SD 230 mulls changes in enrollment boundaries
BY STEVE METSCH firstname.lastname@example.org September 6, 2012 7:52PM
Updated: October 9, 2012 2:39PM
Parents who moved into communities served by Consolidated High School District 230 thinking that their children would attend a certain high school may be in for a surprise.
The District 230 board is considering boundary changes that would affect enrollments at Andrew High School in Tinley Park, Sandburg High School in Orland Park, and Stagg High School in Palos Hills.
The changes, which would be optional for a three-year transition period, are being considered because of the vast enrollment disparity projected in four years, according to a news release from the district. Projections for the 2016-17 school year have 1,807 students enrolled at Andrew, 3,121 at Sandburg, and 2,314 at Stagg.
To restore balance, the district is looking at a plan in which students at Tinley Park’s Central Middle School would be assigned to Andrew, but the next three incoming freshman classes could opt to go to Sandburg instead. That choice would not be available for current fifth-graders and those younger. They would be assigned to Andrew, district spokeswoman Carla Erdey said.
Students at Palos Park’s Palos South Middle School who live in an “option zone” that lets them pick between Stagg and Sandburg still would have that choice for the next three years. But that choice would disappear for current fifth-graders and those younger, who would be assigned to Stagg, Erdey said.
A special board meeting to discuss the proposed changes is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Sept. 18 at the district’s administration center, 15100 S. 94th Ave. in Orland Park. The board is expected to vote on the recommendations at its Sept. 27 meeting (7 p.m.) at Andrew, 9001 W. 171st St. in Tinley Park.
The district also is accepting input via emails, which can be sent to email@example.com.
Andrew and Stagg will host events welcoming residents to learn about those schools on dates yet to be announced.