Rockridge to discuss possible cutbacks


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Posted Online: Jan. 14, 2013, 10:53 pm
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By Kelly Steiner, ksteiner@qconline.com
The Rockridge School Board is planning a public meeting on Jan. 30 to discuss possible cuts to staff, teachers, administrators, extracurricular activities and programs.

The meeting will address financial issues and budget cuts, and community members will be able to ask questions and voice concerns.

There is $6,223,000 in the fund balances, with 5 percent more revenues than expenditures. But Superintendent Chester Lien said he expects that to turn around soon, putting the district into a deficit.

The district is adapting a common core standard and transferring to the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC. Board members were told test scores could go down because of the test difficulty level of 20 percent in math and 16 percent in English/language arts. The tests also could mean a change to an integrated math program for grades 6 through 12.

In other news, the board:

* Approved the retirement of Reynolds fourth-grade teacher Karen Ide at the end of the 2016-2017 school year.

* Honored Genna Flaherty as the Rockridge Milan Area Rotary Student of the Month and Colton Martinez as the Illinois City Elementary Citizen of the Month.

* Approved the Moline School District's withdrawal from the Black Hawk Area Special Education District.

* Approved changes to the Rockridge High School course description book, including the addition of three sections of a visual art class.

* Approved a request to look into custodial and maintenance contracting services.


















 



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