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AT CLARK STREET Xavier Botana, a former administrator with the Illinois State Board of Education, has been appointed director of teacher accountability. Botana replaces Sandra A. Givens, who retired. …Carlos Rosa, previously director of school quality assurance in the Office of Accountability, has been appointed deputy chief accountability officer. Rosa replaces Alice Perez-Peters, who retired. Joseph Atria will take over Rosa’s former post. …Joseph Hahn is now director of assessment and compliance, a new title. Responsibility for research, which Hahn previously managed, was shifted to the department of research and program evaluation.

MOVING IN/MOVING ON Effective June 1, Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot has been named chair of the board of directors at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Lawrence-Lightfoot, the Emily Hargroves Fisher Professor of Education at Harvard University, has been a board member since 1991. She succeeds outgoing chair John E. Corbally. … Former Chicago Tribune writer John McCarron left his post as communications director at the Metropolitan Planning Council in January. Kim Grimshaw Bolton is replacing him.

PRINCIPAL RETIREMENTS The following principals have retired: Sheila Schlaggar, Edison Regional Gifted Center; Charlotte Ann Blackman, Chalmers; Gloria Rice-Woolfolk, Faraday; Curtis Murphy, Carver Military Academy. Saundra Gray, previously assistant principal, is acting principal at Edison. Patricia Vaughn-Dossiea, previously assistant principal, is contract principal at Chalmers. Victoria Ford, former principal at Calhoun North, is acting principal at Faraday. Cynthia Hannah is acting principal at Calhoun North. Dr. William Johnson, former assistant principal, is acting principal at Carver.

PRINCIPAL CONTRACTS Phyliss Crombie-Brown, previously desegregation coordinator for Region 5, has been named contract principal at Ron Brown Elementary. Arey DeSadier, former assistant principal at Lewis, is now contract principal at Fort Dearborn. He replaces Nina Cook, who retired.

LSC AWARDS Six schools were honored at the Union League Club with “Gold Star” awards, which recognize exemplary councils for their work. The winners include: Lake View High, Nash Elementary, Galileo Elementary, Telpochcalli Elementary, Dawes Elementary and Mireles Academy. The competition was sponsored by the Chicago Successful Schools Project and a committee of civic and community leaders.

BRIDGE OF BOOKS PROJECT Sue Hepker, a consultant for the Illinois Resource Center, will head up Bridge of Books, a project that pairs four public elementary schools in Chicago with four schools in Gauteng, South Africa. Fifth-graders from both schools will use the Internet and e-mail to teach each other about their respective cultures. Hepker, who was educated in South Africa, emigrated to Chicago in 1996 and has been working with the Bridge of Books project for the Illinois Resource Center since 1997. Hepker also serves as co-director of Hug-A-Book, an inner-city literacy program used by Head Start and day care centers.


The Chicago Assistant Principals Association is hosting a seminar Saturday, April 6, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Quality Inn at 1 S. Halsted. Michael Mahone, chief investigator for the department of school and community relations, is the guest speaker. The free seminar is open to non-members and carries a unit of professional development credit. For more information, call (773) 553-2406.

Compiled by Leah Kerkman

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AT CLARK STREET Elaine L. Williams, an associate CPS attorney, has been appointed chief technology officer for the Department of Information Technology Services. She has been acting director since Richard Koeller was fired earlier this year after an unsatisfactory audit of his performance. Salary: $115,000. … CPS awarded a $65,800 security consulting contract to its retired human resources director, Thomas J. Doyle. Doyle will oversee budget and training for the Bureau of Safety and Security on a part-time basis. He also will serve as CPS liaison to the Chicago and Illinois police departments.

MOVING IN/ON New York University education professor Ellen Condliffe Lagemann succeeds Patricia Albjerg Graham, who is retiring, as president of The Spencer Foundation. Graham, a professor of education history at Harvard, has been president since 1991. … Louise Sloan, director of market development at Navy Pier, has been named executive director of Project Exploration, a non-profit science-based organization founded by University of Chicago paleontologist Dr. Paul Sereno and his wife, educator Gabrielle Lyon. …Wendy M. Stack, who oversaw school-community partnerships for the Chicago Teachers Center, has been appointed partnership director of GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness Undergraduate Programs), a five-year, $31 million grant the U.S. Department of Education awarded to the Chicago Education Alliance last August. Teryl Ann Rosch, director of the Alliance, oversees grant administration. … Kenneth L. Hunter, on loan from the CPS Office of Accountability to the Illinois State of Board of Education, is serving as educator-in-residence for a year at East St. Louis High School. Hunter is a former assistant principal at Amundsen High.

PRINCIPAL REMOVALS The School Board has formally removed the following principals from schools that have not made sufficient academic progress since being placed on probation: Wesley Smith, Corliss; Frank M. Lacey, Gage Park; Daisy Bell, Hirsch Metro; and Robert Gutter, Wright. They will serve out the remainder of their principal contracts at central office, receiving the same salary and benefits.

NEW SCHOOLS In March, the School Board approved spending nearly $400,000 to buy land to build two new schools, an elementary school at 6925 N. Clark to relieve overcrowding at Field Elementary, and a middle school at 3727 W. Leland to relieve overcrowding at Haugan Elementary.

