Rockford School District

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The Rockford School District could save more than $1 million on fuel to run its buses this year.

Officials say the cost of diesel fuel has dropped to its lowest point in 11 years.

The district budgeted $2.1 million for fuel this year but has only spent $503,000. The final tab is likely to fall below $1 million.

The Rockford Register-Star reports district officials are eyeing the purchase of used buses to upgrade its fleet.

All Rockford Public Schools are closed today, according to an announcement on the school district website. All district after-school activities also are canceled, the announcement said.

The district reports that "a large percentage" of the district-owned school buses would not start because of the extreme cold.

The Administration Building, Student Assignment Center/Sterling Holley and Operations Support Center are open.

Whooping Cough Case Identified At Auburn High School

Sep 15, 2015

Pertussis, or whooping cough, has made its presence into the Rockford public school district.

Last Friday, a letter was sent out regarding an Auburn High School student with a confirmed case of pertussis.

Families of West View Elementary and West Middle School also received letters about probable cases that have been reported.

Pertussis is easily mistaken as a bad cold, but its symptoms are more severe and can last up to 100 days.

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An audit shows the Rockford School District's $8.8 million deficit was the result of an accounting change and higher-than-anticipated salaries. 

The district has enough in cash reserves to cover the deficit. No programs or staff are expected to be cut.

The current school year is barely half-finished, but the Rockford School District is seeking youngsters to enroll in kindergarten and sign up for the Montessori pre-kindergarten program lottery for Fall 2015.  Incoming kindergartners must turn 5 and pre-kindergarten students must turn 4 on or before Sept. 1, 2015, to be eligible.  Parents/guardians applying for the Montessori pre-k lottery must complete an application and attend a mandatory orientation at Maria Montessori School.

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Building trades programs can give high school students an opportunity to learn about the construction industry. But some northern Illinois school districts are eliminating the class.

Leadership Academy Pairs NIU and Dist. 205

Jan 31, 2013

School district officials in Rockford are partnering with NIU's College of Education to better train administrators.  The goal is to build leaderships skills among Rockford's 100 public school principals and assistant principals.

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A measure to allow Rockford Public Schools to issue $139 million in bonds to finance a massive rebuilding plan passed by a wide margin on Tuesday.  However, the District’s work has only just begun.

Dr Ehren Jarrett has been chosen as the Rockford School District’s next superintendent. The soon-to-be-former assistant superintendent says the District is thrilled that the issue passed. But, he says, a lot more planning is necessary, because the District wants to be careful with the authority it has been given.

The November ballot includes a key question for Rockford voters. They’re being asked decide the fate of a major construction plan for the city’s school district. The proposal is getting a lot of support from political leaders. But not everyone is on board. 

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The Rockford Public School Board has named Ehren Jarrett as its new Superintendent.  The board will begin contract negotiations with the possibility of Jarrett assuming his new role July 1, 2013. Interim Superintendent Robert Willis is expected to stay on until then.

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