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Education

District 89 approves new boundaries to address increasing enrollment

Board members approve phased-in approach

In the face of steady enrollment growth over the last five years, Community Consolidated School District 89 has approved redrawing its elementary school boundaries for the 2018-19 school year. Officials said too many students are currently zoned to go to Park View Elementary School in Glen Ellyn.
In the face of steady enrollment growth over the last five years, Community Consolidated School District 89 has approved redrawing its elementary school boundaries for the 2018-19 school year. Officials said too many students are currently zoned to go to Park View Elementary School in Glen Ellyn.

GLEN ELLYN – The Community Consolidated School District 89 Board of Education on Dec. 18 approved new elementary school boundaries for the 2018-19 school year.

Board members unanimously approved a phased-in approach to the boundary change so students currently enrolled in the district can finish elementary school at the building they now attend. The new boundaries are designed to better balance enrollments and help the district plan for future growth, according to a news release from District 89.

The new boundaries move four neighborhoods, the district’s preschool and one specialized academic classroom, which was the recommendation of the district’s boundary committee.

With the new boundaries, future International Village, Canterbury Woods, Arboretum Estates and Glen Park Estates students will attend Arbor View. Preschool classrooms will move from Arbor View to Briar Glen. One specialized classroom will move from Briar Glen to Park View.

“I appreciate the board making a fiscally sound decision that minimizes the impact on students and will be sustainable in the long term,” Superintendent Emily Tammaru said in the release. “We are so appreciative of the many families who shared their time and insights as we worked through an important process.”

After administrators reviewed dozens of scenarios, the phased-in proposal was selected as the most fiscally responsible way to move the fewest number of 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. The approved changes would not require the district to hire any additional staff members beyond the 10.4 needed, according to the release.

Any new students enrolling in the district for the 2018-19 school year will attend the building designated by the new boundaries. Students who are currently enrolled in kindergarten through fourth grade will remain in the school they currently attend until they are promoted to Glen Crest Middle School, the release stated.

Any District 89 parent, including those affected by the boundary change, can apply for an “open boundary” request to change the school their student attends. Open boundary requests will be accepted at the student’s current school starting at 8 a.m. May 9.

Applications for open boundary requests will not be accepted before 8 a.m. May 9. The requests will be time stamped. Open boundary requests must be submitted before 8 a.m. May 23.

The requests are evaluated based on the available space in each building and family circumstances, according to the release. Families who would have students in more than one elementary school because of boundary changes will receive consideration, but it is not guaranteed their open-boundary request will be granted.

If an open-boundary request is granted, parents would have to provide transportation and siblings would not be guaranteed a spot in the same school, the release stated.

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