The Naperville School District 203 board and administration is considering redistricting--or redrawing attendance boundaries for some elementary schools--as a way of avoiding a costly expansion that would be needed to relieve overcrowding at Mill Street Elementary School. Many parents are upset about the plan because their children would have to switch schools. Is redistricting a better solution than expanding Mill Street?
The difficulty with the decision is that one has to weigh the vocal concerns of a smaller number of people who would be most affected (parents whose children would have to switch schools) versus what's better for the greater community. One could argue that redistricting is a better solution for the entire community because it involves substantially less cost. Besides, parents whose kids have had to change schools often say their children adjust well to the change after a relatively short time.
What's the better solution for D203--redistricting, or expanding Mill Street School?