New RPS 205 school being built

CHERRY VALLEY, Ill. (WIFR) -- It's the first new elementary school built in more than 20 years. Today marks the groundbreaking of RPS 205's new school site located in Cherry Valley.

The 86,000 square foot school will be located on Perryville just south of Harrison. It will serve students in Cherry Valley, White Swan, and Thompson Elementary school zones. According to RPS, some of the schools were nearly 100 years old.

RPS worked with Cherry Valley, the Rockford Park District and the county to obtain the land which was donated by the Swanson family.

RPS says the school has not been named yet. It's expected to open in the fall of 2018.