Rockford’s 5th-graders move to middle school campus fall of 2014

The Rockford Area School Board received a building space capacity study at a board meeting in August. The study addressed efficient use of district class space.

The timing and findings of the study are particularly relevant with the facilities improvements and remodeling that are underway. The study, and options regarding space and capacity, were discussed at a board workshop in October, and placed on the Oct. 21 board meeting agenda. After some additional discussion, the board voted 6-0 to approve two significant changes.

In 2014, the district’s fifth-grade class — now housed at Rockford Elementary Arts Magnet School — will be moved to the Rockford Middle School – Center for Environmental Studies campus. Class configuration in relation to the three district buildings, beginning with the 2014-15 school year, would be: REAMS, kindergarten through grade four; RMS-CES, grades five through eight, and Rockford High School, grades nine through 12 (no change).

In addition, the board took action that would allow architects working on the infrastructure project to relocate the district office (now located on the RMS-CES campus) to accommodate the additional students, as well as the boardroom if necessary.

The board also voted to accept the bids for the RMS-CES infrastructure upgrades and to award the project to KUE Construction for a total bid of $4.23 million.

The board took likewise action in regard to bids for the high school commons and infrastructure upgrades, awarding the project to Rochon Corporation for a total bid amount of $8.05 million.

Both upgrade projects were bid thousands of dollars lower than previous projections indicated, and Superintendent Paul Durand stated that district’s construction plans, which bundle projects on specific sites to maximize efficiency, was contributing to the savings the district was experiencing with the lower bids.

Several of the outdoor and grounds projects are near completion, including the track and field reconstruction, phase one of the upper field improvements and parking lot reconstruction.

A complete list of planning and construction progress can be viewed on the district’s website, (district page, bond pledge button).



Rockford Activity Director Dan Pratt, told the board that the Winter Sports Meeting would be held at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4, at the high school. A casual hot dog meal will be served at 5 p.m. , and registration help will be available. At 7 p.m., there will be a NCAA eligibility seminar for junior and senior athletes.

Student-athletes must register with the NCAA Eligibility Center to be eligible to play NCAA Division I or II sports in college. The eligibility center certifies prospective college athletes as eligible by reviewing student-athlete academic records and amateur status for conformity with NCAA rules. Students must be cleared by the Eligibility Center before receiving athletic scholarships.

Notable upcoming district events include the grade four Spotlight Concert, Nov. 7, Rockford High School; Marching Band Concert, Nov. 7, RHS; RHS musical (“Bye, Bye Birdie”), 7 p.m. Nov. 14 and 15, and 2 p.m. Nov. 16, RHS; Family Fun Night (grades three through five), 6:30 p.m., REAMS; Family Fun Night (kindergarten through grade two), 6:30 p.m., REAMS.

The next regular meeting of the Rockford Area School Board is at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18, in the district boardroom located in the lower level of RMS-CES.