Socioeconomic Factors to Play Role in New Boundaries

By Hooker, Sara | Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), December 6, 2005 | Go to article overview

Socioeconomic Factors to Play Role in New Boundaries


Hooker, Sara, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)


Byline: Sara Hooker Daily Herald Staff Writer

While geography remains the primary consideration as administrators draw up scenarios for boundary changes, several factors will influence those options, Indian Prairie Unit District 204 officials said at a board workshop Monday evening.

Converting one of the district's freshman gold campuses into a seventh middle school and balancing socioeconomic factors could drive boundary changes tacked on to a future referendum asking taxpayers to fund a third high school.

Officials predict they'll need to find space for 1,800 high school students and 1,200 middle school students in the next 10 years. Their solution: Build a third high school, convert a freshman campus to a seventh middle school and change boundaries to distribute enrollment. That's what they're preparing for as they lay the groundwork for a March tax rate increase request.

The school board is looking to make a decision on school boundaries by Jan. 9.

Rather than spreading enrollment based on geography, board member Bruce Rodman said the district should create a way to mix poorer students with wealthier students in a more consistent manner. …

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