Enrollment Up at Hawthorne Elementary, New Students from Carol Stream Apartments to Attend Pleasant Hill

Enrollment for new students from a Carol Stream apartment complex is capped at Hawthorne Elementary School for the 2012-13 school year.

Due to increased enrollment, will add a new kindergarten classroom for the 2012-13 school year, and send new students from a Carol Stream apartment complex to .

District 200 Superintendent Dr. Brian Harris said at a Wednesday board meeting as a "one-year solution" to the school's increased enrollment, any students from the Covered Bridge apartments in Carol Stream who enroll after May 10 would attend Pleasant Hill. All current students will stay, and new students with siblings at Hawthorne will also go to Hawthorne. "Families will not be split up," he said.

Harris said the Covered Bridge apartments were chosen for the change because there are already bus routes to other elementary schools at the complex.

In a letter sent to Hawthorne parents Friday, Principal John Patterson wrote when looking for a solution to Hawthorne's enrollment issue, "priority was placed on only moving students who had not yet started at Hawthorne School and also to take students that would be considered bus students already."

He wrote Pleasant Hill was chosen because it has the most classroom space.

"We've noticed a trend of increased (enrollment) at the Kindergarten and First Grade levels," said Harris. "We're going to watch that carefully... Over the next several months and into the next school year."

He said if administrators decide to make a permanent change, they'll involve parents at the site and move forward with a recommendation to the board.

Click to visit the District 200 website for enrollment and registration information.

Andrew May 12, 2012 at 03:44 AM
"He wrote Pleasant Hill was chosen because it has the most classroom space." It has this space because they are doing things like stuffing 30 kids in a classroom.
Jennifer Merck May 12, 2012 at 03:17 PM
Pleasant Hill is a much larger school than Hawthorne, by number of classrooms and available facility resources.
Mark Stern May 14, 2012 at 02:24 PM
As we saw with the Franklin boundary change, this is yet another "patch" (no pun intended) or band-aid solution for the students in the northwest corner of the District. They will continue to have a fragmented attendance pattern with no neighborhood cohesion and continual boundary changes. I agree with the previous commenter that north side attendance issues need to be addressed. But I don't know how removing students in what is admittedly a one year fix can be called a "plan". Dr. Harris et al. do not seem to have any long term strategy in mind.
Jennifer Merck May 24, 2012 at 12:15 AM
I agree, Mark, that this is not a long-term solution. I have the impression that it is Dr. Harris' intention to look at the whole north side enrollment patterns over the coming year or two. We need to continue to urge him and the Board to do so.
Michele May 25, 2012 at 07:33 PM
Nothing the District has done so far regarding overcrowding issues has come close to being a long-term solution. I wish I could have as much faith in the District's efforts as the people who have not, and likey will not, be affected by any boundary changes. It's always easy to get behind decisions that don't personally affect you in a negative way. Unfortunately, all I expect to happen is for kids to be perpetually moved around like chess pieces.


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