ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- District 205 has come a long way in the last year and a half under a new administration, and come July, there will be a new superintendent, Dr. Ehren Jarrett.
Interim superintendent doctor Robert Willis is getting ready to hand the leadership reigns over to current assistant superintendent Dr. Ehren Jarrett. Jarrett will take over for Willis in July.
Business and community leaders got to hear about the direction Jarrett is taking Rockford Public Schools.
"We really want to ensure the community that we're really focused on the same direction with the readiness Rocks,” Jarrett said.
One of those Readiness Rocks initiatives is pre-school for all. The district served 600 more pre-school students this year. They've also brought back the 7th period, which is equivalent to 28 more days of instruction for middle and high schoolers.
"What's great to hear is the reinforcement of the strategic plan that's already in place, we don't need to shift directions every time we have a new superintendent comes in. We need a board that actively supports the plan and the message back to our superintendents that we want to see the plan carry itself out," said Einar Forsman, President/CEO of Rockford Chamber.
One plan being carried out is career academies, which is piloting at Jefferson high school. Principal Don Rundall says the plan could help students choose a path.
"A lot of kids say oh I'm gonna do, I'm going to be a doctor. But we have a lot of kids who say I don't know what I want to do," said Jefferson H.S. Principal, Don Rundall.
It seems most community members are on board with what Willis has started, and what Jarrett says he'll continue.
Jarrett also mentioned an ambitious goal, to try to budget 10 million dollars each year for building improvements.