Boundary changes for 2018-19 school year
In 2016, Community Consolidated School District 89 began a conversation about how to better balance the enrollment at the four elementary schools.
Over the last five years, the District has seen a steady increase in enrollment. In the 2012-13 school year, there were 1,968 students enrolled at the four elementary and one middle school in CCSD 89. Five years later, there were 2,192 students in those same schools to start the year – an 11-percent increase. A demographer estimates that this population increase will continue.
These increases have created imbalanced school populations. The district has enough space to educate all the children in the district, but not in the way the boundaries are currently aligned. Park View Elementary School has significantly more students in its boundaries than will fit in the school. Currently, the district balances the school populations through administrative transfer busing - moving students to schools outside their boundaries. What started as a small program is now busing more than 100 students daily.
In October of 2017, the Board of Education was presented with a proposal to adjust the school boundaries. The Board was also presented with a phase-in option, which would allow current K-5 CCSD 89 students to stay in their elementary school until they are promoted to middle school. The Board approved the phased-in boundaries at its regular meeting on December 18, 2017.
Learn more about boundaries:
- News item: CCSD 89 Board approves phased-in boundary changes for 2018-19 school year
- A map of the current boundaries is available here
- A map of the 2018-19 boundaries can be found here
- A summary of the "phased-in" boundary proposal can be found here
- The demographic trends and enrollment projections report can be read here
- The agendas, minutes and documents related to the Enrollment and Boundary committees can be found here