Rockford School District

Rockford School Bus Drivers Approve Strike

Nov 2, 2016
"SCHOOL BUSES" BY FLICKR USER JOHNPICKENPHOTO / (CC X 2.0)

Bus drivers are giving a greenlight for AFSCME Local 1275 to call a strike if a contract agreement isn’t reached.

The previous contract with the workers and the Rockford School District expired in June.

Main points of contention are wages and health insurance costs.

Ed Sadlowski, with the union, says the bus drivers are struggling to make ends meet.

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

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.

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