ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- New leaders will sit on the Rockford school board after voters go to the polls on April 9th.
Voters have high expectations for this new group since this election comes just when the Rockford School District is about to spend more than $100 million to upgrade buildings, as well as launch high school career academies.
That's why more than 40 neighbors showed up Wednesday night to New Zion Baptist Church. Voters say they wanted to get to know their candidate so they can put a face to the name and understand their stance on the issues before hitting the voting booth. This was a great chance; 11 out of the 12 people running turned up. Neighbors heard about issues close to their hearts, including transparency in school administration and the upcoming construction on Rockford schools.
“Our high school dropout rate is horrendous. I mean, it’s awful across the country but here in Rockford I think its one area we need to focus on,” says Gloria Cardenas Cudia. “And then just improving the overall educational system because of the way it affects our economy."
Four of the seven school board races are contested. In Subdistrict C, incumbent Ken Scrivano is being challenged by write in candidate Alice Saudargas.