All About Rochester
Rochester is a multi-faceted community, a village that has retained its small-town charm and friendly atmosphere despite being located only a few miles from a metropolitan area.
What began as a farming community more than a hundred years ago is now one of the fastest growing areas in central Illinois.
Located seven miles from the state capitol of Springfield and connected by a four-lane highway, Rochester offers the benefits of a small town with the conveniences of a larger city nearby.
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Parks and Recreation
Located on the northwest side of the village is the Rochester Community Park, erected and operated by the Village of Rochester. The late 1990s saw massive expansion on the park, with the addition of a lighted ballfield, multiple soccer fields, and the Friendship Fort, a massive play-structure built in 1998. The park hosts many village events, including “Sparks In The Park”, an annual Independence Day festival with vendors, entertainment, a carnival, and a parade. Spanning three days, the event attracts not only the citizens of Rochester, but visitors from the surrounding areas as well.
Rochester is the southeastern end of the Lost Bridge Trail, a 5.0-mile (8.0 km) trail built by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) atop an abandoned railbed formerly used by the Baltimore and Ohio (B&O) railroad. It is operated jointly by IDNR and the Village of Rochester. The trail crosses the South Fork of the Sangamon River near Rochester, and crosses Sugar Creek near Springfield. Sugar Creek carries the outflow from Lake Springfield, a sizable nearby reservoir. The Lost Bridge trail name recalls IDOT’s failure to prevent salvagors affiliated with the B&O from dismantling the Sugar Creek bridge for scrap.
IDOT future plans include extending the trail to Taylorville, Illinois along the same railroad bed, and this was partly realized in a recent extension from the trail’s original end at State Rte. 29 and N. Main St., across Rochester, to just past the intersection of State Rte. 29 and State St. (source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rochester,_Illinois#Parks_and_recreation)
Education in Rochester
About Rochester Educational System
Rochester’s schools are part of District 3A, headed by district superintendent Dr. Thomas Bertrand. The district lists its enrollment at 2,322 students for the 2015-2016 year.
The High School lists 785 students for the 2015-2016 school year and the principal is Brent Ashbaugh, the assistant principal is Cassy Carey. The activities director is J R Boudouris. Rochester High School teachers on average make $48,052, while administrators make $87,488 on average with a 13:1 student:staff ratio.
Rochester High School students, along with the rest of the state, are no longer required as part of the state’s standardized testing program. The PARCC is the new standard for the state and in the first year of testing 91.9% of all freshmen are on track to graduate (Illinois statewide is 82.4%) and in 2016 Rochester had an overall graduation rate of 99% (94% in 4 years) as compared to the state rate of 86%.
Construction on a new wing to the high school began in July 2005, and was finished in August 2006. Demolition of the old Rochester Junior High building also took place in the summer of 2006, and junior high students occupied most of the new wing until the new junior high facility was fully completed. A new auditorium was also being constructed for the district, and it was scheduled to be completed in early 2007. The new junior high facility was completed by January 2008. The new auditorium was completed in time for the spring musical, The Wizard of Oz, in 2008. (source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rochester,_Illinois#Schools)
History of Rochester:
Rochester is rich in history!
According to Dr. David P. Johnson, of the American College of Heraldry, who researched and designed the Village`s Coat of Arms, the name Rochester can be traced to one of three sources. All three of these sources are found in Great Britain.
According to Dr. Johnson`s research, all cities, villages and towns throughout the world, were named after either one of the two great Rochester families of Great Britain or thet were named after the city of Rochester, located in County Kent, England.
It is known Whether Rochester, Illinois was named after the city or family.
During his research Dr. Johnson also discovered that the name Rochester refers to a fortified “bridge”, from the old english word “hrof: meaning roof or bridge and the Latin word “castra” meaning fortified military camp. In the text of The Veneable Bede (C.730)the original city of Rochester was called Hrofoecoestre. (source: http://rochesteril.org/Websites/rochesteril/images/documents/2016/Coat%20of%20ARms%20Backgroud%20Research.pdf)
Check out Rochester’s Neighborhood
Rochester is a very small village located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 3,779 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Rochester is the 388th largest community in Illinois.
Rochester is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The village’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Rochester’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the country, making it one of the safest places to raise a family.
Rochester is a small village, and as such doesn’t have a public transit system that people use to get to and from their jobs every day. (source: https://www.neighborhoodscout.com/il/rochester/)
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