Rockford Public Schools

Rockford Public Schools

Two Rockford public high schools made the national Washington Post Most Challenging High Schools list this year.

Auburn High School ranked 13th in Illinois, and Guilford High School was 53rd in the state -- and both made the top 2,000 in the country.

The Rockford School Board voted 5-2 in favor of a bid from Ohio-based First Student to outsource its bus driver jobs.

The bid was around $35.7 million over three years,  according to the Rockford Register Star. If the bid is accepted, Rockford Public Schools would retain control of its fleet and bus routes. Current bus drivers would be hired at existing pay and benefit levels, but they no longer would pay into the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund.

"School buses" by Flickr User JohnPickenPhoto / (CC BY 2.0)

The Rockford School Board is considering a plan that would outsource management of its school bus service for 18,000 passengers per day.

District leaders discussed a potential bid with “First Student” during a public hearing last night, according to the Rockford Register Star.

WNIJ/Susan Stephens

Anthony Dixon won the race for a seat on the Rockford School Board with a Queen of Clubs.  

Eight write-in candidates battled it out for the sub-district A seat in the April 4 election.

Tuesday, the winner was determined by flipping over two playing cards at the Winnebago County Administration Building in Rockford.

According to letters sent to Dixon and fellow write-in candidate Brandi Brown, a total of 517 ballots cast for the eight write-in candidates in the April 4 election resulted in a tie.

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Nearly two weeks after a strike from the district’s bus drivers, paraprofessionals, and food service workers, a contract deal isn’t in close reach.

AFSCME represents the workers who protested what they call “dead end contract negotiations.” 

Ed Sadlowski, with the labor union, says the strike was successful in giving school employees a voice.

“It’s a new awareness and a new understanding about what needs to happen and how, and the very appropriate approach to when you’re encountered being provoked to strike, just how do it," he said.

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