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RPS205 hosts tour showing community improvement needs

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Rockford voters get an inside look at why district 205 administrators want them to vote yes on a multi-million dollar referendum next month.

Three hours, four schools and a number of reasons why administration hopes voters get behind a plan to spend money on the first phase of the facilities master plan.

"This level of the building is un accessible if you're handicapped."

Principals in district 205 sound off as the community gets a look at why administration is asking voters to allow district-wide improvements.

"When it's hot in here it's hot for a long time," said one principal.

HVAC problems, tripping and electrical hazards and water damage are just a handful of reasons Operations Officer Todd Schmidt believes in the referendum.

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some of the community members out there to take a look at some of the facilities and kind of show them what we've been talking about in the ten year facilities plan.

Those on the tour react as well.

"I'm interested in the school district and spending the $310 million they're talking about in total," said Bill Dornbush.

"I'm amazed that these parts still work and I guess it goes to show how well things at one time were built, however that boiler can no longer be energy efficient or meet the needs of this school building," said another person on the tour.

Education Committee member Dyanna Chandler is a referendum supporter.  But she does want assurance that future administration will follow through with the plan.

"I would like to see that continue.  To have a line item where we have continuous maintenance and we do not get to the level of decay and structural damage that we have in the facilities that we saw today," said Chandler.

The tour made stops at Kishwaukee, Nelson, Lincoln and McIntosh along the way. We'll have much more on this referendum and what it means to our area the night before the election on 13 News.

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