SCHOL BEAT

The School Year Begins

by CAROL A. HILLMAN
President, Board of Education
Rockford Public Schools

Welcome to the 2012-2013 school year. On a personal note, my two daughters will be in the same building for the first time in two years and I’m hoping that makes things a little less complicated. Time will tell…

My past presidency was during the 2007-2008 school year when the bond issue was passed. Because of your vote of confidence at that time, we have and are still continuing to make capital improvements to our district. Due to our prudent spending, an excellent bidding environment, and capable teams of designers and construction workers, our facilities provide wonderful opportunities for our students and our many community education offerings. Because we are the recreation department of the Rockford community, our facilities are used literally from birth to retirement ages and, specifically in the school day for preschool through 12th grade. It is rewarding to know that these well-thought-out plans have allowed for improvements above and beyond our expectations. Thank you for your trust in these endeavors. I hope you take the time to tour the district as a point of pride for our community.

Facilities are important, yes. But of the utmost importance is the growth and development we expect to occur for your child(ren) this year. Relationships in their classes (teachers, parapros, specialists, and fellow classmates), co-curricular choices, and friendships are key to a successful year. Please be sure to attend parent-teacher conferences and volunteer in co-curricular or classroom settings whenever possible.

In addition to parent involvement, the people of Rockford contribute to our students’ success. Retired members of the community are also welcome to be involved. It does take a village to raise a child, and I am proud to have Rockford be the village my family chooses to have our daughters experience their opportunities in school. I trust you will take the initiative to assist your child(ren) to make the most of this year for academic, life-skills, character-building, physical, social, and emotional growth. Welcome to the 2012-13 school year. Go Rams!

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