HINSDALE, Ill. — Hinsdale High School District 86 will consider how to verify that all the students who attend Hinsdale Central and South high schools live in the district.
“We have a duty to taxpayers to make sure everyone who attends school here resides here,” said acting Superintendent Bruce Law.
District 86 requires proof of residency for all incoming freshmen and other students enrolling for the first time in one of the high schools.
The district staff also follows up when they see indications, such as returned mail, that a student may not live at the address the school has on file.
Law said 102 students who are enrolled at Central and 45 at South were required to bring proof of their residency this year. Law did not know how many, if any, were not actually living within the district boundaries.
District administrators will develop guidelines for establishing residency that they will present to the School Board for consideration at a future meeting.
It’s not unusual for school districts to verify residency every year.
School Board member Jennifer Planson, who previously served on the Gower Elementary District 62 School Board, said Gower has such a policy.
Initially, some parents were inconvenienced and annoyed, Planson said.
“People got angry because they didn’t have the right information and had to come back,” Planson said.
But with clear directions, eventually parents learn what documents to bring to registration for proof of their address and accept it, she said.