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School Board Approves New Superintendent Contract


The Rockford School Board approved a new contract for Superintendent Ehren Jarrett, who took over as Rockford Public Schools superintendent on July 1, 2013. The three-year agreement includes two extension years. If fully executed, the contract would run through June 30, 2021.

The School Board has been pleased with Dr. Jarrett’s progress, especially related to the five-year strategic plan and the district’s vision to be the first choice for all families, said Board President Ken Scrivano. “We are looking for consistent leadership in our district, and Dr. Jarrett is the leader to make Rockford Public Schools the first-choice district for all families. We’re on track, and Dr. Jarrett is leading that charge,” Scrivano said.

Jarrett was hired in RPS 205 as an assistant superintendent in June 2011. Since then, the district has implemented College and Career Academies in each of its high schools and received national recognition as the third Ford Next Generation Learning Model Community in the country. The district is also executing a comprehensive 10-year facilities plan, which includes building two schools and 13 additions. RPS 205 is on track to realize its vision of being the first choice for all families. (Read more at​.)​​​

Jarrett’s initial contract – approved in 2013 – ran through June 30, 2018, including renewal terms. This new contract includes a 2.9 percent base pay increase to $219,371.84. That total increase includes a 1.9 percent salary adjustment and a 1 percent increase to reflect market rates for superintendent compensation.​