R.E.A.C.H. announces board, goals

R.E.A.C.H. announces board, goals


Rockford Educating All Children announced its new board members and goals on Tuesday.

The new R.E.A.CH. Board of Directors are as follows: Evelyn Ahmer – Homemaker, community volunteer, member of Winnebago County Taxpayers Association.

Ted Biondo – Hamilton-Sundstrand engineer; former school board member, Subdistrict D; school board vice president, 1998-2000; former Dist. 205 Finance Committee chairperson and Curriculum Committee chairperson; former Dist. 205 Legislative Committee community representative.

Scott Carter – Graduate of Univ. of Illinois with a B.S. degree in architecture; owner, Top Two Bottom Home Inspection; former Dist. 205 Facilities Committee community representative; member of Jackson Oaks Neighborhood Watch Group; member of Rockford Area Association of Realtors; member on the Affordable Housing Committee; teaches a class in House Maintenance.

Barb Dent – Graduate of University of Toledo with a BBA in Computer Systems; Crusader Spirit Club volunteer; Quail Run Home Association Block Watch captain; Winnebago County Taxpayers Association member; former Holy Family Church Confirmation group leader; Rock Valley College part-time faculty; former Marsh PTO president; former Eisenhower Parent Volunteer Organization treasurer.

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Kathy Kelley – Accountant, Kitzman’s Lumber & Building Center; three associate’s degrees in accounting, business & marketing; Libertarian Party—State Central Committee representative.

Les Pergande – Has several patents for gearing and inspection equipment; former Barber-Colman plant manager; retired from Redin and Midstates Corp.

Mike Smith – retired Dist. 205 math teacher, instructor for students preparing for ACT test.

The R.E.A.CH. goals for 2002 are as follows: 1. Educate the public on the teachers’ contract. 2. Have representatives attend District 205 Operations and Education Committee meetings. 3. If necessary, spearhead the petition drive with the Winnebago County Taxpayers and Libertarian Party to stop any backdoor referendum by District 205. 4. Have representatives on the ongoing Student Assignment Committee, which will look at all of the facilities, evaluate the middle school and high school student assignment process and evaluate the educational reforms being suggested for low-performing schools. 5. Discuss which magnet school programs should be continued and their configuration (K-5 or K-8). 6. Monitor the District 205 schools on the State Academic Watch list. 7. Monitor District 205 finances and focus on the elimination of the dual administration and making sure the district maintains a balanced budget. 8. Have a presentation by Rock Valley College Board of Trustees. 9. Continue to monitor District 205 test scores, dropout rates, truancy rates and student population. 10. Study the number of Illinois State Scholars and Illinois Merit Recognition Scholars from District 205 and compare to private schools and other area public schools.

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