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!
Carol A. Hillman
Governor Jennifer Granholm and the State Board of Education have recognized January as School Board Recognition Month, and Rockford Public Schools is joining 552 local and 57 intermediate school districts across the state to thank these community volunteers for their untiring dedication to public education. “Michiganders benefit every day from the dedicated energies and countless hours devoted by a group of more than 4,000 men and women across the state,” said Superintendent Michael Shibler. “These public servants are elected to serve by our community and receive little recognition for the difficult job that they do. They are dedicated individuals who are committed to the continuing success of our schools and students.” In a climate of change and challenge, school board members in Rockford develop policies and make tough decisions on complex educational and social issues that affect the entire community and impact individual students. They bear responsibility an oversight for an annual budget of over $72 million, over 8,000 students, 1,000 employees and 17 buildings. “We proudly join educators and community members in saluting these education advocates as they provide vision and leadership for student achievement, academic programs, district funding and school facilities. Their service ensures that decisions about local public schools are made by those most familiar with the needs of our community’s children and families,” said Shibler. “They preserve the core of our democracy—public education.” Board members were formally recognized at the January 11 Board of Education meeting at Belmont Elementary School. The men and women currently serving on the Rockford Public Schools Board of Education (with first year elected) are: • Tamara J. Schollaart, President (1998) • David M. Keller, Vice President (2006) • Laura L. Featherston, Treasurer (2006) • Charles F. Boekeloo, Secretary (1998) • Carol A. Hillman, Trustee (2003) • Miles J. Postema, Trustee (2004) • Randall C. Sellhorn, Trustee (1995)