Citing a trending decline in the number of school-aged children in Rogers Park, 49th Ward Ald. Joe Moore has proposed a two-part consolidation plan for local schools to stave off tumbling enrollment and funding, and to address overcrowding at a nearby selective enrollment school in West Ridge.

In an email newsletter sent to residents Tuesday, Moore proposed children who attend Joyce Kilmer Elementary School’s K-8 program and New Field’s K-4 program would continue to attend their respective schools. But Kilmer, rather than Eugene Field, would become the new feeder school for New Field’s graduating fourth graders. The schools are within a half mile of each other.

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