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Thursday, January 20, 2022

School District 204 Boundary Adjustments Approved


Above / Indian Prairie is the fourth largest school district in Illinois, encompassing 46 square miles in portions of Naperville, Aurora, Bolingbrook and Plainfield. School board meetings are held at the Crouse Education Center and Administration Building, located at 780 Shoreline Drive in Aurora. With a total of 33 schools, IPSD serves more than 27,000 students. The school district includes one preschool, 21 elementary schools, seven middle schools, three high schools and one alternative high school.

On Jan. 10, 2022, the School District 204 Board of Education approved the administration recommendation and implementation plan for boundary adjustments.

Implementation of the boundary plan will take effect at the start of the 2022-2023 school year. Those impacted will receive a letter with more details in the near future.

The approved plan includes the option of grandfathering for several grade levels of students and decreases the overall number of students impacted. At the elementary level, rising fifth graders will be allowed to stay at their current school. Middle school students who are rising seventh and eighth graders will also be allowed to grandfather. At the high school level, rising tenth, eleventh and twelfth graders will be allowed to grandfather. Parents and guardians, whose children are impacted by the boundary change and are eligible for grandfathering, will be asked to make decisions regarding grandfathering by February 11, 2022. At this time, transportation is not being guaranteed for grandfathered students. Any decisions about grandfathering will not be changed after the February 11 date.  

The number of students impacted, before grandfathering, has further decreased from the numbers shared at the December 20 board of education meeting. The student impact by level is as follows:

● Elementary School: 1,154

● Middle School: 1,193

● High School: 356

The board of education and District 204 would like to, again, thank the Boundary Committee members for their work throughout the boundary process and their suggestions to find a workable solution. The board and district would also like to thank the community for their passionate involvement in the process by attending the boundary committee meetings, the boundary forums, participating in public comment, and sharing their opinions.

To see how the recommended boundary proposal impacts your household, visit the boundary map address locator tool.

For more information on the boundary process, visit 2021-22 Boundary Process.

Editor’s Notes…

Jan. 11, 2022 / During the Jan. 10, 2022, regularly-scheduled School District 204 Board of Education meeting, elected school board members voted unanimously in support of boundary adjustments presented by the School District 204 Administration. The vote to “grandfather” students, a plan that may not include busing, was approved 6-1. Board member Justin Karubas was the “no” vote.

If grandfathering is a preferred option, be sure to pay attention to the Feb. 11, 2022, date cited by the administration.

The nearly 3-hour meeting, complete with 60 minutes of public comments, is available for public viewing in its entirety by clicking here. Twenty-five speakers had signed up to speak for up to three minutes each. Because some speakers didn’t use all of their three minutes allotted, 21 speakers presented their opinions regarding boundary adjustments within the time limit.

To prevent hearsay and comments taken out of context, the tax-paying public always is encouraged to pay attention to public meetings and workshops hosted by local school districts and other governing bodies.

FYI: Currently a shortage of substitute teachers and bus drivers exists throughout School District 204. For information, contact the school district at (630) 375-3000 or via email.

The next School District 204 Board meeting is scheduled for Jan. 24, 2022, at the Crouse Education Center.

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