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PRINCIPAL CONTRACTS Learna J. Brewer-Baker, interim principal at Austin High, becomes contract principal. … Michael Winston, former Fernwood assistant principal, is the new principal at Fulton. He replaces Deborah Edwards, who is now at Piccolo … Ida C. Stewart, interim principal at Carver Middle School, becomes contract principal. … Bessie Karvelas, former administrative coordinator at Kelly High, is the new principal at Von Humboldt. She replaces Christ Kalamatas, who retired this summer … Mary R. Ravid will continue as principal at O. A. Thorp.

PRINCIPAL RETIREMENTS Fred Kravarik, Marquette; Olga R. Saunders, Pershing; Theresa B. Smith, Hearst. Jacqueline J. BuFord-Gage is acting principal at Hearst.

MOVING IN/ON Leslie B. Lipschultz, former president of the Highland Park District 108 Board of Education, and later, a top state legislative aide, has been named education and tax policy manager for the Metropolitan Planning Council. Lipschultz will coordinate Network 21: Quality Schools and Stronger Communities, a civic coalition working to reform the financing and accountability of Illinois’ public schools. … Cindy S. Moelis is the new director of education initiatives at Business and Professional People for the Public Interest (BPI). She previously was a program officer for the Steans Family Foundation. Moelis succeeds Jeanne Nowaczewski, who is now the CPS director of small schools. … Blondean Davis, chief CPS officer for schools and regions from 1997 to 2001, is now a St. Xavier University associate professor in the education department. She is teaching five graduate-level courses covering the social context of schools and education administration.

UNION NEWS Thomas Reece, recently defeated in his bid for re-election as president of the Chicago Teachers Union, has retired as president of the Illinois Federation of Teachers. He is succeeded by James F. Dougherty, former Niles North High School biology teacher. Dougherty was a teacher for 36 years and president of the North Suburban Teachers Union for 21 years; he has been involved in IFT committees since 1981.

AT CLARK STREET Cynthia Greenleaf, former senior advisor for the School Partners Program, joins Alyson Cooke, a central office newcomer, as co-executive directors of a new unit, External Resources and Partnerships; they will work with the non-profit and philanthropic communities. Greenleaf is the wife of Jonathan Fanton, president of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. … The special leave of absence for Rudy J. Lubov has been extended one year to allow her to continue working with the Illinois State Board of Education as an educator-in-residence. … Shelia C. Riley, contracts investigations unit case manager, becomes the director. … Andres Durbak, associate director of Safety and Security, is now director. … Ana Espinoza, interim curriculum, instruction and professional development officer, is now the permanent officer. … Lynette Fu, former executive assistant to the chief accountability officer, is now grants monitor and support officer for the chief education officer. … John Harnedy, manager of equal educational opportunity programs, is now its director. … William McGowan, former assistant to the deputy superintendent for schools and regions, is now chief management support officer. … Ronald Whitmore, executive director of research and curriculum of the Office of Language, Cultural and Early Childhood Education, is now early childhood education officer.

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MOVING IN/ON Jobi Peterson, former executive director of the Mayer & Morris Kaplan Family Foundation, has joined the Civic Committee of the Commercial Club as educational policy analyst. She fills a vacancy left over a year ago when Elizabeth Evans left to become director of policy at the Illinois Facilities Fund. … Constance Yowell has joined the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation as program officer in the Human and Community Development Program, where she will work on child and youth development, education and juvenile justice. … Philip Jackson, former chief of staff to Paul Vallas and former CHA director, is leaving his post as education advisor to the mayor to become president and chief professional officer of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago.

AT CLARK STREET Kathleen M. Ryan is the new director of libraries and information services, a post vacant since Ann Carlson Weeks left last July. Ryan was previously a district chief at the Chicago Public Library, where she oversaw the city’s Far South Side branches. … Heather Crossley has been named deputy controller, a new post. Previously she oversaw Medicaid reimbursements in the Controller’s Department. … Lt. Col. Julius Taylor will retire in May as director of JROTC in the Office of Education-to-Careers. He will be replaced by Lt. Col. Rick W. Mills, who is now commanding a calvary regiment for the U. S. Army. … Rickey P. Dorsey, a manager in the Department of Truancy Prevention, has been named director of that department. He replaces Ronald Beavers, who left in October to become principal of Chicago Vocational Career Academy. … Anita Rocha has stepped into the position of deputy purchasing officer of the Procurement and Contract Department. Previously she was director of contract compliance and vendor services. …The new director of employee health services is Wendy A. Haas, formerly a branch manager for a managed care firm in Chicago. She replaces Michelle Quigley, who left for personal reasons last October.

