Rock Island School District

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Thanks to voter approval of the local option sales tax, the Rock Island School District is fixing up its buildings. Wednesday district officials cut a ribbon to celebrate improvements at Earl Hanson Elementary School.

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.

Property taxes could go down slightly next year for some residents of the Rock Island School District. 

This week, Chief Financial Officer Bob Beckwith presented his proposed property tax levy and tax rate. He's recommending a tax rate of $5.35 per $100  assessed value, or about two cents lower than this year.

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Enrollment is growing in the Rock Island schools, and for the first time in decades, the budget is balanced. That's according to Superintendent Reginald Lawrence during his first State of the Schools Address Tuesday to a joint meeting of the Kiwanis and Rotary Clubs.

Thanks to the state, and local shoppers, the new budget for the Rock Island School District will be balanced, with even a small surplus. After a public hearing Tuesday night, the board of education approved a $71 million budget for the new school year. 

Enrollment in the Rock Island schools will be stable for a couple of years, but then start falling. Tuesday night, the board of education discussed the latest five-year projections for the district.

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Rock Island School District  Superintendent, Dr. Mike Oberhaus, will go to work for the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce. Today, the chamber announced it's hired Oberhaus as its new Vice President of Finance and Administration. He already announced his retirement next summer.

Rock Island School District

One of the top administrators for the Milwaukee schools will be the next superintendent for the Rock Island School District. Friday the board of education announced the hiring of Doctor Reginald Lawrence - he will replace Mike Oberhaus who's retiring next summer.

This week, residents of the Rock Island School District can help choose the next superintendent. Three open forums will be held for people to talk about "the qualities and characteristics" they think are most important.

Residents of the Rock Island School District can help find a new superintendent. The district has posted a survey on its website, asking for the background and abilities they value most.

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