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Dist. 203 releases three possible boundary maps

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Naperville Unit District 203 on Friday released draft copies of three boundary maps being considered by its enrollment committee.

The maps are the first in the process to be developed solely by district officials and have, so far, been praised by committee members.

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The panel is charged with presenting a viable boundary plan to the school board that addresses enrollment disparities within the district's 22 schools. The plan must support neighborhood schools, maximize facility use, limit transportation changes and affect the fewest of about 17,420 students as possible.

Changes are necessary to alleviate overcrowding in some schools and low capacity in others, while preparing the district to implement academic changes such as full-day kindergarten and the nationwide Common Core curriculum.

The three alternatives include several similarities, but also some sharp contrasts.

Similarities among all three drafts at the elementary level are:

• 178 students from Beebe to Steeple Run, (112 from Plank Road Area and 66 from Peach Creek);

• 134 from Mill Street to Elmwood (111 from the northwest portion of Wiloway and 23 from West Branch);

• and 116 from the Green Trail East neighborhood of Steeple Run to Meadow Glen.

Similarities among junior high proposals are:

• 76 students from Jefferson to Lincoln (59 from the northwest portion of Wiloway and 17 from West Branch).

Similarities at the high school level are:

• 61 students from the northwest portion of the Wiloway neighborhood of Naperville North to Naperville Central;

• and 23 from the West Branch neighborhood from Naperville North to Naperville Central.

Each map also includes slight differences.

Map 1 would move 999 students, or 5.8 percent throughout the district. At the elementary level, Map 1 would move:

• 129 students from Highlands to Maplebrook (57 from Huntington Estates, 69 from Pembroke Commons and 3 from Oxford Lane north of 75th Street);

• 18 from the Collegewood neighborhood of Highlands to Meadow Glen;

• and 63 from the Naper and Maple area of Steeple Run to Prairie.

Map 1, at the junior high level would move:

• 66 students from Kennedy to Lincoln (24 from Huntington Estates, 40 from Pembroke Commons and 2 from Oxford Lane north of 75th Street);

• and 20 from the Naper and Maple area of Kennedy to Washington.

Map 1, at the high school level would move:

• 199 students from Naperville North to Naperville Central (61 from Wiloway, 23 from West Branch, 59 from Huntington Estates, 47 from Pembroke Commons and 9 from Oxford Lane north of 75th Street).

Map 2 would move 978 students or 5.7 percent across the district. At the elementary level Map 2 would move:

• 158 students from Highlands to Maplebrook (46 from Huntington Estates, 58 from Green Trails, 22 from Knolls of Huntington and 32 from Huntington Ridge);

• 18 from Highlands' Collegewood neighborhood to Meadow Ridge;

• and 63 from the Naper and Maple area of Steeple Run to Prairie.

At the junior high level, Map 2 moves:

• 20 students from Kennedy to Washington.

At the high school level, Map 2 moves:

• 215 students from Naperville North to Naperville Central (61 from Wiloway, 23 from West Branch, 38 from Huntington Estates, 48 from Green Trails, 18 from Knolls of Huntington and 27 from Huntington Ridge.

Map 3 would move 1,033 students or 6 percent across the district. At the elementary level Map 3 would move:

• 158 students from Highlands to Maplebrook (46 from Huntington Estates, 58 from Green Trails, 22 from Knolls of Huntington and 32 from Huntington Ridge);

• 18 from Highlands' Collegewood neighborhood to Meadow Ridge

• and 90 from Kingsley's Heritage Creek neighborhood to River Woods

At the junior high level, Map 3 moves:

• 48 students from Lincoln's Heritage Creek neighborhood to Madison

At the high school level, Map 3 moves:

• 215 students from Naperville North to Naperville Central (61 from Wiloway, 23 from West Branch, 38 from Huntington Estates, 48 from Green Trails, 18 from Knolls of Huntington and 27 from Huntington Ridge).

All three maps and supporting documents are available online at http://www.naperville203.org/about/CapacityReportsMaps.asp#capacitymaps.

The enrollment committee will meet again Jan. 18 to continue its review of the maps. Superintendent Mark Mitrovich said he expects the committee will give the board of education a status update on Jan. 23.

Public meetings are expected to be held in the district's junior high schools, beginning Jan. 30 and the board hopes to approve a boundary plan on Feb. 21.

The district will need to approve boundary changes by March if it wants to implement changes for the 2012-2013 school year.

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