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Board agrees with recommendation to keep boundaries in place for 2017-18

On Saturday, February 4, the Community Consolidated School District 89 Board of Education agreed with a recommendation by District administrators to further study boundary changes. The District will maintain the current boundaries for the 2017-18 school year, with a goal of proposing a solution for the 2018-19 school year.

For several months, the District has been studying how to manage the enrollment increases that are causing an imbalance in CCSD 89 school populations. On Feb. 1, CCSD 89 Superintendent Dr. Emily K. Tammaru, Board of Education President Mike Nelson, and Board Vice President Beth Powers met with community members to receive feedback and answer questions about a proposed boundary map. At that time, community members raised a number of concerns about the proposed boundary map.

Based on that feedback, prior to the February 4 meeting, Superintendent Tammaru recommended delaying any votes on the boundary proposal. Over the next year, the District will re-examine the enrollment proposals.

This year, the District has seen a significant increase in the number of students who are “administratively transferred” – meaning they are bused or driven to schools outside the boundaries where they live, to buildings that have open space. The District will now be looking at ways to minimize the number of students who are being moved through administrative transfers, or ways to restructure busing routes so fewer classroom minutes are affected next school year. There could be an additional cost to adding or restructuring bus routes.

The District will continue to communicate the steps in this process as it goes forward.