THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER RECOMMENDS
That the Board adopt an Under-Enrolled Schools Policy.
PURPOSE: This policy is adopted in accordance with 105 ILCS 5/34-201(k) which requires the Board to establish of a policy to address under-enrolled schools. This policy is designed to support under-enrolled schools to produce greater enrollment efficiency.
Under-Enrolled School: For purposes of this policy, under-enrolled school means a school that is determined, following the annual release of the District’s Space Utilization report, to:
- have an enrollment that is less than 70% of its Ideal Capacity, as defined in the District’s Space Utilization Standards; and
- have experienced two subsequent years of year-over-year declines of 10% or more in 20th day enrollment; and
- not be engaged in a closure or co-location; and
- not have received a programmatic investment or other intervention listed in section II below in the last five years.
The Chief Executive Officer or designee shall consider potential interventions to address an under-enrolled school including, but not limited to, the following:
- Create a request for proposals for joint use of the school with an intergovernmental rental or other outside entity rental,
- Except for a charter school, cease any potential plans for school expansion that may negatively impact enrollment at the under-enrolled school,
- After analysis of assignment ratios, redraft attendance boundaries to maximize enrollment of additional students,
- Work with under-enrolled schools to identify opportunities to:
- Increase enrollment. This includes creating a process that solicits high-quality applications from schools that address a programmatic need, have a strong implementation plan, and have the clear support of the school administration, Local School Council and broader community; or
- Lower the costs of occupancy through joint use agreements.
|Legal References||105 ILCS 5/34-201(k), P.A. 100-0965|