Since District 49 is so large, why doesn't it close by zone?

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Closing by zone is logistically challenging and many of our students and stakeholders travel between zones.

There are several issues that make closing by zone difficult. For one, the district provides a portfolio of schools across its four zones to ensure every student finds great opportunities. With choice enrollments, a student may live in one zone but attend a school in another zone. What's more, the district operates a centralized dispatch center and bus depot, which means drivers and support personnel must travel between zones.