With the anticipation of new homes and new students, the district is looking to modify attendance levels at elementary schools that are either at or near capacity.
The presented plan would send students from new housing developments on Naperville’s north side to enter Young, Kendall or Steck Elementary.
About 180 current students would move as well. Those from Ashton Pointe would shift from Brooks to Young Elementary and those residing in Brittany Springs and Carrollwood would switch from Watts to Owen Elementary. Fifth graders, however, would have the choice to remain at their existing school.
“We wanted to make changes to the elementary schools without impacting the middle and high schools, and we wanted to propose changes that would impact the least amount of students,” said Assistant Superintendent, Laura Devine-Johnston.
This would increase travel distance by up to seven miles, which raised some concerns by board members.
“I don’t want to do this every other year. I would kind of want to know, what’s our tipping point? What gets us to the point that says it’s time to look now so that we don’t have to transport kids on a 20-minute bus ride,” said Board Member, Michael Raczak.
Though the proposed changes are only at the elementary level, another consideration is the potential for future overcrowding at Granger Middle School and Metea Valley High School as they would eventually absorb those students.
But some board members are looking into other options.
“I think Still could easily absorb that enrollment and I think we put them on the track of Still, Waubonsie where they’re going into Waubonsie because Waubonsie will have approximately 600 less students than Metea,” said Board Member, Mark Rising.
Additional considerations include modular units, building additions onto schools and repurposing Indian Plains to be an elementary school. All of these options will be weight at a board workshop to be held before February 16 with the hopes of coming up with a solution to be implemented for the upcoming school year.
Naperville News 17’s Rachel Pierson reports.
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