Rockford schools

Rockford Public Schools

Rockford school officials informed the union representing paraprofessionals and food service workers the school board will terminate union contracts next month.

AFSCME Local 692 represents paraprofessionals in Rockford schools while AFSCME Local 3210 represents food service workers. According to a release from AFSCME, the unions represent nearly 640 members.

Starting pay for Rockford schools paraprofessionals is $9.53 an hour; food service workers start at $8.43.

The Rockford School Board voted unanimously Tuesday night — without discussion or debate — to lower the property tax rate by 58 cents for next year’s tax bills.

The owner of a $100,000 house could see a 10 percent reduction in his or her property tax bill, at a cost of roughly $9.3 million to the Rockford School District in fiscal 2013.