Rockton schools plan for growth

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ROCKTON - Rockton School District Superintendent Glenn Terry is planning for a brighter and bigger future for the northern Illinois district.

According to Terry, the district has seen sustained enrollment growth over the last few years, with significant growth to class sizes for K-2 students.

With the student growth, Terry said the district was preparing for an influx of 300 new students over the next five years, as current district enrollment sits at over 1,500.

K-2 enrollment for 2020 is the highest its been in seven years, according to enrollment data.

To coincide with the student growth, Terry said the district was monitoring home growth in the villages of Rockton and Roscoe as multiple subdivisions continue to grow.

According to previously approved development agreements with both Rockton and Roscoe, concentrated growth is expected to continue in the Denali Heights, Old River Hills and Stone Ridge subdivisions at varying phases of completion.

A total of up to 500 new homes could be added to the subdivisions in the coming years, Terry said, and he stressed the district is preparing for its bigger future.

"We are looking at things that are shovel in the ground and we are confident that we are going to have space issues," Terry said.

The district, which encompasses Rockton Grade School, Whitman Post Elementary and Stephen Mack Middle School, recently approved a facilities study to survey current buildings and determine the space still available, and when potential expansions might be needed.

Terry said the district was doing its due diligence before broaching the possibility of needing expanded facilities or new schools.

"This is the very first step to making those informed decisions," Terry said. "It means Rockton is a great community and great school district, and a place where families want to live."

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