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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The Squire has been Rockford’s free weekly newspaper since 1871. Our loyal readership includes over fifteen thousand homes in the Rockford area, including the affluent Lakes area of Lake Bella Vista, Bostwick Lake and Silver Lake; Belmont, Blythefield, as well as Algoma, Courtland, Cannon and Plainfield Townships. The Squire is distributed through the U.S. Post Office every Thursday. We also deliver to in-town businesses and homes with paper carriers and news stands in our grocery stores and over thirty local shops.

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