School Beat — November 25, 2009

November 25, 2009 // 0 Comments

Bond monies support RPS fine arts programs by MIKE CUNEO Assistant Superintendent, Finance Rockford Public Schools As the construction season winds down for the fall, I would like to take this opportunity to update the community on the work completed and yet to be completed. Work has been started on five of the largest construction projects in the scope of the approved bond issue. As you drive around the Rockford Public Schools (RPS) district, you will see additions in progress at the following elementary buildings: Cannonsburg, Lakes, Roguewood and Valley View. All projects are on schedule and we are in the stages at some additions of finishing work (i.e. painting, carpeting and new furniture). You will also see multi-purpose fields completed at Roguewood Elementary, the addition of new fields at East Rockford Middle School and the high school/freshman center campus. Design work has been completed for the remaining elementary buildings and also for the planned addition at East Rockford Middle School as well as the facility upgrades to North Rockford Middle School, and construction on these projects will begin in the spring of 2010. However, there are many additional purchases/projects beyond construction projects that are not as easily visible. We have highlighted technology upgrades and the purchase of new computers, etc., previously in other presentations. I would like to highlight for the community the bond monies that have been expended to support the district’s fine arts programs. Over $90,000 has been spent on the purchase of new band instruments. Part of the rationale for a turf field at the Ted Carlson Memorial Stadium was the multi-purpose field would fill the need for practice fields for the band program and would optimize their performances and the program. New risers and pianos have been purchased for the choir program at the high school and freshman center. Monies have also been allocated for new instruments for the proposed orchestra program. In addition, we have allocated over $200,000 for facility and equipment upgrades to the district’s auditorium. A new state-of-the art, high-tech operating system has been installed. This computerized, digital system will control the sound and lighting systems and also incorporate portable controls. The electrical and rigging systems have been completely updated, as well as a new projection system […]