FOIA Requests
A request to inspect or copy records shall be made in writing and should be submitted to the designated NIA’s Freedom of Information Officers via personal delivery, mail, electronic mail (e-mail), telefax, or other means available to NIA. In the event that a written request is submitted to another officer or employee of NIA, the request shall be immediately forwarded to the Freedom of Information Officers.
The request must specify the particular record(s) to be inspected or copied and may include a request for certification of a copy of a record.  The NIA shall not require the request to specify its purpose, except to determine whether the request is for commercial purposes or whether to grant a request for a fee waiver.

No fees shall be charged for the first fifty (50) pages of black and white letter or legal sized copies.  Thereafter, a fee of $.15 per page may be charged for copying black and white letter or legal-size documents.  If the NIA provides copies in color or in a size other than letter or legal, the fees shall be the actual cost incurred in reproducing for non-standardized documents. The NIA shall charge $1.00 per document for certification of records. No charge shall be made for staff time spent searching for or reviewing records or other personnel costs associated with reproducing the records.

FOIA Officers
Jon C. Malone
Regional Director
245 West Exchange Street, Suite 4
Sycamore, Illinois 60178
P (815) 895–9227
F (815) 895 – 2971
jmalone@thenia.org

Jean Tritle
Administrative Assistant of Human Resources
245 West Exchange Street, Suite 4
Sycamore, Illinois 60178
P (815) 895–9227
F (815) 895–2971
jtritle@thenia.org


Documents Available for Immediate Disclosure
NIA Organization Chart

NIA Region Map

NIA Annual Financial Review

NIA Annual Audit

NIA Board Policy

NIA Personnel Handbook

NIA Articles of Agreement

NIA Guidelines for Baseline and Program Support/Related Services