"The community seems to be getting behind us in terms of what we're trying to do."
And that community support has Rockford School Superintendent Dr. Robert Willis excited about the district's future.
"We're getting good, positive support from the business community recognizing that they've got investments with the schools being productive in terms of employees coming out ready for the workforce."
launched a number of programs to promote success at all levels. In addition,
"To build on the qualities that are necessary for success, character, integrity, the notion of going back to your community ...The notion of being part of the team, discipline."
Dr. Willis believes the key to district 205's success lies in a team approach.
"It has to be a total community embracing every child and saying we care about you. We're not gonna let you fail.
Dr. Willis says he's confident district 205 will prove urban districts can thrive and bring prosperity to the community.