Redistricting and Resigning

For the first time in 20 years, the district 203 school board voted to move forward with redistricting.

Over the past five months, a group called the Enrollment & Capacity Study Committee has helped the administration develop a plan to move students among the schools to balance student populations and make space available for future programming.

At the latest board meeting, Superintendent Mark Mitrovich recommended that a redistricting plan be carried out in two phases.

The first would re-assign more than 500 total students among the Wil-O-Way, Peach Creek, Plank Road area east of Naper Blvd, and Green Trails East subdivisions. That’s the bare minimum needed for a short-term fix to overcrowded schools…

“We feel that phase 1 will fulfill the reductions at Mill and Beebe that would need,” said Mitrovich.

While phase two would move additional students, including more than 260 from Naperville North to Naperville Central High school, to further reduce class size and make space for extra programming, like all-day-kindergarten.

“Phase two will allow for a more deliberate approach in a transition plan for the remaining reassignments,” Mitrovich added.

The board approved of phase 1 to take effect next school and decided to hold off voting on phase two until at least next year, which they say wouldn’t take effect until at least the 2013/2014 school year.

“I was glad to see that they kind of phased the capacity and that they only voted on the first half of it,” said Barb Vetter, a district 203 parent.

“I think the community has been through a lot with the potential redistricting,” said another parent, Mike Crossett. “Having said that, I think there’s still some work that needs to be done, especially for all-day kindergarten, which could change the dynamics of the capacity study.”

Dr. Mitrovich ended the meeting with his official resignation, offering little details why except that it was a personal decision…

“To the families who entrust their children to us and show their faith in the schools and the leadership and for being true partners to us, this is an amazing group of people,” he said. “This is a remarkable district and community and I think you for the time that I’ve been able to serve you.”

Though Mitrovich faced much opposition from parents over the last several months for redistricting efforts, some say the announcement caught them off-guard.

“Definitely it was a shock,” said Vetter. “I mean he was atching a lot of flack. I know there were petitions going around when this first started, calling for his resignation. I honestly admire Dr. Mitrovich. I think he’s done a great job as Superintendent here.”

“This is something that’s going to be felt for a long time,” said Naveen Michael. “I was always very excited about the innovative processes he brought to our district and just the level of academia that he brings and I think that’s going to be very tough to fill.

Mitrovich became district 203’s superintendent in 2009. His resignation takes effect June 30th.

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