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Rockford District 205 Wants to Close as Many as 9 Elementary Schools

News conference on Monday will begin process towards consolidating elementary schools across district.
ROCKFORD -- Rockford school officials will hold a news conference Monday to discuss plans that could lead to the closing of as many as 9 schools in the district.

While the process is just beginning and no final determinations have been made, the three options presented in a brochure made available on Friday show some specific schools are being targeted for closure.  Elementary schools such as West View, Walker, Dennis, King, Kishwaukee, Thompson, Cherry Valley, Nelson and White Swan could be targeted for closure and/or demolition depending on which one of three plans was chosen.  Early education would also shrink from 10 sites to 4 sites, and Montessori Pre K-8 would be moved to Marsh. 

The district says the changes are needed to cut costs and improve educational resources by creating fewer, larger elementary schools.  The planning document is attached above.  No teacher or staff layoffs are planned, and closures would not happen until after the 2014-2015 school year.

A final decision is expected in June according to a timeline presented by the district.

The news conference will be held Monday at 9:30am.  'Eyewitness News' will have reaction to the plan Friday and will have more details after the news conference on Monday.
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