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A Movement By Citizens  Demanding Transparency, Accountability, and Community Engagement for school districts in the State of Illinois.

Building A Better District is a taxpayer-led movement and is not affiliated with, nor endorsed by, the State or Regional Board of Education, any individual school district, or administration/Board of Education. 

St. Charles/D303  & Oswego/D308 Perform Enrollment Forecasts For Future Planning

Hiring an independent firm to conduct and Enrollment Forecast & Facilities Analysis is not only standard practice for school district planning purposes, it is recommended to avoid "unnessary expenditures on new facilities". 

Central District 301 has not commissioned an Enrollment Forecast and Facilities Analysis performed by an independent, outside demography firm upon which to base future planning.  

Let's take a look at how neighboring St. Charles/D303 and Oswego/D308 have approached analyzing growth data for future planning.

St. Charles/D303 Performed Due Diligence

St. Charles/D303 recently hired a demography firm to complete a 5-year enrollment study for their district that was conducted and presented to the community in early 2023. 

You can find the St. Charles/D303 report here for an example of what information was researched.

Oswego/D308 Enrollment Forecast

Oswego/D308 recently hired the same demography firm used by St. Charles/D303 to complete an enrollment forecast to explore how expected growth will impact them in the coming years.

You can find the Oswego/D308 report here to see their findings.  Pages 19-31 are particularly interesting/

Below are findings from the St. Charles/D303 Report that would be relevant to our own district.

Above image taken from D303’s Enrollment Report performed by RSP.

Transparency & Communication As Cornerstones of District-Taxpayer Relations

The process of the 2016 and 2022 Referendums our District 301 did not satisfy our community’s expectation of transparency and strong two-way communication.  Promoting a new high school 6 years after a $22 million referendum to complete Central High School confirms that the 2016 Referendum was not based upon reliable, researched and vetted data for appropriate future planning.

Here are some examples of how other districts have worked with their community with transparency and effective, open, and ongoing communication:

The Board of Education of D301 voted on May 1, 2024, to commission an independent Enrollment Forecast and Capacity Analysis from RSP & Associates.  As of the June 17, 2024, board meeting, the contract had not yet been executed.


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