PRINCIPAL CONTRACTS Interim principals who received contracts are James C. Lalley at Northside College Preparatory High and Robert C. Malek II at Locke Elementary. Okab T. Hassan, acting principal at Peck Elementary, also has received a contract. Deborah R. Esparza, principal at Stockton Child-Parent Center, had her contract renewed.

RETIREMENTS Albert E. Frost, Jr., director of school intervention, has retired. His duties will be handled on an interim basis by Guadalupe Shields, a former CPS principal and director of the Principal Institute at the University of Chicago’s Center for School Improvement.

NEW BUILDINGS The board acquired property for three new elementary school buildings, including a new building for DePriest Elementary to be located at 123-125 S. Parkside. Two new schools will be created: one in West Rogers Park at Whipple and North Shore and one in Albany Park at Lawndale and Leland. … The board also will open a new school—Johnnie Coleman Academy—in space to be leased from Christ University Temple at 119th and Ashland.

UNION ELECTIONS Deborah Lynch Walsh, an 8th-grade teacher at Marquette Elementary School, will again challenge Thomas Reece for president of the Chicago Teachers Union. Howard Heath, a math teacher at Lane Tech, will run on her slate for vice president. Walsh is the author of the newly published, “Labor of Love: One Chicago Teacher’s Experience,” which highlights her experience as a 25-year CPS teacher and union activist.

HONORS AND AWARDS Rochelle Lee was featured in the January issue of Chicago Magazine as one of eight “Chicagoans of 2000.” A former CPS librarian, Lee heads the Rochelle Lee Fund, which trains teachers to help children develop literacy skills and a love of reading. … Five Chicago public school teachers are among this year’s 10 winners of Golden Apple awards. They are Murray Fisher, a teacher at Southside Occupational Academy; Jacqueline Gnant, a physics teacher at DuSable High; Elizabeth Kirby, a history teacher at Kenwood Academy; Sarah Levine, an English teacher at Curry High; and Tracy Van Duinen, an art teacher at Austin Community High. They will be honored May 14 at a black-tie gala that will be televised on Channel 11, WTTW.

NEW PROGRAMS This fall, CPS will launch a pilot health program with $2.2 million from the $9 billion Illinois Tobacco Settlement the state will dole out over the next two decades. The Great Body Shop program will start next year in pre-K through 6th grades and expand to 7th and 8th grades the following year.

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MOVING IN/ON Richard Laine, formerly executive director of the Chicago-based Coalition of Educational Rights and finance analyst for the Chicago Panel on School Policy, has been named director of education policy and initiatives by the Illinois Business Roundtable. For the past four years, Laine was associate state superintendent of education. … Laurel Spitzbarth, coordinator in the Department of Information and Technological Services, retired after 38 years with the Chicago Public Schools. … Patricia Harvey, former chief accountability officer for CPS, is a finalist for superintendent of St. Paul (Minn.) Public Schools, which enrolls some 50,000 students. Harvey currently is director of urban education and a senior fellow at the National Center on Education and the Economy in Washington, D.C.

PRINCIPALS The following interim principals received four-year contracts: Victoria Ford, Calhoun North, and Lester Gaines, Curtis. … The following assistant principals have been appointed interim principal: Annie M. Camacho of Avondale to Logandale, Yvette Curington of Marconi to Goldblatt and James Felton of Randolph Magnet to Randolph Magnet.

NEW NAME The new Tonti/Peck Elementary School, 5534 S. St. Louis, has been named Socorro Lorena Sandoval Elementary School, after a Nightingale Elementary School teacher who was killed in a car accident in February 1998.

IN WASHINGTON D.C. In January, Lisette Martinez, the mother of two children enrolled in Chicago public high schools, testified in Washington D.C. in support of President Clinton’s proposal to triple federal funding for after-school and summer school programs. Joining Reform Board President Gery Chico, she explained to U.S. education officials and advocates meeting at the White House how such programs benefited her teenage daughter.

JANUARY BOARD ACTION The Reform Board voted to grant high school credit for 7th- and 8th-grade students enrolled in high school level courses at regional gifted centers, which include Bell, Beasley, Beaubien, Edison, Greeley, Keller, Lenart, Orozco, Pritzker and Pulaski.

The board also amended the Uniform Discipline Code to extend the use of the SMART Program (Saturday Morning Alternative Reachout and Teach) as an alternative to expulsion. Students who commit non-violent, non-threatening offenses that don’t involve guns are now eligible upon principal referral. The SMART Program provides drug rehabilitation and counseling; students must attend for at least seven weeks to avoid expulsion. The board also amended the code to require schools to notify police of a variety of offenses, including gambling, forgery, drug use and possession of a weapon; it also prohibited possession of laser pointers in school.

