ROCKFORD – Nine Rockford schools will get additional resources to help administrators deal with discipline and truancy problems and a lack of parent involvement.
Officials with the Rockford School District 205 said the schools are in what they’re calling a neighborhood empowerment zone. That’s a part of Rockford with high crime rates and a higher volume of 911 calls.
Officials said more than 90 percent of students at the schools also are economically disadvantaged and qualify for free or reduced lunch rates.
The Rockford Register Star reported that the district plans to give the schools more staff, including a full-time intervention specialist at each.
Assistant Superintendent Martha Hayes said the goal is to change student behavior and ultimately boost student achievement.