Huntley School District 158 moving 600 Leggee Elementary students under new boundaries

HUNTLEY – Later this fall, Huntley School District 158 officials will begin moving roughly 600 students at Leggee Elementary into other schools, as part of new attendance boundaries phased in over the next three years.

The attendance remap that district board members recently approved should create more classroom space at the overcrowded Huntley elementary school, after administrators this year converted computer labs into makeshift classrooms to fit the oversized student population.

Nearly 600 Leggee students who are entering kindergarten and the third grade in each of the next three years will now be moved into the district’s four other elementary schools. The gradual transition would conclude in 2017.

“Our job is to ensure that we’re doing everything we can ... to make sure that this transition is setting up kids to be able to adapt and to do as well as possible,” Superintendent John Burkey said.

Working with consultants, school officials used Route 47 as the main dividing line for its new elementary school boundaries.

Leggee students who live east of Route 47 are the ones primarily affected by the change, as officials looked to move them to other elementary schools closest to their neighborhoods.

Roughly 280 Leggee students who live in the Georgian Place subdivision in Huntley would move to the district’s Chesak and Martin schools, while 330 Leggee students in the Wing Pointe subdivision in Huntley would move to Mackeben and Conley, according to district documents.

For the district’s middle schools, new attendance boundaries will begin in fall 2018 for incoming sixth-graders, as part of another three-year transition.

Elementary students from Chesak and Martin would feed into Marlowe Middle School in Lake in the Hills, while students from Mackeben and Conley would feed into Heineman Middle School in Algonquin.

Leggee students, meanwhile, would feed into both middle schools.

Board members considered two other remap proposals. But district administrators have said the one recently approved frees the most space long-term at Leggee, even though it affects the most students.

After revealing the proposals in February, the district organized public events to discuss the changes with parents. Nearly 70 families attended the forums, while 35 others submitted written feedback.

Some parents affected by the approved remap were against the change while others were for it. The responses didn’t sway officials one way or the other, Burkey said.

“Out of all the things we looked at, it continues to be the best option,” he said.