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Oswego Housing Boom Will Figure in New District 308 Boundaries Discussions

Apr 05, 2016 01:18PM ● By Shannon Antinori

Oswego is on the verge of a housing boom that will impact District 308 enrollment.

Oswego School District 308 officials say the Village of Oswego is keeping them in the loop as far as expected growth from a planned housing boom.

In November, village trustees approved reduced impact fees aimed at encouraging new housing development and restarting stalled subdivisions in Oswego. Oswego School Board president Matt Bauman said this week district demographers are keeping a close eye on projected growth numbers across the district.

Right now, “Things look pretty stable,” Bauman said. “We’re looking to be able to absorb and satisfy those growth numbers.”

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Buildout on some of the larger subdivisions planned for Oswego is still years away, Bauman said, pointing to the Hudson Pointe development proposed for the southwest corner of Route 30 and Wolf’s Crossing Road. Completion of Hudson Pointe is not anticipated for at least seven years, according to Bauman.

“In the southern edge of the district, we may need to talk about a new elementary school in five years,” Bauman said.

School Board member Lauri Doyle, who co-chairs the district’s Facilities and Planning Advisory Committee alongside Bauman, said expected growth will be considered as efforts begin to redraw district attendance boundaries for the 2017-18 school year.

New boundaries will be necessary if the school board approves plans to move full-day kindergarten students back to their home campuses. Doyle said she expects a vote on the kindergarten proposal sometime this spring, with discussion on the new boundaries beginning this summer.

If the board approves sending full-day kindergarten students back to their home campuses, it will affect about half of the 1,200 students. The district will then begin working on redrawing boundaries, and in addition to the kindergarten-related changes, they will also factor in any projected growth due to new housing.

“There are several developments that are ready to go, so we will be factoring that into our boundaries,” Doyle said.

She added that the committee is planning new boundaries that will last at least five years — which is right around the time the district could be planning for a new elementary school.

“The village has done a really nice job keeping the district informed,” regarding growth projections, Doyle said, although the district’s demographer does not yet have exact numbers for anticipated enrollment growth. Those figures will depend on how quickly new homes sell once they hit the market.

Several large developments are in the planning stages in Oswego. Hummel Trails, located off Woolley Road near the proposed site of a new Oswego police station, could have as many as 1,056 housing units.

Tuscany Station, proposed for the northwest corner of Orchard Road and the railroad tracks near a potential future Metra station, calls for 481 units, including townhomes and single-family homes, while Hudson Pointe could have between 970 and 1,635 housing units.