New School No. 1 will consolidate students in Kishwaukee and Nelson elementary schools and be located in the ORCHiD neighborhood.
Location: South of Kishwaukee Elementary School at the corner of Union Street and Kishwaukee Street.
Estimated cost: $21.5 million
Information about the site: District leaders worked with representatives from ORCHiD neighborhood and city officials to finalize the new school location. Choosing this site means the new school will be part of a Purpose Built Community– a nationally acclaimed model with a goal to revitalize the community, specifically in the area just south of downtown Rockford. Purpose Built leaders and local agencies aim to bring high-quality housing, education and wellness to the neighborhood. A new school will provide a key component to that plan. The City of Rockford and Winnebago County have signed on to support the Purpose Built plan, each pledging $200,000 a year for three years – a $600,000 commitment each. That money will be used to expand the school’s footprint and remove blight in the neighborhood.
New School No. 2 will consolidate students in Cherry Valley, Thompson and White Swan elementary schools.
Location: Between Swanson Parkway and Perryville Road, south of Harrison Avenue. Access to the school will be off Perryville Road in Cherry Valley.
Estimated cost: $20.6 million
Information about the site: District leaders worked with Cherry Valley village leaders to select the site, which is centrally located within the attendance zone. It also offers the opportunity to continue a Rockford Park District partnership and potential park development nearby.
Read 'Sites Selected for New RPS 205 Elementary Schools' to learn more. Click here to view photos.