Rockford Public Schools' recent construction work is part of a 10-year plan to upgrade every building in the district. In addition to renovations and upgrades, the plan includes building two schools and 13 additions, plus closing eight schools to make the district more efficient. The new schools will consolidate Kishwaukee and Nelson elementary schools at one site; Thompson, White Swan and Cherry Valley elementary schools at another.
Construction is funded in part by a voter-approved $129 million capital bond referendum.
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After being named Elementary Principal of the Year in her region by the Illinois Principals Association, Kishwaukee Elementary School Principal Aimee Kasper was named 2016-17 Elementary Principal of the Year for the entire state.
Auditions for the 2017-2018 school year will be November 20 - 21 and December 10.
The Rockford School Board has agreed again to freeze its tax levy for the upcoming tax cycle.
Four years ago, student Isaac Cotton-Hayes coached the visiting mayor of Lidkoping, Sweden, in an underwater robot race at Eisenhower Middle School.
RPS 205 nurse Linda Kimel, a more than 20-year employee and nurse at White Swan and Rolling Green elementary schools, is the 2016-17 Illinois School Nurse of the Year.
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