Tax payers still have many questions for the Rockford Public School district, like why are they shutting down current elementary schools, but building million dollar additions, like at Auburn high school, which will be done in the fall. It is going to be a $13 million dollar sports complex. Vaugn said those are unreasonable funds “Made it all these years without it, put the money back into the children.”
Westholder understands parent’s frustrations, and recalls the last time the district closed down schools. “In the last process, they asked a lot of questions, I hope that it will happen again. We need proactivity about what are going to be the negative unintended consequences, what is the true impact on what segments of our community.”
District leaders say the plan to close and consolidate schools is in the best interest of students, but others in the community want to see the data supporting that. “I have questions about where we are closing schools, why are we closing schools there, I have questions about why we are moving the gifted program out of the newly renovated school that we spent an excess of 1.5 million revamping.” Said Westholder.