2021-22 Boundary Process

Public Comment

Due to the high level of interest shown by the public in the boundary process, we're offering District 204 residents an opportunity to share their opinions with the board, administration, and at-large community via an online public comment form.

This form will be available until December 8, 2021 (the date of the last boundary committee meeting). Future public comment opportunities may also be provided after that date.

Sections on This Page

Boundary Process Overview

For questions regarding the boundary process, view our FAQ.

If your question is not answered in the FAQ or at this page, email Matt Shipley, Chief School Business Official, at matthew_shipley@ipsd.org.

Community Forums

Three community forums were held in November, 2021. Community members who were unable to attend, and who wish to have access to the information that we shared with attendees, are invited to download the presentation PDF and watch the prepared video remarks from one of the forums.

Note: The presentation and prepared remarks were identical across all events.

Boundary Committee

The final committee meeting is Wednesday, December 8 at 6:30 p.m. at Still Middle School

Visit this page for full information (presentations, videos, etc.) on upcoming and past committee meetings.

Current and Conceptualized Boundary Maps

Visit this page for links to PDF files containing our current and conceptualized future boundary maps:
https://www.ipsd.org/Subpage.aspx/BoundaryMapConcepts

Boundary Committee Guiding Principles

The future boundary should…

  • Ensure an equitable student experience at each school
  • Work as a part of the district’s long-range planning
  • Anticipate future change of the neighborhood
  • Continue to effectively utilize all the available District resources
  • Focus on all grade levels (Elementary, Middle & High)

The following are always to be considered:
  • Exceptional education must take place at each facility in every option
  • The goal is to focus on Board of Education goals and priorities, and provide for the educational needs of each student

Boundary Criteria

  1. Contiguous Attendance Areas: To create boundaries that visually make sense.
  2. Demographic Considerations: Ensure student academic, social, and mental health needs are met at each school for each specific academic program.
  3. Duration of Boundaries: Ensure boundary adjustments are anticipating possible changes in the future.
  4. Feeder System Considerations - Ensure as many schools have students move from one grade level to maximize student connectivity with their peers.
  5. Fiscal Consideration - Capital: Ensure boundary changes minimize the need and/or effectively eliminate the need for additional construction projects.
  6. Fiscal Consideration - Operational: Ensure boundary changes minimize the need and/or effectively eliminate the need for additional construction projects.
  7. Neighborhoods Intact: Ensure subdivisions are maintained in a school’s attendance area. Utilize natural divisions between neighborhoods as attendance line.
  8. Projected Enrollment/Building Utilization: Ensure enrollment at each school is within an efficient building capacity for educational programming in that school.
  9. Students Impacted by Boundary Change: Minimize the disruptions and transitions of students.
  10. Transportation Considerations: Ensure transportation systems are considered, including appropriate bus routes, time students spend on a bus, and logistics.