Budget plan for Rockford schools

WNIJ news – Several schools could close under a budget proposal from the superintendent of the Rockford Public School District. LaVonne Sheffield says the move is needed to help erase a projected deficit of $50 million dollars. Under the plan, seven buildings would be shuttered, and nearly 300 staff members would lose their jobs. Sheffield says district schools are below capacity, and that keeping all of them open is something they can't afford. The board of education is expected to vote on the proposal by early March.

Schools targeted for closure:

Jackson Elementary

Stiles Elementary

New Milford Elementary

Dennis Early Education Center

Page Park School

Auburn High School Freshman Campus

Academic Career Education High School