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Support the Better Schools Brighter Future Referendum

October 31, 2012

The Better Schools Brighter Future Referendum Committee has been working hard meeting with various community groups about the importance of passing this critical referendum.

On Nov. 6, please support our students, teachers, and our community by voting YES to a question on your ballot that will ask voters to approve a $139 million bond referendum. Proceeds of this bond sale will help fund a 10-year facilities plan that will impact every student and every neighboerhood. Issuing these bonds will NOT INCREASE YOUR ANNUAL TAXES.

Because the district is in excellent financial standing, we have the opportunity to issue bonds that can be spent to repair and improve the district’s facilities. This is the first opportunity we have had in more than 20 years to do so. This is a responsible way to address the district’s aging facilities and their needs at a time when interest rates are at an all-time low.

Our schools are in dire need of repairs, some of which include: fixing carpet held together by duct tape; inadequate number of outlets which prevent students from accessing computers; 80-year-old boilers; and single pane windows that make heating and cooling consistencies virtually impossible. But our students deserve even more. They deserve 21st-century learning environments where they can experience project-based learning and technology that will help them compete in the global marketplace.

This is about the kids. But it’s also about so much more than that. Communities with excellent school systems attract people, increase home values, and attract new businesses to the area. School systems are a major driver of the economy.

Please vote YES for Kids Nov. 6. But also vote yes for all Rockford residents. Vote YES for our community. Let’s keep striving to make Rockford Public Schools the first choice of schools in our great city.

Please visit our website,, to learn more about our efforts.

Bridget French
Better Schools Brighter Future Referendum
Campaign Committee Member

From the Oct. 31-Nov. 6, 2012, issue


  1. John

    October 31, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    I will be voting “NO”. Our taxes are outrageous. I and the rest of the 205 taxpayers have been paying through the nose since 1989, yet our school system REMAINS one of the worst in Illinois ( places 205 in the BOTTOM 5%).

    No amount of money will fix this mess.

    First, taxes. Here’s an analogy. I have a friend in an Indianapolis suburb who lives in a comparable house, in a comparable neighborhood, with schools that are ranked outstanding. He pays 25% of what I pay in Property taxes. He gets way more and I get way less, and Rockford liberals think I will vote to continue paying outrageous tax rates????

    Since 1989, despite the millions and millions of dollarws that we have dumped into 205, almost nothing trickled down to the students (theres that bottom 5% again!). However, teachers and administrators always seem to get their pay raises.

    For everyone out there who is NOT a state employee, WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU GOT A RAISE???

    Vote NO!

  2. Denny Wallize

    November 1, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    Great letter John. I too will not support this huge tax increase. By voting “No”, taxpayers will finally see significant reductions in their real estate bills.

  3. Kevin R

    November 2, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    I will definitely be voting no! The public needs to know the waste of money going on with the dist. Company cars provided to the director of transportation and the safety officer along with free gas are just 2 small examples.These two individuals can drive to work on their own dime like everybody else has to. Administration and principals and vice principals at six figure salaries in a 10.00 an hour city like Rockford is unrealistic. The taxpayers of Rockford need to make a stand, this city is operating like a corporation and making decisions behind closed doors, enough is enough! The school dist. needs to make pay cuts starting with the higher up’s, stop providing company car’s and trim the administration personnel. That would be a fine start to a new beginning.

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