Five departments now located at 2000 Christina St. will move to the Rockford Public Schools Administration Building in the coming weeks. District officials want families to have an excellent first impression when they enroll in RPS 205 and conduct business. Moving to the Administration Building, 501 7th St., will help accomplish that.
Work is underway to convert the second floor of the Administration Building into office space for the following departments:
- Student Assignment Center
- Bilingual Screening & Placement
- Families in Transition (FIT) Department (formerly called the Homeless Department)
- Student Records
- Early Childhood Screening and Placement
- Early Childhood Director and program staff (currently housed at Summerdale Early Childhood Center; this move will free up additional classroom space at Summerdale)
The district owns the building at 501 7th St., and BMO Harris Bank rents space to conduct business. The bank extended its lease by three years but is now only utilizing the building’s first floor.
Timeline: Departments will conduct business at their new location by April 4. Both sites will be maintained during the transition. Department phone numbers will not change. The move will affect approximately 30 full-time staff. Superintendent Ehren Jarrett and some Cabinet members will also move from the fourth floor to the second floor during this transition. The Transportation Department will remain at Christina Street.
Cost: Rent money that BMO Harris Bank pays to RPS 205 for the first floor goes into a fund to cover the cost of upgrades, maintenance and repairs at the building. An estimated $100,000 from that fund will cover renovations, in addition to a $75,000 high-density file storage system for student records.
Staff from the Student Assignment Center, central office and schools are reviewing the existing student enrollment process to identify areas of improvement. “We are excited about the move and the potential to better serve our families,” said Superintendent Ehren Jarrett. “We hope the move will help the vision of RPS 205 as the first choice for all families.”