Chicago Board of Education members today approved actions to eight schools as recommended by Chief Executive Officer Ron Huberman.
The actions include:
- Closing Bartholome De Las Casas Occupational High School, 8401 S. Saginaw Ave. for facilities-related reasons.
- Consolidating Helen J. McCorkle Elementary School, 4421 S. State, into Ludwig Van Beethoven Elementary School, 25 W. 47th St., for facilities-related reasons at McCorkle.
- Phasing out George Schneider Elementary School, 2957 N. Hoyne Ave. due to under-enrollment.
Turning around the following schools due to low academic performance:
- George W. Curtis Elementary School, 32 E. 115th St.
- Charles S. Deneen Elementary School, 7257 S. State St.
- Myra Bradwell Elementary School, 7736 S. Burnham Ave.
- Wendell Phillips High School, 244 E. Pershing Road.
- John Marshall High School, 3250 W. Adams St.
The Curtis, Deneen, Bradwell and Phillips turnarounds will be led by the Academy for Urban School Leadership. The Marshall turnaround will be led by the CPS Office of School Turnarounds, which is under the District’s Chief Education Office.
The Board’s approval followed a review of the proposed actions by the CEO. The actions will take effect starting with the 2010-11 school year. The Board also officially welcomed new Board President Mary Richardson-Lowry.
Mary Richardson-Lowry addressed the Board and the public, accepting her appointment and vowing that she would be a staunch supporter for the school communities, principals, teachers and students. She also committed to building on reform measures.
“Having come from a family of teachers and educators, I recognize the importance of strong, dedicated school leaders who truly are the backbone of school classrooms,” said Richardson-Lowry.
“I know that the challenges ahead will be great, and I look forward to working with Chicago Public Schools and the Board to move our mission forward in a way that will benefit every student and parent in every community,” she added.
Some 500 people attended the Board meeting. More than 50 people signed up to speak, including 5 parents.
Chicago Public Schools serves 417,855 students in 675 schools. It is the nation’s third-largest school district.