Ann Marie Linscott

Meadow Ridge Elementary’s 16-year goal accomplished

March 26, 2009 // 0 Comments

In 1993, Valley View Elementary became Rockford Public Schools’ first school to be recognized by the state of Michigan as a Blue Ribbon Exemplary School. At the time, we committed to having all of our schools go through the Blue Ribbon process and earn this recognition. Why? Because we want to be accountable to you for providing the very best education for our students and our community. The Blue Ribbon recognition confirms that commitment. The Blue Ribbon program is a very challenging and detailed process, requiring school personnel to complete a comprehensive report delineating the school’s student achievement, test scores, educational programs, opportunities available for all students, and parent involvement in the school. The report is then evaluated by three independent readers, and a score is assigned based on a rigorous rubric. If the school receives high marks, a visitation team is sent to confirm the accuracy of the report. If all goes well, the school is recommended to the State Board of Education as a State Blue Ribbon Exemplary School. On March 17, 2009, the State Board of Education declared Meadow Ridge Elementary as Rockford Public Schools’ final traditional school to earn this recognition. All of Rockford Public Schools’ elementary, middle and high schools have now received this prestigious recognition from the State Board of Education. Many of our schools also received National Blue Ribbon recognition from the U.S. Department of Education. However, the state of Michigan discontinued participation in the federal program several years ago. Listed below are the dates each of our schools received their Blue Ribbon recognition: 1993-Valley View Elementary 1994-Rockford Middle School* 1995-Parkside Elementary 1996-Rockford High School* (includes all 9-12) 1997-Roguewood Elementary* 1998-Sheridan Trail 1999-Belmont Elementary* 2001-Cannonsburg Elementary* 2003-Lakes Elementary 2005-Crestwood Elementary 2006-East Rockford Middle School 2009-Meadow Ridge Elementary *Also received National Blue Ribbon recognition from the U.S. Department of Education (Michigan’s participation in the U.S. program ended in 2002). The process to become a State Blue Ribbon Exemplary School District has taken 16 years, but was well worth the effort. Later this spring, Meadow Ridge staff, students and parents will be formally recognized by the State Board of Education during a ceremony held at the school. Congratulations to Meadow Ridge Elementary and the Rockford Public Schools!

Linscott Sentenced to 151 Months

February 19, 2009 // 0 Comments

Lack of remorse cited by judge Ann Marie Linscott, 49, of Rockford, Michigan, was sentenced on February 4, 2009, to 151 months of imprisonment for perpetrating a murder-for-hire scheme, announced U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Michigan, Donald A. Davis, and Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of California, Lawrence G. Brown. Linscott was sentenced by the Honorable Janet T. Neff, U.S. District Court Judge. At sentencing, Judge Neff chastised Linscott for displaying no remorse. Judge Neff felt compelled to sentence Linscott to a lengthy term of imprisonment to protect the public from Linscott and to send a clear message of deterrence to anyone else who might contemplate a murder-for-hire scheme. In November 2007, three California residents were searching the Internet website for job opportunities and they exchanged e-mails with Linscott regarding a job opportunity she was advertising on the website. The job description was advertised as “freelance” with no further information provided. During the e-mail correspondence, Linscott, who was a Rockford resident, asked each of the three individuals responding to her advertisement to “”eradicate” a woman living in Oroville, Butte County, California, and provided additional information on the intended victim to include a description of the victim, her age and her employment address. On two separate occasions, Linscott offered payment of $5,000 upon completion of “the eradication task.” The three individuals reported the incident to law enforcement authorities in California. Investigators in California identified the true identity of Linscott’s intended victim and determined the victim was married. The victim’s husband was interviewed by investigators and acknowledged meeting Linscott through an on-line college course in 2004 or 2005. According to the victim’s husband, he and Linscott developed an on-line relationship. The victim’s husband met Linscott in person when he traveled to Reno, Nevada, in July 2005 to attend a conference. Linscott spent two days with the husband in Reno. Linscott also visited the husband in Butte County in May 2007, and since that time they continued to communicate via telephone and e-mail. While the charges were filed in the Eastern District of California, Linscott was permitted to plead guilty in her home state in the Western District of Michigan. The investigation of this matter was conducted by the FBI in Sacramento and […]