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R.I. School District Listen and Learn Tour

Rock Island School District

Residents of the Rock Island School District are being asked to help write a new strategic plan for their schools. This fall, Superintendent Reginald Lawrence held three public meetings, and a survey can be filled out on the district's website.

He says results so far include a lot of positive comments about diversity.

"It prepares our children for real life, the real world - because they get a chance to work with students from different backgrounds and different ethnicities. They see them, they work with them, and they cope with them each and every day, so they definitely feel that the diversity piece is a strength."

And there've been many compliments for teachers and staff.

But Doctor Lawrence says there are many "concerns" as well, including class size and the condition of the district's schools.

"They'd like to see more done for our buildings. They want to make sure the maintenance is done. They want to make sure there's bright lighting in all buildings. They want to make sure all of our students have access to all the same programs, not just sports."

Survey responders also want Rock Island High School to offer more options for students, especially those who may not go to college.

The online survey will be available for a couple more weeks, then he hopes to report on the results early next year. The results will also be included in the next strategic plan for the Rock Island School District. 

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.