Here is the Information You Need About RPS 205 School Improvements

Rockford Public Schools has launched a new School Improvement Interactive Map on www.rps205.com. By going to www.rps205.com and clicking on the “Learn About the Bond Referendum” link on the home page, web visitors will be directed to the bond section of the web site where they’ll find a left-hand navigational link to the map. Online users can click over the map with a mouse to see a list of needs for each school. The new School Improvement Interactive Map was completed in cooperation with the Rockford Register Star.

Here is an example (East High) of the information that is available for each school:

SCHOOL: East High School
ADDRESS: 2929 Charles St., Rockford, Ill.
NEEDED WORK, IMPROVEMENTS: Interior finish upgrades (paint, carpet, ceiling tile, flooring, etc.).

Renovation and improvements including science classrooms, locker rooms, library; and a number of infrastructure improvements including ADA, plumbing, electrical, and mechanical upgrades and repairs. Conversion of existing weight and training rooms into reassigned spaces. A new addition consisting of an auxiliary gym and cafeteria expansion.

Exterior building maintenance includes tuck-pointing and windows replacement; installation of new window shades, blinds, and coverings.

Site improvements include repaving of parking areas, curb and sidewalk / entrance walks replacement; general improvements to the play fields and landscaping for proposed addition and around perimeter.

With the average age of district school buildings at 57 years old, the School Improvement Interactive Map is designed to help parents and community members understand the need for significant repairs and upgrades at all school buildings.

“Our administrative team, together with our board, spent more than a year developing a comprehensive plan to upgrade all of our schools,” said Interim Superintendent Robert Willis. “Together with our expert facilities program manager, we are beginning to prioritize those needs and keep the plan flexible so we can continue to gather public input, optimize our cost savings and create better school buildings in order to provide a better educational environment for all staff and students.”

Dr. Willis added that the district has already included $5 million in its annual budget going forward to address building maintenance needs and assure buildings stay up-to-date and maintained.

In addition to the new interactive map, information on the upcoming bond referendum can be found at www.rps205.com, including the impact on the community, financial fast facts, and frequently asked questions.