DECATUR, Ill. (WCIA) — The Decatur Public Schools Board of Education has voted to change the district’s boundaries for the first time in 25 years.
About 180 elementary school students will be re-zoned to a different school within the district.
These changes have been in the works for almost a year. The proposal, created with the help of 20 community members and district officials, was presented to the board at its December meeting. It was approved at a Tuesday night meeting.
District officials say they are changing the boundaries because:
- They don’t follow natural landmarks so they’re hard to easily define.
- They lack a neighborhood emphasis for certain schools, meaning students don’t always get to go to the school in their neighborhood.
- In 2018-19, 500+ students had to go to schools outside their neighborhood boundary
They also say several schools are well over or well under capacity, which is driving them to consolidate schools.
On the district’s website about the boundary changes, they say in a pop-up message that if your students currently attends a school outside of District #61, you are not impacted by the inside district boundary changes.
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