OPERATIONS MANAGERS Beginning in July, the board no longer will pick up the tab for operations and business managers at schools on academic probation. The board created the positions two years ago to give principals at probation schools more time to work on instructional programs. Schools that choose to keep the positions will have to fund them with their own discretionary money.

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AT PERSHING ROAD The Rev. Janette C. Wilson, who was executive director of Operation PUSH before it merged with the Rainbow Coalition, is heading up the Reform Board’s Interfaith Partnership project, working out of the Office of Schools and Regions. … Christine Hoagland, the system’s second budget director in two years, has stepped down and is now a budget advisor to Chief Executive Officer Paul Vallas. CPS Comptroller Andrew Gilchrist is acting budget director. … Karen Swoiskin, an assistant deputy director of user services in the information technology department, has been named treasurer. … Tim Martin has been named operations chief, replacing Ben Reyes, who now heads up the Public Building Commission.

MOVING IN/ON Molly Carroll, assistant director of the Chicago Teachers Union Quest Center, has been named president of the Illinois Association for Year-Round Education and has been reappointed to serve on the board of the National Association for Year-Round Education. … Ted Kimbrough, former Chicago Public Schools superintendent, has been ousted as superintendent of the Sacramento (Calif.) school system; he was hired by a lame-duck board and served eight months of a three-year contract. He departed with $286,529 and 18 months of health benefits. He was Sacramento’s fifth superintendent in four years.

PRINCIPALS Donald Pittman, a teacher at Carver High, has been named interim principal at Marshall High. … Faye Terrell-Perkins, an administrator in the Office of Accountability, has been named interim principal at Tilton Elementary. … Guadalupe Shields, director of the Principal Institute of the Center for School Improvement at the University of Chicago, has been named interim principal at Gale Community Academy. Previously, she was principal of Plamondon Elementary. … Janice Bell Ollarvia, interim principal at Fenger High, has been named principal.

RETIREMENTS The following principals have retired: Genevieve Massey, Caldwell Elementary, after 44 years as a CPS employee; Juanita Tucker, Phillips High, 43 years; and Ellen Jones, Burnham/Anthony Inclusive Academy, 40 years. … Raymond Johnson, Region 6 administrator, has retired after 33 years as a CPS employee.

NEW NAME The Courtenay Special Education Facility has been re-named the Courtenay Language Arts Center.

EARLY CHILDHOOD DOCUMENTARY WTTW Channel ll will rebroadcast “Ten Things Every Child Needs to Know,” a documentary that explores how, from birth, the experiences parents provide their children can influence brain development and, ultimately, enhance children’s lifelong ability to learn. Dates and times: April 23 at 8 p.m. and April 28 at 10 p.m.

SCHOOL FINANCE PRIMER The video and booklet, “What Price Good Education in Illinois,” is available from the League of Women Voters of Chicago for $10. There are quantity discounts on additional booklets. To receive an order form or a list of speakers from the League, call (312) 939-5935, ext. 26.

GOLDEN APPLES Three Chicago public school teachers are among 10 winners of the 1997 Golden Apple Teaching Award. They are: Clare Billingham, a bilingual teacher at Otis Elementary; Elise Mooney, a 3rd-grade teacher at Murray Language Academy; and Terry Morris, a 2nd-grade teacher at Dewey Academy.

TEACHER JOB FAIR The Chicago public schools will hold a job fair from 9 a.m. to noon, April 5 for elementary teachers and from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., April 12 for high school teachers. Openings exist for math, science and other specialty areas. Place: Malcolm X College, 1900 W. Van Buren. For more information: (773) 535-7632 or (773) 535-7661.

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NEW HIRES Chuck Burbridge, deputy chief fiscal officer, was deputy CFO for Cook County Bureau of Finance. Salary: $97,000. … Chris Hoagland, first deputy budget director, was assistant city budget director. Salary: $80,000. … Elaine Ferguson, director of Employee Health Services, was a private physician at American International Hospital. Salary: $80,000. … Andrea Kerr, director of academic program improvement, was principal of Mollison Elementary. Salary: $75,000.

NEW HIRES, CONTINUED The following administrators continue in their previous jobs: Walter Allen, director of Funded Programs; Fred Chesek, coordinator of Teachers for Chicago; Andrew Gilchrist, controller; Patricia Ann Johnson, coordinator of Teachers for Chicago; Alice Perez Peters, director of Language and Culture; Alvin Peterson, director of Equal Educational Opportunity Programs; Velma Thomas, director of Early Childhood Education.

