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updated: 1/19/2012 5:53 PM

Dist. 203 unveils two more boundary maps

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Naperville Unit District 203 has released the two newest drafts of potential boundary maps being studied by its enrollment and capacity committee.

Committee members received the maps and offered suggestions on them during a lengthy workshop Wednesday night before the district put them up on its website Thursday afternoon.

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The committee previously studied three maps that proposed moving from 978 to 1,033 students to different schools. Finance Director Dave Zager said suggestions from an earlier committee meeting triggered some of the changes in the new maps.

"We read a lot of suggestions and tried to incorporate and blend them into these maps," he said.

The new map 4, proposes moving a total of 1,042 students, including 711 elementary school students, 124 junior high school students and 207 high school students.

Map 5 proposes moving 1,051 students, including 728 elementary school students, 124 junior high school students and 199 high school students.

Committee members said they need more time to study all five maps before they're ready to make a proposal to the school board.

The district formed the committee that 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, district officials say, are necessary to alleviate overcrowding at Beebe and Mill Street schools and low capacity in others, while preparing the district to implement academic changes such as full-day kindergarten, dual-language immersion programs and the nationwide Common Core curriculum.

The committee will give the board a status update Monday and meet again within the next two weeks to finalize its decision and set dates for public meetings to discuss the recommendation.

The maps are available online at naperville203.org/assets/DraftMap4.pdf and naperville203.org/assets/DraftMap5.pdf.

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