Rock Island School District

Local residents can help design some renovations and additions now being planned for  Rock Island High School. Wednesday night school officials will hold the first of three public Zoom meetings for comments and suggestions.

When the second quarter opens Monday for the Rock Island schools, students will do something they haven't done for 2 1/2 months - physically go to school. Classes have been held remotely for the district's 6,300 students since early August.

More than two months after the school year began, students in the Rock Island district will actually go to school for the first time. Since classes opened in August, students have been attending remotely, but many will report for in-person instruction beginning on Monday.

Rock Island School District

Students in the Rock Island schools could return to the classroom as early as Oct. 2, depending on the number of COVID-19 cases in the county. Roughly two-thirds of families surveyed are planning to send their kids back to school, at least a couple days a week, with one-third opting to continue remote learning. 

Students in the Rock Island School District will have to stay home and learn remotely for a while longer. On Monday, Superintendent Reginald Lawrence announced the schools will not re-open next week as he had hoped. 

When the new school year opens next month, students in the Rock Island schools will stay home. That was the decision Wednesday night by the school board, based on recommendations from Superintendent Reginald Lawrence.


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.


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.