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Enrollment Balancing Project Overview

To address imbalanced attendance patterns at the three District 36 elementary schools, forecast enrollment trends, and identify anticipated future space needs, the School Board of the Winnetka Public Schools began the Enrollment Balancing Project in summer 2016. Demographers and geographers from McKibben Demographic Research, LLC, and Cropper GIS developed potential models to immediately address the current enrollment imbalance (Phase I) and identify solutions to support the long-term needs of the District (Phase II).

In fall 2016, the School Board established an Advisory Committee of staff, parents, and community members to evaluate the feasibility of these models and collaborate on the decision-making process before the Board took action on Phase I. Before any decisions were made, staff, parents, and community members were invited to share feedback at input sessions held in the fall and winter. At the January 24, 2017, Board Meeting, the School Board unanimously approved the Board Advisory Committee’s recommendation that All Crow Island Kindergarten students attend another District school. This is effective starting with the 2017-2018 school year.

This Phase I solution for the Enrollment Balancing Project is expected to be in place as the Board identifies a long-term Phase II solution to address imbalanced enrollment. Phase II planning is underway and includes an Educational Master Facility Plan, the District’s first in 20 years. Throughout this process, the Board is committed to maintaining high quality programming, engaging staff and community members, providing clear information, and listening and responding to feedback.

Throughout this process, the Board is committed to maintaining high quality programming, engaging staff and community members, providing clear information, and listening and responding to feedback.

 

January 2017
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01/17/2017 Enrollment Balancing Project Board Advisory Committee Meeting Materials

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01/12/2017 Enrollment Balancing Project Board Advisory Committee Meeting Materials

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01/09/2017 Enrollment Balancing Project Informational Video, shown at Staff and Community Input Sessions in December 2016 and January 2017

01/09/2017 The detailed description of the projected impacts, logistics, benefits and challenges of the four Phase I models, along with possible Phase II concepts, shared at Staff and Community Input Sessions in December 2016 and January 2017.

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December 2016
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12/12/2016 Enrollment Balancing Project Board Advisory Committee Meeting Materials

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November 2016
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11/29/2016 Enrollment Balancing Project Board Advisory Committee Meeting Materials

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11/14/2016 Enrollment Balancing Project Board Advisory Committee Meeting Materials

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11/01/2016 Enrollment Balancing Project Board Advisory Committee Meeting Materials

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October 2016
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10/25/2016 Presentation of Demographic Study and Capacity/Utilization Study Findings to the Board Advisory Committee

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10/18/2016 Enrollment Balancing Project Update Board Memo

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10/18/2016 Revised Demographic Study

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10/18/2016 Revised Capacity Study

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10/18/2016 Enrollment Balancing Project Guiding Principles Board Presentation

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10/18/2016 Enrollment Balancing Project Guiding Principles (Approved)

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10/18/2016 Summary of Data Collected from September 2016 Staff & Community Survey (revised 10/31/2016)

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10/18/2016 Summary of Community & Staff Comments from September 2016 Survey

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September 2016
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09/28/2016 Committee Members

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09/26/2016 Advisory Committee Meeting Agenda, September 26, 2016

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09/26/2016 Advisory Committee Meeting Presentation September 26, 2016

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09/26/2016 Enrollment Balancing Project Board Advisory Committee Meeting Minutes

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09/20/2016 Board Highlights from September 20th, 2016 Meeting

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09/20/2016 Board Meeting (Including Advisory Committee Members)

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09/19/2016 Advisory Committee Meeting Dates for 2016-2017

Per attached memo, the Enrollment Balancing Project Advisory Committee will meet on the following dates and times in the Carleton Washburne Resource Center located at 515 Hibbard Street, Winnetka IL.

  • Monday, September 26, 5:00-9:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, October 25, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, November 1, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
  • Monday, November 14, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, November 29, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
  • Thursday January 12, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, January 17, 6:00-9:00 p.m.

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09/08/2016 Enrollment Balancing Project Community Survey (Closed)

Community members were invited to share input on what values they would like considered throughout the Enrollment Balancing Project decision-making process via a survey that was open from September 8 through September 18, 2016.

09/06/2016 Community Presentation, Enrollment Balancing Project Informational Meetings Presentation

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09/06/2016 Community Presentation, Board Advisory Committee Meeting Dates and Session Agendas

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August 2016
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08/16/2016 Board Meeting - Memo: Enrollment Balancing Project

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08/16/2016 Board Meeting - Presentation: Enrollment Balancing Project

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08/16/2016 Board Meeting - Video - Regular Meeting of the Winnetka Public Schools District 36 School Board August 16, 2016 7:15 p.m.

July 2016
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07/01/2016 Press Release on Demographic & Capacity Study

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June 2016
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06/29/2016 Board Memo on Demographic & Capacity Study

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06/29/2016 Presentation on Demographic & Capacity Study

by McKibben Demographics, LLC, & Cropper GIS.

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06/08/2016 Board Memo on Enrollment

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