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Leadership team named for RPS205 and Dr. Jarrett


Rockford Public Schools district 205 puts names and faces on the team that will work side-by-side with incoming superintendent, Dr. Ehren Jarrett.

Jarrett's contract was first brought up at the last board meeting, Tuesday, March 12th.  During the March 26 meeting of the board, that same contract was approved.  Jarrett will receive $210,000 per year.  Interim Superintendent Dr. Robert Willis receives the same amount, as did his predecessor.

The contract is for three years, starting July 1st with two automatic one-year renewal terms.  That means the contract could last five years through June of 2018.  The board has also agreed to pay into Jarrett's Teachers' Retirement System pension at the same rate of RPS certified teaching staff.  Jarrett's benefits package is also reflective of district certified administrators.

Assistant Superintendent Matt Vosberg, who applied and interviewed for District Superintendent, losing to Jarrett, has been appointed to the position of Deputy Superintendent.  He'll earn $175,000 per year. 

Executive Director of Learning Vicki Jacobson will become Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Education.  She'll earn $135,000 annually.  Formerly, Martha Hayes held the position.  She retired in December.

Finally, Theodore "Chip" Hickman will become Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Education.  He, like Jacobson, will earn $135,000 each year.  Hickman currently serves as Principal at Kaneland High School.  He's taking over the position, Jarrett is leaving.

The current Cabinet, formed under the leadership of Dr. Robert Willis will remain intact.

Board member Lisa Jackson is the only member not in favor of Jarrett's contract approval.  She declined to go on the record about why she voted "no".

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