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SCHOOL BEAT Rockford Public Schools state funding: past, present, future  by MICHAEL S. SHIBLER, Ph.D. Superintendent of Schools Rockford Public Schools During the past several months, I have been asked by many parents and Rockford Public Schools (RPS) employees to clarify what the “real” state revenue cuts to our schools were as compared to what […]

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SCHOOL BEAT Rockford Public Schools Enters its 128th Year by RANDY SELLHORN President, Board of Education Dear families, faculty, staff and friends of the Rockford Public Schools: It’s an exciting time of year as we prepare for another school year! Rockford is entering its 128th year. Can you fathom the commitment it takes to endure for […]

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SCHOOL BEAT Gender Equity: ‘Another One of Our Successful Programs’  by JAMIE HOSFORD Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources Rockford Public Schools Rockford Public Schools (RPS) has been a leader in West Michigan for more than 15 years in the areas of Gender Equity, Title IX and exceeding compliance benchmarks. RPS’ administration was on the initial […]

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SCHOOL BEAT Designing Inclusive Environments  by JIM VANDERKOLK Director of Operations Rockford Public Schools My daughter is finishing her masters degree in occupational therapy and presented me with a challenge (as my daughters frequently do): to assess the accessibility of Rockford High School from a wheel chair. So, I did. I navigated through the empty […]

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SCHOOL BEAT New school year brings bussing changes by JACQUIE FASE Director of Transportation Rockford Public Schools It’s been quite a busy summer down at the bus garage. I was given the challenge to think “outside the bus” to contain rising costs and to keep our level of service acceptable. As a perpetual positive thinker, […]