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RPS 205 asks for feedback on future school projects


What Rockford public schools will look like 10 years from now is, in part, up to you.

A District 205 committee is seeking input from residents on what to do with millions of dollars set aside for upgrading school buildings.

Back in November 2012, Rockford voters said 'yes' to a $139 million tax referendum. That money was meant to be used over the next 10 years to repair and maintain the school district's 50 buildings.

Now, after a year's worth of construction projects, District 205's Community Input Committee is going back to the taxpayers, asking for their thoughts on future projects.

A small group of community members gathered at Klehm Arboretum Saturday morning to try and answer those questions.

Responses varied. But reasons for wanting to help advance the district were often similar. "I have three little ones, and I want to make sure that they have adequate education and opportunities," says Antonio Rodriguez, who attended the meeting.

After the meeting, a hired team of architects will use this information to come up with a plan to be voted on by the school board, and eventually brought to life.

"I believe that the hope is to have enough of it done before the summer construction season, that they can do a next wave of construction next summer," says Matthew Johnson-Doyle, Community Input Committee Co-Chair

If you missed today's meeting and want to share your thoughts, there are more meetings coming up, they're listed on the RPS 205 website. Or you are encouraged to contact your school board member with your feedback.

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