I don’t just work for Rockford Public Schools, I also live in
this community. I am a proud Rockfordian, and I am proud of the work our school
district and our community are doing. It’s easy to preach the message about
being a district of first choice for all families. It’s something else
altogether to actually live the vision. When my wife and I graduated from
college and got married, we had long conversations about where we would end up
as a family. We had a very short stint in Chicago, but the call to come home to
Rockford drew us back. We bought a little house on the west side of Rockford
and started our journey as professionals. I am passionate about my work as an
administrator with the Rockford Public Schools and have spent time at Auburn High School and now as principal of Guilford High School. As the father of an
almost 2-year-old son, it was important for me to consider what his educational
journey could be when my family just recently moved. My family made the
conscious choice to keep our address in Rockford and allow our son to attend
the Rockford Public Schools. It is not just a good enough district for me to
professionally call home; it is the school district I want my son to go
through. I am not just the principal of Guilford High School; I am the
principal of my neighborhood high school. Daily I see the opportunities that
are provided to our students and I hope that my son can participate in those
opportunities one day. If you haven’t seen what academies have done for
students in our high schools you need to take a look. Students are being
exposed to real-world industry standards in career fields that they are
interested in. They are getting the opportunity to tour, shadow, intern and
network with industry-leading professionals all across the Rockford area. It’s
academy opportunities like those that make me not only want to work in RPS 205
but also send my own son through the district.
Rockford School Board member Jaime Escobedo submitted his resignation from the board effective Wednesday, May 29.
All RPS 205 elementary and middle school students will follow a shortened schedule on Monday, June 3.
Ethan Strombeck will receive a $2,500 scholarship.
The elementary schools will close after this school year.
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