Construction updates for Rockford Schools

The Rockford Area Schools Board of Education, District 883, opened its first meeting regular school board meeting with seasoned members in attendance. Results from the November election reseated the three incumbents with seats expiring at the end of 2012. The members hold these offices: Ted Botten, Board Chair; Todd Anderson, Board Vice Chair; Chuck Tryon, Board Clerk; Kris Abrahamson, Board Treasurer; Peter Grimm and Kathy Smith, Board Directors.



Rockford Elementary Arts Magnet School Principal, Brenda Petersmeyer, reported to the board that “I Love to Read” Month, February, will have many fun reading activities for student to take part it.

A Grade 5 Spotlight Concert will be hosted as the school on Feb. 11 at 6:30 p.m.

Also, returning to REAMS is author and artist Gary Harbo who spent time with students last year teaching drawing. He will now work this them on more advanced illustration techniques.



Amy Denneson, Rockford Middle School – Center for Environmental Studies (RHS-CES) highlighted new staff advisory councils in her report. They consist of a STEM Integration Advisory Committee, a Scheduling and Facilities Advisory Committee, and a School Culture and Climate Advisory Committee.

In other news at RMS-CES, Denneson told the board that in preparation of History Day, Feb. 26, 30 seventh grade students will visit the Wilson Library at the University to conduct research.

Students in grades six to eight will participate in a “Battle of the Books” event on Feb. 13.

It was also noted that a new school store will be opening of Friday morning beginning in Feb.



The Rockford High School Principal’s Report, prepared by RHS Principal Ryan Jensen, noted that students in grades 9 to 11 would be making course selections for the 2013-14 school year from Feb. 13 to 15.

And, the RHS School Faculty Senate is continuing work on a concept to create a “STEAM” curriculum, which would combine key elements of a STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) program and arts infused learning with core principles.



The board also had, for review, a project update.

Future Under Construction is a report that outlines the phases of construction and repair the district is planning, as well as what’s been accomplished to date, funding the projects through the recently approved bond. Full monthly reports are available on the district’s web site,, (go to “Bond Pledge”) but highlights (and up to date information) include:

• The selection by the Rockford Area Schools Project Oversight Committee of DeVetter Design Group with LSE Architects as the designer/architect for the upcoming projects.

• Identifying a roofing design consultant.

• Proposals for the installation of a new boiler at the elementary school, and plans regarding repairs related to the boiler systems in the middle and high school.

• The itemization of exterior envelope work for wall buildings.


The next regular meeting of the Rockford School Board is Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 6:30 p.m. at the District Board Room, located in the lower level of the middle school.