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Public invited to discuss District 205 school closings

May 3, 2014
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By Jim Hagerty
Staff Writer

Rockford school leaders are seeking public input to decide on a plan that may close as many as nine District 205 buildings in an effort improve education.

The district will present three plans. Each calls for the closure of Cherry Valley, Dennis, King, Kishwaukee, Nelson, Thompson and West View elementary schools. 

Under Plan A, the seven schools would close and students and staff would be transferred elsewhere in the district. Plan B includes Plan A and closing Nelson School, while Plan C calls for three new buildings to replace Kishwaukee, Nelson and Cherry Valley. White Swan would also close under Plan C.

Leaders say it’s a better economic decision to close the schools than incur hefty costs to repair them.

We’re considering these improvements because we think—I think—there’s a better, more sustainable way to educate our kids,” Superintendent Ehren Jarrett said Friday in a letter to staff. “We want to give all students adequate and excellent resources. Some of our facilities can’t keep up.”

Each plan comes with an estimated cost of $239 million. No staff cuts are expected.

The Rockford Board of Education is scheduled to discuss the three plans at its June 10 meeting, following a series of public input sessions. The board could adopt one of the plans as early as June 24.

Following is a list of upcoming public input sessions.

Monday, May 05, 2014

Washington 3:45 p.m.

Spring Creek 2:30 p.m.

Welsh 2:30 p.m.

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Montessori 3:45 p.m.

Nashold 2:30 p.m.

Walker 2:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Froberg 2:30 p.m.

Ellis 2:30 p.m.

Whitehead 2:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Bloom 2:25 p.m.

Cherry Valley/White Swan (at CV) 3 p.m.

Hillman 2:30 p.m.

Haskell 2:30 p.m.

Marshall 4 p.m.

Monday, May 12, 2014

West View 2:30 p.m.

Barbour 2:30 p.m.

Thompson 2:25 p.m.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Marsh 2:30 p.m.

Nelson 2:30 p.m.

Riverdahl 2:30 p.m.

Rockford University 7 p.m.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Auburn 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Fairview 2:35 p.m.

Conklin 2:30 p.m.

Lathrop 2:30 p.m.

Guilford 6:30 p.m.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Rolling Green 3:45 p.m.

Summerdale 3:45 p.m.

Beyer 2:30 p.m.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Gregory 2:30 p.m.

Brookview 2:30 p.m.

Johnson 2:30 p.m.

Administration Building 7 p.m.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Carlson 2:30 p.m.

McIntosh 2:30 p.m.

Dennis 3:45 p.m.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

King 2:30 p.m.

Kishwaukee 2:30 p.m.

Lewis Lemon 2:30 p.m.

 

One Comment

  1. Almost Retired

    May 3, 2014 at 11:45 am

    I agree is closing these schools BUT I would like to see HOW this is going to impact the schools where these students are going to placed. I do NOT want to see the number of students in a classroom increase. It is difficult TEACHING when there are so many behavioral problems within the classroom. You cannot expect teachers to have larger classes when it is already difficult with the class sizes they have now.
    Also, could someone explain to me WHY certain schools are becoming specialized schools? Carlson is not really a neighborhood school as it is a school that is housing LI and MI students and is expected to have more of these students next year. I thought Rockford Public Schools stated that ALL students would go to their NEIGHBORHOOD schools because the state is no longer reimbursing for busing. Yet, I find that certain schools are specializing in specialized education, why is that?

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