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Naperville Community Unit School District 203
Naperville, Illinois

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Demographic Trends and Enrollment Projections Study (PDF, 825 KB)
District-Wide Physical Facilities Survey (PDF, 679 KB)
Facilities Task Force Community Forum Presentation (PDF 2.9 MB)
Facilities Task Force Meetings
Facilities Task Force Members
Facilities Task Force Updates
Master Facilities Plan FY 2007-2013 & Beyond (PDF, 2.5 MB)

Reports from the architectural firm of Healy, Bender & Associates, Inc., containing the results of two studies of the 21 school sites in District 203, were presented to the Board of Education on November 14, 2005. The first document, entitled "District-Wide Educational Planning Report," is a full report of the educational facility issues which have been identified by staff and parents through meetings with the architect and consultant. The second document, "District-Wide Physical Facilities Survey," is a summary report of the infrastructure condition of District facilities. It was completed by Healy-Bender, in conjunction with the District Buildings & Grounds staff and outside experts in areas related to HVAC, roofs, electrical, plumbing systems, etc. The summary report is available on the District 203 website (see link above).

In April, Dr. Alan Leis called for volunteers (via a Talk203 message) to form a Facilities Study Committee charged with developing a comprehensive plan for addressing issues at Naperville Central High School and Mill Street Elementary, as well as other deficiencies outlined in a survey of the physical condition of all 21 District schools, performed by the architectural firm. It was determined that the committee should be comprised of about 30 people representing parents, students, faculty, administrators, Board members, business leaders and other community members. About twice that number expressed interest.  As a result, it was determined that there would be a core Facilities Task Force of 30 and a Community Advisory Group (CAG) of about 50.

Members of the two groups are listed on this website, as are meetings dates, locations and topics (see links above). Some meetings involve both groups, and some are for the Task Force only. The tentative schedule calls for a complete report to be presented to the Board in November of 2006.

During the Facility Master Plan process, the District 203 Administration sought input from the Task Force on the need for a demographic profile, in order to formally determine future student population levels.

Following feedback from the Task Force, Dr. Alan Leis, with approval from the Board of Education, requested proposals from demographers who had worked with other area school districts.  The Board accepted a proposal from consulting demographer John D. Kasarda, Ph.D.

On August 15, Dr. Kasarda presented projections in the form of three separate series, providing a range from what he determined to be the absolute minimum number of students, to the maximum number that can possibly be foreseen, with the middle series being the most likely number expected.  The series was based on different assumptions about future fertility, housing turnover, new residential developments (including teardowns/rebuilds) and the resulting family migration to each of the 21 attendance areas, as well as for the District as a whole.  The Facilities Task Force is working with numbers in the middle range of the series.

Charge for the Facilities Task Force

1. Develop a comprehensive plan and review facilities alternatives at Naperville Central High School. A multitude of problems at NCHS, including lack of building organization, aging infrastructure, and inadequate educational spaces warrants that a comprehensive plan for the long term viability of this facility be developed.

2. Develop a comprehensive plan and review facilities alternatives at Mill Street Elementary due to its current enrollment, the increasing diversity of its population and the relationship between the two.

3. Review deficiencies outlined in the Physical Facilities Survey and coordinate with above master planned solutions to ensure that resources are used effectively and efficiently.

4. Rather than focus on comprehensive improvement plans for all District facilities, review, at minimum, the following issues:

  • Security – primary issue is buildings without office at main entry
  • Vehicular traffic issues, e.g., NNHS, Prairie, MCHS, Mill Street (perhaps others)
  • Swimming pool deficiencies, e.g., NNHS
  • Adequacy of field space at Central and North

5.  Appropriate space to support current and future programs.

Highly probable program future needs:

    • Early Childhood (EC) program expansion (federal mandates)
    • Alternative High School program
    • English Language Learners (ELL) program expansion, and return of students to base school when possible

Possible future programs:

    • Elementary hot lunch program
    • Elementary foreign language immersion program
    • All-day Kindergarten, particularly for at-risk students
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