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Facilities Task Force considering alternative plans

6/19/2014

​​Update:
  • The committee meets again at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 2 at the Administration Building, 501 7th St.
  • A recommendation goes to the Rockford School Board for a first reading at the July 8 meeting.
  • A decision could come at the Aug. 12 board meeting.​​

Rockford Public Schools’ Facilities Ta​sk Force Steering Committee is considering alternative plans to Plans A, B and C that were ​presented to the community in May. The committee met again Wednesday, June 11 to review alternatives for elementary school upgrades. The alternatives are based on input from the more than 500 feedback forms collected during community forums. Committee members hope to finalize a recommendation to the Rockford School Board for the July 8 meeting, although that schedule might change and a recommendation could come at the Aug. 12 board meeting.

The committee meets again to continue reviewing options at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 18 at the Administration Building, 501 7th St.

Administrators and the Task Force in May held 39 public meetings, plus meetings with area organizations about three plans that outline changes to RPS elementary schools, including the construction of new schools, additions, major renovations and school consolidations. (Read more about the plan​s on our construction site.)

The community provided a lot of input on each of the plans, including questions, concerns, criticism and praise, said Superintendent Ehren Jarrett. "This has been a collaborative process with the community and the Task Force, and we've received some constructive feedback and some genuine excitement for the future of our facilities," Jarrett said.

Common themes from the feedback include support for new schools, concerns with deferred maintenance, school size, closures and building shutdown, equity, and the neighborhood impact of each of the plans.