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D-47 considers boundary changes to ease crowding

Shifts, if approved, would affect 49 students

Published: Friday, March 8, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

CRYSTAL LAKE – District 47 officials are considering boundary changes to ease crowding at one of its elementary schools.

The shift, if approved by the school board, would move 49 children from Canterbury Elementary School to either Coventry or Indian Prairie.

A recent study by district administration found that there are space issues at Canterbury, prompting the district to consider redrawing boundaries. The district as a whole has reported declining enrollment.

“[Canterbury] is not in line with the overall trend in the district,” Superintendent Donn Mendoza said Thursday at a Boundary Committee meeting.

The change affects 38 students in what is known as the “Presidential Section,” or the neighborhood east of Randall Road off Miller Road in Lake in the Hills. If the proposed change is approved, those students would be moved to Indian Prairie Elementary School.

The second shift is in what the district called the “Virginia Road, Northwest Highway, Teckler Triangle.” There are 11 children there who live in an apartment complex in that area. Next school year, those children would attend Coventry Elementary School.

Coventry School also was running short on space but the district previously decided to move some of its special needs students to Glacier Ridge School, which will alleviate the Coventry space crunch.

The boundary change would not affect where the students attend middle or high school.

Families with fifth-grade students will have the option to be “grandfathered in” and stay at their current school for their last year, but transportation would not be provided. The same applies for siblings of those fifth-graders, but only for one year.

Of the 49 children, nine are enrolled in the district’s dual-language class, and can elect to stay at their current schools with district-provided transportation.

The boundary committee will host a public hearing tentatively set for 7 p.m. Thursday. The matter is set for consideration at the next full school board meeting on March 18.

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