Posted December 13, 2017 (8 p.m.)
Updated December 19, 2017
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To adjust school attendance zones to address various logistical, enrollment, staffing and transportation issues for the foreseeable future.
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
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.