A Big Year For School District 203

Last December, Naperville’s School District 203 announced plans redistrict, a motion that would shift seven percent of their students to different schools. This would be the start of several public forums and discussion.
Over a year ago, District 203’s Enrollment and Capacity Study Committee conducted research, and found that some schools were overcrowded, and others were under capacity.
The board then released a series of maps showing alternative boundaries for the district.
In March, the school board approved the first phase of the plan that immediately eliminated overcrowding at Mill and Beebe Elementary Schools by reassigning five different neighborhoods to new schools for the 2012-2013 academic year.

The board is now reconsidering its original plans to move forward with more changes, and is focusing on the positive outcomes of phase one.

Dan Bridges serves at District 203’s superintendent. “We are continuing to evaluate our facilities and our space and the enrollment as necessary and any changes that may need to occur, we would go back to review that enrollment and capacity study recommendation but make changes only if we thought they were necessary,” said Bridges.

The district now hopes to offer all-day kindergarten at seven of its schools. Following through with the program would cost the district roughly $1.3 million.

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