SCHOOL BEAT

It’s good to know! 

by LAURA FEATHERSTON
Trustee, Board of Education
Rockford Public Schools

Laura Featherston

As a local real estate agent, I am frequently asked for information about area school districts. I’m obviously a bit biased towards Rockford Public Schools (RPS), but I have to be as impartial as possible! I always direct people to the administrative offices and each district’s website for details. I think rpsschools.org has great information and urge you to visit frequently.

The following information is taken from a link I like, “Fingertip Facts.” I hope it helps you learn something new about our great district!

•            The district encompasses 100 square miles with a population of approximately 42,000 people.

•            Our facilities include: eight elementary schools, two middle schools, the Freshman Center, high school, River Valley Alternative High School, administration, community services, facilities and operations, special services/library services, and transportation.

•            The student count for the 2010-11 school year was 7,937.

•            First Class Facilities—a $45 million bond issue was approved by the community in May 2008. It funded upgrades to technology district-wide, renovated and built additions to 10 schools, and expanded/improved the district’s athletic and multi-purpose fields.

•            The community of Rockford Public Schools has supported every bond issue since 1990.

•            The transportation department has a fleet of 70 buses and transports approximately 5,610 students per day.

•            The transportation department has received state and national recognition for student safety.

•            Over $2 million in scholarships were awarded to the graduating class of 2011.

•            Rockford Public Schools is the only school district in the state of Michigan with a mandatory competency test as a graduation requirement, which guarantees that our graduates possess the essential skills to succeed after high school.

•            The food service program provides a nutritious lunch program to approximately 6,000 students daily and meets the highest state and federal guidelines.

•            The administration continues to work toward reducing current and future operating costs through an aggressive energy conservation program. To date, savings through the end of March 2011 were $3,105,614 and 100 percent of our buildings have received the Energy Star Label Award.

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