Above / Indian Prairie is the fourth largest school district in Illinois, covering 46 square miles in parts of Naperville, Aurora, Bolingbrook, and Plainfield. School board meetings are held in the Crouse Education Center and Administration Building at 780 Shoreline Drive in Aurora. With a total of 33 schools, IPSD looks after more than 27,000 students. The school district includes a preschool, 21 elementary schools, seven middle schools, three high schools, and one alternative high school.
On January 10, 2022, School District 204’s Board of Education approved the administration’s recommendation and implementation plan for boundary adjustments.
The implementation of the border plan will take effect at the beginning of the school year 2022-2023. Those affected will shortly receive a letter with further details.
The approved plan provides the option of grandfathering multiple grades of students and reduces the total number of students affected. In elementary school, prospective fifth graders are allowed to stay at their current school. Middle school students advancing through seventh and eighth grades are also allowed to become grandfathers. At the high school level, ten, eleven, and twelve graders are allowed to become grandfathers. Parents and legal guardians whose children are affected by the border change and are eligible for grandfathering are asked to make decisions about grandfathering by February 11, 2022. Transport is currently not guaranteed for students with grandfathers. All grandfathering decisions will not be changed after February 11th.
The number of students affected before the grandfather has continued to decline from the numbers announced at the Education Committee meeting on December 20. The student impact by level is as follows:
● Primary school: 1,154
● Middle school: 1,193
● High school: 356
The Education Committee and District 204 would like to thank the members of the Borders Committee once again for their work during the border process and their suggestions in finding a workable solution. The board and district also want to thank the community for their passionate engagement in the process by attending the border committee meetings, border forums, public commentary, and sharing their views.
To see how the recommended limit proposal will affect your budget, visit the Find Boundary Map Addresses Tool.
For more information on the border process, see Border Process 2021-22.
Editor’s Notes …
January 11, 2022 / During the regular meeting of the education committee of school district 204 on January 10, 2022, the elected members of the school board voted unanimously for the limit adjustments presented by the administration of school district 204. The vote on the “grandfather” students, a plan that may not include bus rides, was approved 6-1. Board member Justin Karubas voted “No”.
If grandfathering is a preferred option, be sure to keep an eye out for the date February 11, 2022 provided by the administration.
The almost three-hour session with 60 minutes of public commentary is completely open to the public until click here. 25 speakers had registered to speak for up to three minutes each. Since some speakers did not use all of the three minutes allotted to them, 21 speakers gave their opinion on limit adjustments within the deadline.
To avoid hearsay and out of context comments, the taxpayer public is always encouraged to pay attention to public meetings and workshops hosted by local school districts and other governing bodies.
For your information: There is currently a shortage of substitute teachers and bus drivers across School District 204 as a whole. For information, please contact the school district at (630) 375-3000 or email.
The next school district 204 board meeting is scheduled for January 24, 2022 at the Crouse Education Center.