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Proposed Attendance Zone Changes

Posted December 13, 2017 (8 p.m.)

Updated December 19, 2017

COMMENTS?

Community members can email the Board of Education directly (attendancezones@psd202.org), and/or comment publicly at any of the Board of Education's public meetings (January 8 and 22, 2018).

The Board is expected to vote on January 22, 2018.

OUR CHALLENGE

To adjust school attendance zones to address various logistical, enrollment, staffing and transportation issues for the foreseeable future.

THE SOLUTION

Over the last two years, District 202 administration has studied enrollment shifts, housing patterns and projected residential growth in the seven communities we serve.

Based on that information, District 202 Administration has recommended these Proposed Attendance Zone Adjustments.

KEY POINTS ABOUT THE ADMINISTRATIVE RECOMMENDATION

  • Moves only about 280 current elementary students in eight of the 17 elementary schools:
    • Meadow View, Wesmere, Walker's Grove, Grand Prairie, River View, Crystal Lawns, Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson
  • Takes effect in Fall 2018
  • Does NOT affect Middle and High School assignments
  • Creates elementary enrollments of between 531 and 692 students at 14 of the 17 elementary schools. (Crystal Lawns, Grand Prairie and Walker's Grove are all smaller schools with lower enrollments)
  • Makes geographic sense
  • Yields optimal space for special education, English Language Learners and Honors programs
  • Allows for anticipated steady growth to be absorbed without additional major attendance zone changes for the foreseeable future

BACKGROUND

District 202 experienced tremendous growth between 1990 and 2008. In that period, 25 schools opened and student enrollment ballooned from 3,500 to nearly 30,000 students.

The District adjusted school attendance zones almost annually to help manage the many logistical, enrollment, staffing and transportation challenges created by that growth.

Then, in 2008, the Great Recession came. The growth stopped.

The district made a few minor adjustments to school attendance zones during the Recession to tweak and balance enrollments as needed, but large-scale attendance zone adjustments were no longer required.

Now, nearly 10 years later, District 202’s enrollment has shrunk by about 2,000 students. As well, the students who started school here 10 years ago as elementary students are now in middle and high school. Attendance and enrollment patterns have significantly shifted, which has once again created major logistical, staffing, enrollment and transportation challenges.

These current challenges required a new, system-wide attendance zone review and proposal.

TIMELINE 

  • January 8, 2018 -- Regular Board of Education meeting. Community members may comment during "Public Comments"
  • January 22, 2018 -- Regular Board of Education meeting. Community members may comment during "Public Comments." The Board is expected to vote on the Administrative Recommendation at this meeting.