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RPS board seeks community feedback

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- The Rochester Public Schools (RPS) Board had its first meeting Tuesday night since secondary students returned to the classroom.

One big topic of discussion was the boundary committee's report on its options for creating new school boundaries within the district. This after the March 17 committee meeting to finalize options for the new boundaries. The updated boundaries are needed with the additional schools being built following the 2019 referendum passage.

A survey will be sent out on Wednesday morning with a video and link attached to show district families these new options. The committee is asking all survey responses be returned by April 20. From there, the committee will narrow down the options before making final recommendations to the board at a later meeting.

The new boundary changes once approved will take effect for the 2022-2023 school year.

"This is exciting. Boundary adjustments are emotional. It's exciting too," said RPS Board Chair Jean Marvin.

The board is also seeking community feedback on several other items.

A survey already out about hiring an interim superintendent closes on April 12.

The board is also sending out another survey as early as Wednesday morning about school resource officers and the community's feelings about them. That survey will expire on April 19.

The last topic the board plans to survey district members about is gauging interest in the new online school option for students.

Parents with students in any grade level will be asked whether they prefer in-person or online learning for their children. The survey will also have an undecided option.

However, board members noting survey fatigue, said the online school survey won't be sent out until later this year.

Zach Fuller

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