The Rockford Public School Board voted to move forward with building two new elementary schools as stated in the district's comprehensive Facilities Master Plan.
The vote was 6 to 1 with Lisa Jackson from Subdistrict A being the only no vote.
This move allows RPS 205 to continue its plan to build the new elementary schools which is part of a 10-year facilities plan. The plan means eight schools will close and 13 others will be renovated along with the two new ones being built.
The motion was amended by board member Tim Rollins who made several stipulations: construction follows the proposed time frame, new furniture and deferred maintenance will be funded at other schools and operational needs of the district will be met. Rollins' motion was approved.
You may recall, in August 2014, the Board approved the modified facilities plan based on the following circumstances: