White Swan Elementary School Principal Carolyn Timm will continue her leadership role at the new elementary school in Cherry Valley for the 2018-19 school year. The new K-5 school will replace the existing Cherry Valley, White Swan and Thompson elementary schools. Located at 6754 Armer Drive, 61109, the 86,000 square-foot school is expected to be ready for students at the start of the 2018-19 school year.
Timm recently started her second year as principal at White Swan Elementary School. Before coming to RPS 205, she was a junior high math teacher in the Meridian Community Unit School District for more than 10 years. Prior to that, she taught at Kennedy Middle School for six years and also taught in private schools.
Timm is excited to see students at her K-2 school continue to grow and learn at the new K-5 building. “This is a great step to providing opportunities for students using collaborative learning spaces with brand new facilities,” she said. She is looking forward to expanding her leadership in RPS 205. Timm will focus on blending the three school communities – staff, students and families – into one school family.
“Mrs. Timm has a solid, cohesive vision for this school, its students and staff,” said Diana Alt, Executive Director of Elementary and Special Programs. “She is prepared to utilize the collaborative learning spaces within this new school to really benefit our students and maximize their success.”
The current Cherry Valley Elementary School will be demolished and become property of the Village of Cherry Valley through an intergovernmental agreement. White Swan and Thompson elementary schools will be demolished and become the property of the Rockford Park District through an intergovernmental agreement. The new K-5 school will have four strands (four kindergarten classrooms, four first grade classrooms, etc.). This is the first new school built in RPS 205 since 1998.
Construction work was awarded in February to Cord Construction for $15.7 million. The School Board hired CannonDesign in February 2016 to design two elementary schools. A second new school in the ORCHiD neighborhood will replace Nelson and Kishwaukee elementary schools. That school is expected to be ready for students at the start of the 2019-20 school year.
Building two elementary schools is part of board-approved facilities plan to upgrade RPS 205 buildings and shrink the district's footprint. The School Board approved an updated 10-year facilities plan in August 2014, based on in-depth analysis and community input. That plan outlined closing eight buildings and building 13 elementary school additions and two new schools.