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Community Forum Set to Discuss School Boundaries

Parents can address questions, concerns Feb. 8.

The following was provided by District 308.

The District 308 Boundary Committee has been hard at work developing plans to adjust school attendance boundaries for the 2012-13 school year and beyond. Members of the District 308 community are invited to attend a public forum at 7 p.m. on Feb. 8 in the Performing Arts Center (1525 Harvey Road, Oswego) to hear the committee’s boundary scenarios and provide feedback.

Following the forum, the committee will meet to review the comments and make any final adjustments to the proposed boundary scenarios before making a final presentation before the Board of Education at its February 13 meeting at 8:15 p.m. at Oswego East High School.

CLICK HERE TO FIND THREE BOUNDARY SCENARIOS THAT ARE CURRENTLY BEING DISCUSSED BY THE COMMITTEE.

Although growth in District 308 has slowed from what was anticipated during the 2006 referendum, the school district remains one of the few in the state to continue experiencing enrollment growth year after year. The influx of students in certain parts of the district has resulted in about half of the district’s schools being overcrowded.  

Two additions are being built onto both District 308 high schools to address overcrowding at that level; however, the enrollment still needs to be balanced between the two schools. There are similar enrollment issues at the elementary and junior high level, all of which play into where the district’s special programs can be located. In addition, transportation costs and requirements must also be added into the equation.

In order to address these concerns and find a reasonable, equitable and long-term solution, the superintendent of schools formed an Attendance Boundary Committee to develop new school boundaries for all grade levels to be implemented for the 2012-13 school year.

Information regarding the boundaries and the committee are posted on the district webpage (oswego308.org). In addition, emails regarding boundaries can be sent to the district at boundaries@oswego308.org.

ayar January 31, 2012 at 05:27 PM
John: Actually, some people were thinking in terms of splitting K-12, not splitting the high school and k-8 into different districts, but simply sending some k-8 and 1 HS school into the new district, and taxing to be done as a complete split. If 308 is *that* big and growing, maybe a split in half would be the way to go. Example: 308B gets OEHS, Bednarcik, Wolves Crossing into the "new" district with a couple of other schools, and have Joliet and Aurora areas go to it and be taxed by the "new" district. Oswego, Montgomery, Plainfield etc. gets OHS, Eastview, etc. to be part of 308A. Taxing for that district only. Keep the k-12 template. Make it an even split. Like an Amoeba. That's what we were wondering.
stacy February 03, 2012 at 06:03 PM
Can someone tell me what the plan is with Prescott mill? As far as I know it currently goes to Churchill.. but I cant tell if they are planning on moving that subdivision to another school or not??
John Graff February 03, 2012 at 07:58 PM
Stacy: No decision has been made relative to Churchill, but all Options are on the table. I would encourage you and all interested parties to attend the Community Forum next Wednesday.
TC February 04, 2012 at 11:13 PM
The are talking about taking all of the 68 children and moving then to Grande Park. This makes no sense. There are many schools closer and we are the only subdivision north of the natural boundary of Wolf Rd that is being sent south. All of the daycare places where we all have our children before and after school will not bus down to Grande Park because it is too far south. So this move will not only be difficult on our children fut will potentially cause a real financial/logistical problem for parents. Not only will children be uprooted from Churchill but will also need to be removed come their daycare. They will retain no sense of normality.
NN February 05, 2012 at 05:04 AM
Please correct me if I am wrong. I no longer see 3 options in the proposal. They seem to be moving the Elementary & Junior High children in the Prescott Mills community to Grand Park Elementary and Murphy Junior High respectively. This is a raw deal for the children from Prescott Mills especially when there are 4 elementary & 3 Junior High schools nearby. This doesn't make sense. Please include few geography teachers in the boundary committee.

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