According to the Rockford Register Star, the Rockford School District has developed a cleanliness rating system for its schools. The rating system was designed to keep cleaning contractors on track and avoid cleaning problems such as those the schools have faced in the past.

School board officials were quick to assign the rating system after coming under public scrutiny for initially hiring the cleaning contractors and laying off longtime district employees, then realizing that the contractors were doing a poor job in many of the schools.

The rating system is based on four points. Excellent conditions, meaning "work was completed thoroughly and shows diligence," earns a 4; above average, 3; average, 2; below average, 1. A poor inspection receives zero points. It is expected that the schools will be inspected on an average of 9.6 times each semester.

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