School overcrowding is usually associated with rapidly-growing suburbs on the urban periphery.
It’s also a fact of life in some of Chicago’s near-in suburbs, as aging populations move on, some to “the other side of the grass,” and are replaced by young families with children.
Glenview’s highly-rated District 34 schools, for example, served 3,700 students in 2001, and the student population is projected to grow to over 5,000 by 2015.
Proposed solutions under discussion, according to a recent Glenview Patch article, include increased class sizes and attendance boundary changes.
Suburban school districts that redraw attendance boundaries typically allow children already attending a school to remain there until graduation. Boundary changes can, however, have an impact on property values.