RPS Facility Plan is Open for Suggestions

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- District 205 began its 10 year facility upgrades last summer with projects starting at most of the 47 schools and now district leaders want to hear from parents and teachers if they're moving in the right direction.

The DLR Group, the architectural design firm in charge of the discussion, says that the way a student learns in the classroom is changing

They believe in the coming future teachers will take a more hands-on approach with their students.

During today's forum, they spoke about how to effectively get the most out of the space used and how to be efficient with money spent.

One attendee believes more needs to be done to get students ready for the workplace immediately after high school.

"I want to make sure that the kids are engaged in their time at school so they're ready for a career choice so they're successful and the company can make money with those students, kind of a combination," said John Ekberg, a volunteer at Jefferson High School. "We want the kids to be successful and the companies to be successful so having the right facilities for our school system is critical for that."

The DLR Group says that with the high schools having their career academies, District 205 wants the group to look more at what improvements and renovations can be made at its 27 elementary schools.

District 205 will take the input from these meetings and come up with a proposal of what specifically to change this summer.

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