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Yorkville School district to keep same boundaries, kindergarten program for at least a year

Updated: February 23, 2014 6:18AM

YORKVILLE — The Yorkville School District will not change boundaries nor go to all-day kindergarten for the 2014-15 school year.

But according to a report presented last week to the School Board, the Boundaries Committee will present a plan for changes in the fall of this year, to “prepare for the implementation of changes for the 2015-16 school year.”

Those changes will be based around the creation of 54 “micro neighborhoods” within the school district boundaries. Those neighborhoods will be individually assigned to attendance centers in 2015-16.

By presenting the plan this fall, it will give families a year to prepare for attendance changes, district officials said. It also will give the school district a chance to see exact enrollment numbers at each school, and give the Boundaries Committee a chance to review feedback from a district survey it has done.

The committee has tried to communicate with residents through email notifications, newsletter updates, updates to the School Board, newspapers, social media and community meetings.

While kindergarten attendance boundaries will stay the same this coming school year, the district is expected to move some programs, such as the bilingual program, during the 2014-15 school year.

The bilingual program is housed at Bristol Bay Elementary School, where there have been some space concerns.

Also in 2014-15, the district will begin a dual language kindergarten that will have native English and Spanish speakers in the same room. Officials are hoping the program will end up making students fluent in both languages.

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