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RPS205 board passes 10-year plan and referendum

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Board members in Rockford School District 205 take a vote on an item taxpayers will have to take their own vote on in November.

The board didn't approve this referendum by itself. It's whole purpose enables the district to sell bonds, $139 million that will be spent on building maintenance, additions and improvements for the next decade.

Before members even voted, Ben Burston, a member of the steering committee formed to assemble the 10-year facilities master plan shared the changes made to the plan and how he thought they may affect voters' decision.

In the end board members vote to approve a 10-year plan which now only closes Cherry Valley and builds an addition on to White Swan.

After much discussion, the referendum voters can expect to see in November reflects that plan by striking out what originally proposed the building of new schools in the plan.

That's gone now but can happen in the future only if the board goes back to taxpayers with another referendum. It's also important to mention that a new building means one that is freestanding. Any new structures that are built attached to current structures are considered additions, including future fieldhouses and gymnasiums board members must ask for in another referendum.

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