Rockford School District

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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.

The Board has also approved placing a referendum on the November ballot. It would ask voters to allow the district to sell nearly $140-million in bonds to help fund the plan.

Rockford Teachers Vote to Strike

Mar 26, 2012
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Members of the Rockford Education Association voted Monday night to go on strike Thursday, March 29th unless there is a contract agreement before then.