School District 203’s efforts to redraw boundary lines have officially taken shape and are ready for public opinion. At the most recent meeting, administrators presented a new sixth map to a committee, which is a consolidation of five previous drafts.
The new plan would move more than 1,200 students, about 7% of the district’s total student body, including 819 elementary students, 124 junior high students and 261 high-schoolers.
The map represents efforts to balance enrollment among the schools and make space for additional educational programs.
“In terms of moving forward, we are confident that we have a map that meets the board’s criteria as well as the committee’s criteria,” said Dan Bridges, Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Education. “However we realize that any movement is disruptive and for many families, we’ll have to work with them and help them through this process.”
District staff are making it clear that this map is not a final proposal to go to the board and will likely modify the map according to the feedback
The committee will reconvene on February 15th.
The group hopes to bring a proposal to the board by the end of February so these changes can start being implemented as soon as next school year.
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