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How Should GBN and GBS Handle Increased Enrollment Disparity?

Independent demographers have confirmed that the high schools may have a difference of up to 1,300 students.

Over the coming years, the student populations at Glenbrook North and Glenbrook South are going to get more uneven, with up to a 1,300 student difference before the gap narrows again. Independent demographers have confirmed this prediction, the district said in a press release Tuesday.

“The student attendance areas were built on a communities of interest philosophy that Glenview students attend GBS and Northbrook students attend GBN,” Superintendent Mike Riggle said in the release. “The real question becomes, do we still believe in that philosophy and if so, to what extent do we act to preserve that concept and the high quality educational opportunities that the Glenbrooks provide.”

The district addresses this issue on an FAQ page on its website:

Has the District 225 Board of Education made a decision to change the school attendance areas?
No. The Board of Education is carefully studying enrollment projections to determine if any actions will be needed in the future to alleviate future capacity challenges at Glenbrook South. There are many solutions to this issue and while the Board can’t entirely rule out a future boundary change as a potential solution, no determinations have been made.

What do you think: How should the schools handle that disparity? Should school enrollment boundaries be changed? 


The following is the full press release from District 225:

The Glenbrook High School District 225 Board of Education received student enrollment projections from two independent demographers at its regular meeting on Monday, March 17.  The studies were commissioned to validate district projections and to further investigate changing student populations at GBN and GBS over time.

“We have been carefully monitoring the projected growing enrollment at GBS for the past 12 years, and wanted to validate what our own data was showing,” said Superintendent Dr. Mike Riggle. “The challenge when analyzing student populations is that beyond three-to-five years,the accuracy of enrollment projections begins to decline.”

Demographers Dr. Charles Kofron and Dr. Jerome McKibben were hired to provide 10-year enrollment projections for Glenbrook North and Glenbrook South. Both demographers confirmed that the student enrollment at GBN will continue to decrease, while GBS’s population will continue to increase, stabilize, and then decrease over the next 10 years. At its height, the enrollment difference between the two schools may vary by as much as 1,200-1,300 students before it begins to narrow. Currently the difference in enrollment between GBN and GBS is approximately 700 students.

“The student attendance areas were built on a communities of interest philosophy that Glenview students attend GBS and Northbrook students attend GBN,” said Riggle. “The real question becomes, do we still believe in that philosophy and if so, to what extent do we act to preserve that concept and the high quality educational opportunities that the Glenbrooks provide.”

The Board expects to continue its discussion of the enrollment projections at the meeting on Monday, April 8.  Community residents who would like to provide comments on the topic may do so by visiting the district or school websites and utilizing the input form. (www.glenbrook225.org/district/About-District-225/Enrollment)

“The Board and administration will continue to monitor and evaluate this complex challenge on a regular basis,” said Board President Skip Shein. “Should we determine that alternative solutions are needed, we will seek input from our community prior to making any major decisions.”

Lauri March 19, 2014 at 11:16 AM
Have all students that graduate from both Field and Maple attend GBN rather than splitting each class between GBN and GBS.
Annilise March 19, 2014 at 01:53 PM
Redistricting to include all students graduating from both Field and Maple attend GBN
Mike Kruger March 19, 2014 at 07:53 PM
Redistrict. It's silly to burden taxpayers with more building than will be needed long term.
Kati Byrne Spaniak March 23, 2014 at 07:23 AM
As a real estate agent, I have some clients that don't want to move into district 30 and 31 because of the fact that the junior high splits between the two high schools. Parents want their children to make friends in junior high and keep them into high school. Allowing the students to stay together throughout all of grade school, junior high and high school could potentially increase property values in those districts.
Bernard Johnson March 27, 2014 at 05:19 PM
No problem, just send the surplus differential up to Deerfield in a couple of years; trending demographics indicate that enrollments at DHS will decline - significantly, which is why, naturally, Dist. 113 just suckered taxpayers into floating a $180,000,000 bond to retrofit some of the structures at DHS and HPHS {in addition to spending tens of millions more from and depleting current surpluses}. GBH and GBS will be able to negotiate deep discounts to bus on up to DHS and HPHS - as soon as the Empire Builders of Dist. 113 are proven to have entirely got it wrong - again. With the dire state of the State of Illinois' finances, Dist. 113 taxpayers are in for a real shocker when the state 'reapportions' contributions to public-education, coupled with the Federal government halting payments for the former Fort Sheridan base's children formulary and District 113 enrollments drop. It's time to bail out of Dist. 113 if you're a home-owner; interest rates are climbing, those coming up to replace the former middle-middle and lower-upper residents are dwindling and it's not like the... other residents of Lake County [Waukegan, North Chicago, Round Lake Beach, etc] are going to sustain the County's insatiable appetite to spend other people's money. If you think making the recent hike by 2/3rds of the dire state of the State of Illinois' income tax permanent is the end of increased taxation and fees to be heaped upon the already sagging shoulders of the ever fewer and fewer taxpayers in Illinois left standing, think again. There's that pesky un-funded obligation of the public pensions, the recent smoke and mirrors legislation to reduce even slightly won't stand up to legal scrutiny under the State's Constitutional obligation not to reduce those benefits after the fact on retirees/those vested therein. Yet, Illinois continues the charade of defined benefit pension plans - which private companies/the real world abandoned a couple of decades ago when deflation became the rule of the day. But, what's a couple of decades of Illinois' hacks kicking the can down the road? Illinois - the land that time and integrity forgot. Abandon all hope ye who enter here.

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