Three Weeks Until School: RPS Construction Update

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ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- In less than three weeks students in Rockford Public Schools will head back to class with some changes to their buildings.

Construction is ongoing for school additions, improvements and paving. The district says the paving should be done at almost all buildings by the first day of school, August 26th.

The student drop-off lane at Froberg Elementary will not be complete. It will be gravel, although parents will still be able to drive on it, at least until the actual paving happens, which could disrupt drop-off for a day or two.

"We're concerned and we're always looking for the safety and security of all the students so we're hoping that they'll have it fixed and ready to go by the first day of school, if they don't then we'll figure out how we can get kids safely in and out of the buildings," said Dawn Granath, president of the Rockford Education Association.

There is also some concern about the design of the addition at Guilford High School. Some Operations Committee members want the addition and existing building to flow together better and look like one unit. Committee members have asked to see other designs.

And there could be some more changes to this facilities project. Architectural design firm DLR Group presented its six -phase plan to the Operations Committee tonight. The company is double checking the district's plan to create school environments that produce the best educational outcomes. The analysis will take about nine months.

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