FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Thursday, September 24, 2015
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Chicago Public Schools (CPS) today announced that Beulah McLoyd, a distinguished principal who has served as the principal at Michele Clark Academic Prep Magnet High School, has been appointed to lead the new Walter H. Dyett High School. Because the new Dyett High School is opening next school year – and accepting freshmen applications in October – CPS appointed McLoyd to oversee planning and preparation at the school to ensure it is ready to provide a high-quality education to its students on day one.
“Beulah has all the qualities we’re looking for in the Dyett principal – infectious energy, enthusiasm for learning and a real ability to inspire students and the community,” said Chief Education Officer Janice K. Jackson. “Beulah will get Dyett off to a running start, as we work to transform the school into a world-class learning institution for the community and the city as a whole.”
McLoyd has served since 2010 as the principal of Michele Clark High School, where she has overseen progress in key areas, including increases in attendance and freshmen on-track and graduation rates. From 2006 to 2009, McLoyd served as an assistant principal at Gage Park High School, where she developed professional development plans for teachers and improved teacher retention rates by overhauling recruitment, hiring, on-boarding and coaching systems. Prior to serving as an assistant principal at Gage Park, McLoyd was an English teacher at the school from 2001 to 2006.
“As a Bronzeville resident, CPS parent and high school principal, I understand the need for a high-quality neighborhood option at Dyett, and I am fully committed to ensuring this school is the world-class success that the community deserves,” McLoyd said. “I look forward to develop a new neighborhood option with rigorous instruction and an elite arts program that will honor the legacy of Walter H. Dyett and prepare our students for a bright future.”
Earlier this month, CPS announced a new open enrollment, arts-focused neighborhood high school with a technology lab and training center that will open next year at Dyett.
“Beulah is a product of Bronzeveille, and she knows our community’s unique strengths and challenges as well as anyone,” said Bronzeville CAC Chairperson Angelique Harris. “I have no doubt that Beulah has the strong educational background to succeed in this role, and I’m very happy she was chosen to lead our new school.”
Bronzeville CAC Vice Chairperson James Patrick added: “Beulah McLoyd is the best candidate to lead the new Dyett High School. She is an outstanding candidate with tremendous credentials, who I know will work collaboratively with all stakeholders to ensure there will be a high-quality neighborhood school on the Dyett campus. We greatly appreciate CPS for involving us in the process and allowing us to help identify a proven leader for our school.”
In conjunction with the appointment of McLoyd as the principal at Dyett High School, CPS has named Charles Anderson, principal at Beidler Elementary, the new interim principal at Michele Clark High School. Anderson will be replaced at Beidler by his assistant principal, Ursula Hoskins, who will serve as the school’s interim principal.
“In Austin, Beulah McLoyd has proven herself to be a highly effective leader, and I think this new role is a perfect fit for her and the community,” said Austin CAC Chairperson Mildred Wiley. “Beulah is an engaging team player who is committed to forging productive, lasting bonds with students, faculty and community members, which will allow her to effectively launch and lead a new high school for the Bronzeville community.”
While McLoyd was principal at Michele Clark High School, the CPS Office of Inspector General (OIG) determined that an employee at Michele Clark allegedly orchestrated a fraudulent purchasing and reimbursement scheme. The OIG investigated the matter and determined McLoyd improperly handled her password; however he did not conclude that she committed any intentional wrongdoing. Cook County authorities charged other employees with wrongdoing. Two defendants pleaded guilty.
CPS Chief Education Officer Janice Jackson praised McLoyd’s handling of the investigation.
“Beulah McLoyd’s integrity was scrutinized, and independent investigators determined that she had no knowledge of the scheme,” Jackson said. “I know the inquiry was an important learning experience for Beulah that has made her a stronger and wiser leader, and that she has taken to heart the old saying: ‘trust, but verify.’”
On October 1, CPS will launch its high school application period for School Year 2016-2017. From October 1 to December 11, families will have the opportunity to apply for high school programs including the new arts-focused neighborhood high school at Dyett. While spaces at Dyett will automatically be available for all residents living in Dyett’s neighborhood boundary, the school, like all CPS neighborhood high schools, will also be open to applicants from other areas of the city as space permits.
On Monday, CPS announced that two Technical Advisory Committees (TAC) will support the development of the new Dyett High School. The Arts TAC and the Innovation TAC, which are composed of leaders from some of the city’s top universities and cultural institutions, will provide strategic expertise to McLoyd to help ensure the school has the proper curriculum, resources and partnerships to be a lasting, positive force in the community.