Tuesday, March 1 school board meeting moved to Ellis Arts Academy, large crowd expected
Over-capacity crowds at the Rockford Public Schools Administration Building at several recent school board meetings have prompted officials to move the Tuesday, March 1 open session to Ellis Arts Academy, 222 S. Central Ave.
In the past several weeks, people have been packed into the District 205 lobby, second floor hallways and outside the building because of tight quarters. The temporary venue will allow more people to sit in on the proceedings.
Tuesday’s session will in the Ellis auditorium, which is about three to five times the size of the Administration Building board room. However, according to reports as of Friday afternoon, Feb. 25, the news may not be positive for some.
Because of the venue change, there may be no live television broadcast Tuesday, when the board is expected to vote on Superintendent Dr. LaVonne M. Sheffield’s $45 million budget-cutting plan which has at least eight schools on the blocks for closing or repurposing next year.
A lack of live coverage could mean an overflow at Ellis of those who usually tune into WGRE Channel 20 each week, resulting in another space issue.
Reports of possibly moving the meeting from Ellis buzzed as of late Friday, however, district officials said before close of business that the Ellis location will stand until further notice.
The school board did give word that officials are working on a way to broadcast the meeting live from Ellis. If that can’t be done, a tape-delay would be aired.
Tuesday, Feb. 22, a few hundred protesters remained outside the building while the lobby, halls and board room were at capacity for most of the evening.
The Rock River Times will have updates as they develop.
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