REGION FACILITATORS The following have been appointed region facilitators for the Office of School and Community Relations. They are responsible for conflict management, coordinating LSC elections and providing liaison among the board, schools, community organizations and LSCs. Region 1: Ada Lopez, former co-director, Office for Reform. Region 2: Dolores Guerrero, former District 5 administrator. Region 3: James Deanes, former president, Parent Community Council. Region 4: William Davis, facilitator, Office of Funded Programs. Region 5: Beverly Butler, former coordinator, Office for Reform. Region 6. Estella Jarrett, former co-director, Office for Reform.

WEEKLY REFORM UPDATES The CityWide Coalition for School Reform is faxing weekly updates of school reform news and events. To get on the list or provide information, contact Grace Troccolo at (312) 431-8452.

DISPUTE RESOLUTION The Illinois Institute for Dispute Resolution is sponsoring a two-day workshop, “Creating the Peaceable School” on Jan. 30-31 at the Marriott Hotel in Chicago. Registration is $200 per person and should be made as soon as possible. For more information, call (217) 384-4118.

PRINCIPAL CONTRACTS The following administrators, teachers and assistant, acting and interim principals have received full principal contracts: Marjorie Adams, Nettlehorst; Alejandro Alvarez, Bowen High; Shirley Antwi-Barfi, Jensen/Miller Child/Parent Center; Renaud Beaudoin, Newberry; Beverly Bennett, Simpson Alternative High; Myron Berger, Near North Special Education Center; Lona Bibbs, Westinghouse Vocational High; James Burns, Henry; Arlene Coffey, Esmond; Isabel Mesa Collins, Drummond; Michael Connolly, Canty; Carolyn Draper, Cullen; Lloyd Ehrenberg, Prussing.

MORE NEW PRINCIPALS Barbara Ellis, Bennett/Shedd; John Everett, Simeon Vocational High; Diane Grissett, Gompers; Roy Pletsch, De La Cruz; Jerome Presley, Warren; Henry Rice, Penn; M. Graciela Shelley, Darwin; Virginia Rivera, McCormick; Oliver Ruff, Williams; Cheryl Rutherford, Lindblom Technical High; Barbara Sims, Shoesmith; Barbara Stepto, Mahalia Jackson; Jacqueline Taylor-Anderson, Young; Lawrence Turner, Mann; Arthur Wimberly, Carver High.

PRINCIPAL CONTRACTS RENEWED Milton Albritton, Wadsworth; Patricia Anderson, Sullivan High; William Auski, Farren; Gloria Baker, O’Keefe; Patricia Bauldrick, Bontemps; Sharon Bean, Hinton; Anthony Biegler, South Loop; Lionel Bordelon, Kozminski; Alford Bridges, Gresham; Joyce Bristow, Black Magnet; Myrtle Burton-Sahara, Locke; Phyllis Charles, Hitch; Kathleen Connors, Lyon; Patricia Doherty, Washington; Rickey Dorsey, Smyth/Joyner Child/Parent Center; Barbara Eason-Watkins, McCosh; Barbara Edwards, Harlan High; Warren Franczyk, Bethune; Winifred French, Reavis; Inez Garber, McCutcheon; Sherye Garmony-Miller, Gregory; Stuart Gold, Gray; Louise Harris-Perez, Key; John Hawkins, Woodson South; Maria Lucila Howell, Tonti; Georgia Hudson, Lathrop; Howard Jackson, Dewey Academy and Child/Parent Center; Joyce Johnson, Dubois; Patrick Keating Sr., Dirksen; Karen Kerr, Bond; Carl Lawson Sr., Price.

MORE RENEWALS Noel LeVeaux, Mason; Fausto Lopez, Jungman; Diane Maciejewski, Edgebrook; James Malles, Medill Intermediate and Upper; Nora Malloy, Frazier; Barbara Martin, Hoyne; Genevieve Massey, Caldwell; Carolyn McGehee, Curtis; James Menconi, Monroe; William Meuer, Norwood Park; Harold Miller, Jefferson; Charles Mingo, DuSable High; Rita Mitchell, Carter; Geraldine Moore, Beidler; Gary Morielio, Gladstone; Janice Preston, Ryder; Barbara Reid Gardner, Hirsch High; Rachel Resnick, Field; C. Scott Rzechula, Burr; Donald Schmitt, Ryerson; Angelena Smith, Carroll and Rosenwald branch; Peter Smith, Neil; Gloria Stratton, Niños Heroes; Allen Stringfellow, Dodge; Gail Ward, Agassiz; Earl Williams, Avalon Park; Mary Williams, Tesla Alternative High; Dorothy Young, Delano.