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Rockford School District 205 is a school district in Illinois covering about 170 sq. miles of east-central Illinois including the city of Rockford. It contains 48 school buildings, including 5 high schools and 6 alternative schools. Student enrollment is approximately 27,000.[1]

Budget

The Rockford School District 205's budget is published on its website.[2]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2009-2010 $242,456,318 64.5% $20,848,408 5.5% $38,091,645 10.1% $12,725,830 3.4% $25,660,666 6.8% $376,064,213
2010-2011 $247,148,838 64.9% $25,901,881 6.8% $37,079,487 9.7% $6,216,914 1.6% $29,434,855 7.7% $380,862,606
2011-2012 $223,814,092 58.9% $24,437,132 6.4% $38,470,725 10.1% $13,219,122 3.5% $45,505,452 12% $379,681,886
2012-2013 $244,480,196 60.6% $27,070,361 6.7% $43,039,386 10.7% $13,258,284 3.3% $35,145,626 8.7% $403,143,625
2013-2014 $248,390,632 57.3% $27,284,849 6.3% $37,471,354 8.6% $44,537,359 10.3% $32,689,030 7.5% $433,440,711
Averages: $241,258,015.2 61% $25,108,526.2 6% $38,830,519.4 10% $17,991,501.8 5% $33,687,125.8 9% $394,638,608.2

Website evaluation

See also: Evaluation of Illinois school district websites


In 2011 Township High School District 211 earned a Sunny Awards for having a perfect website transparency score.

This website was most recently evaluated on Feb. 12, 2013

The good

  • Elected Officials
    • The Board of Education members are listed including contact information.[3]
    • A separate link exists regarding Board elections and helpful links for prospective candidates.[4]
  • Meetings
  • A meeting calendar is posted. [5]
    • The Board’s meeting minutes are published by date.[6]
      • Minutes are archived to 2007. [7]
    • Live RPS Stream and schedule that feeds some meeting minutes.[8]
    • Board policies listed and broken down based on the application to certain groups of individuals.[9]
  • Budget
    • The current budget is published.[10]
    • Budgets are archived to 2008.
  • Audits
    • Audit information is posted.[11]
    • Audits are archived to 2008.
  • Contracts
    • Contract awards published and include awarded contractor, value and description of the project.[12]
    • Employee contracts are posted. [13]
  • Public Records
    • FOIA page is easily accessible and has a FAQ section and links to get started on a request.[14]
  • Academics
    • District academic reports are posted. [15]
    • School District Report Card is published.[16]
  • Administration
    • Administration contact information is posted. [17]

The bad

  • Background Checks
    • Information on employee background checks is not posted.

School Board Members

School members are elected.[18]

Rockford In the News

  • The Rockford Public School District received $3.3 million on July 28, 2011 for wireless internet access in every classroom, 600 smart boards, projectors, and speakers, 800 corresponding wireless slates, 2500 desktop computers and 170 visual presenters. These grants funded by Title I, IIA, IID, and IDEA.[19]
  • On July 29, 2011, President of the School Board writes an editorial publicizing the improvements Rockford School District has made in the last three months.[20]

References

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