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RPS205 Ed Committee hears proposal for new charter school


The team planning to launch a new charter school in Rockford school district 205 get put in the hot seat.

The word "thorough" comes to mind while describing how the committee is approaching the addition of GreenTek Career Academy Charter School to District 205.

"There appears to be some missing information and Mr. Knodle acknowledged that," said District Legal Counsel, Lori Hoadley.

After the committee heard a proposal of what representatives hope to be the next RPS205 charter school, they took time for questions.

What the presentation did answer were questions regarding location, curriculum and even the amount of staff.

The school would be located on South Main Street in Rockford. The base curriculum would involve prepping students for a job, for starters in either construction or computer technology. In it's first year, GreenTek would employ 13 full-time staff members.

What the committee, especially legal counsel wants to know runs a little deeper.

Special needs accommodations, health insurance for employees and bi-lingual needs came up, just to name a few.

"They did throw a couple curves at us tonight. We didn't know what types of questions would be asked in this forum. So, yes, there will be answers to all those questions," said Knodle.

GreenTek representative Kerry Knodle's passion for the charter will bring him back, information in hand if for nothing else, the student's he anticipates educating.

"It offers them something very different than what they're used to in a traditional public high school."

He wants to be a part of the school system in Rockford.

"If this charter is approved it becomes a public charter school, part of the Rockford Public School system," said Knodle.

Knodle leaves with homework, assigned by district legal counsel, Lori Hoadley.

"I'm anticipating that he'll provide additional information to us before the public hearing," she said.

That public hearing is scheduled to take place September 4th, 7pm at district headquarters.

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