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Education

District 89 board to discuss elementary school boundary changes

The Community Consolidated School District 89 Board of Education will hear a presentation on potential changes to the 2018-19 elementary school boundaries at its meeting Oct. 16.

The board is scheduled to hear more about potential boundary changes in November and take action in December, according to a news release from the school district. The October, November and December board meetings will be at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria at Glen Crest Middle School, 725 Sheehan Ave., Glen Ellyn.

Before December, District 89 Superintendent Emily Tammaru will meet with the Parent-Teacher Councils at all five schools. In addition, there will be a community Q&A session at 7 p.m. Oct. 25 at Glen Crest.

At the Oct. 16 meeting, board members will be presented with a scenario that was the unanimous recommendation of the superintendent’s boundary committee, which is comprised of board members, a community member, and parents and staff from the four elementary schools, the release stated. This option emerged after district administrators reviewed dozens of potential scenarios and presented four scenarios to the boundary committee Sept. 18, according to the release.

The proposed boundary changes would move:

• International Village students from Park View to Arbor View

• Canterbury Woods students from Westfield to Arbor View

• Arboretum Estates students from Westfield to Arbor View

• Glen Park Estates students from Westfield to Arbor View

• Four preschool classrooms from Arbor View to Briar Glen

• One specialized classroom from Briar Glen to Westfield.

The proposal would move about 192 kindergarten through fifth-grade students and 90 preschool students, the release stated. Because of projected enrollment increases, the district is set to add 10.4 full-time teachers by the 2021-22 school year, according to the release.

The cumulative cost of adding those 10.4 staff members is $2.3 million. The proposed scenario would not require the district to hire any additional staff members beyond the 10.4 needed, the release stated.

A map and information about the potential boundary change scenario can be found at ccsd89.org/BoundaryProposal.

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