COURT WATCH Twenty-three former CPS bilingual teachers received $5,000 each to settle a dispute with the School Board over their employment. The teachers held temporary teaching certificates, but most had sued the state and won letters of eligibility for permanent certification. CPS, however, declined to honor the documents. Meanwhile, an eight-year window had closed for the teachers to pass a state certification test. Since none had passed within that time, they were honorably terminated. As a result of the settlement, the board, which needs more bilingual instructors, will provide and pay for an eight-week test-prep course for the teachers. The next state certification test is scheduled for July 8.

Conference The Neighborhood Capital Budget Group (NCBG) will host its first national conference on May 23-24 in Washington, D.C. The watchdog group, which monitors spending on Chicago school repair, construction and overcrowding, expects to convene a group of 60 activists from across the country to attend the event. The conference offers participants the opportunity to network and share ideas on raising money for school facilities projects. “People feel isolated working on these problems and yet they’re the same problems,” says Fran Gamwell, the director of NCBG’s Rebuilding America’s Schools project. Gamwell has been visiting other school districts to spread the news about successful school repair initiatives in Chicago. “Chicago has done extraordinarily well, but we can’t catch up without federal funds,” she says.

SUMMER JOBS CPS plans to use surplus funds from this year’s budget to provide summer jobs for an additional 10,000 low-income youth. The move comes in response to a change in federal policy that threatened to cut nearly in half the number of federally funded summer jobs.

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MOVING IN/ON James Lewis, vice president for Research and Planning at the Chicago Urban League, is moving to Roosevelt University as director of the Institute for Metropolitan Affairs. … Carolyn Cyriaque, a 1996 Golden Apple fellow who taught at Coles Elementary, has been hired as director of Golden Apple Teacher Scholars, a program that recruits high school students to become teachers. She will work with the scholars in their first teaching assignments. … DePaul University has named Quintin Vargas, previously an associate professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio, as its new dean of education. Vargas succeeds Gayle Mindes, who has been acting dean since Barbara Sizemore retired last summer. … Natividad Hernandez, immigration coordinator for the United Neighborhood Organization, is the new chair of the citywide Multilingual Parents Council, serving a one-year term.

AT CLARK STREET Toni Hill was named manager of recruitment in the Department of Human Resources. Hill held a similar post at Motorola. … Wilfredo Ortiz, principal of Curie High School, was promoted to the newly-created position of chief of high school development. Ortiz will report to Powhatan Collins, director of high school organization. … Several members of the school leadership team moved over to the Chicago Housing Authority over the summer. Phillip Jackson, chief of staff to Paul Vallas, was named executive director. David Agazzi, former CPS budget director, was named chief financial officer. Former Reform Board member Sharon Gist Gilliam was named board chair. Diane Grigsby Jackson, deputy chief of staff for Vallas, moved up into the school post Jackson left.

ELECTION 2000 Community organizers are getting a head start on planning next year’s local school council election in April. Idida Perez of West Town Leadership Project and Janet McFarlane of Rainbow/Push are co-chairs of the organizing committee. Dany Fleming of Leadership for Quality Education is convening a business partnership committee. Joe Burnett of Schools First and the Rev. Zarina Suarez O’Hagin of the Lawyers’ School Advisory Project are co-chairs of the training committee. The work is being done under the auspices of the Chicago School Leadership Cooperative.

PRINCIPALS Judith Kandalec, formerly the assistant principal at Sherman Elementary, has been appointed interim principal. … Assistant principals Curtis R. Murphy of Carver High and Beth M. Sagett of Alcott Elementary have been appointed contract principals. Interim principals Yvette R. Curington of Goldblatt Elementary and Irene Milka Damota of Clemente High have received four-year contracts. … The following high school principals had their contracts renewed: Alejandra Alvarez, Bowen; Lona C. Bibbs, Westinghouse; John E. Everett, Simeon; Essie M. Lucas, Tilden; and Melver L. Scott, Crane.

The following elementary school principals had their contracts renewed: Patricia A. Bauldrick, Bontemps; Renaud Beaudoin, Newberry; Alan L. Berger, McKay; Myron M. Berger, Near North Special Education Center; Charlotte A. Blackman, Chalmers; Mary M. Burke, Turner-Drew Lang.; Myrtle K. Burton-Sahara, Locke; Eduardo Cadavid, Cooper; Camille E. Chase, McPherson; Emmerine A. Clarkston, Evers; Ethel J. Collier, Burnside; Isabel Mesa-Collins, Drummond; Joanne H. Davis, Armour; Barbara J. Ellis, Bennett/Shedd; Warren R. Franczyk, Bethune; Donald Fumo, Moos/Rocha; Inez G. Garber, McCutcheon; John J. Garvey, Foreman; and Sandra A. Givens, Spencer.

Also, Diane K. Grissett, Gompers; Robert A. Guercio, Bell; John F. Hawkins, Woodson South; Leon Hudnall, Jr., Morse; Georgia C. Hudson, Lathrop; Ronald A. James, Avondale; Karen L. Kerr, Bond; Richard D. Kerr, Nash; Nancy L. Laho, Burley; Noel A. LeVeaux, Mason; Nora J. Malloy, Frazier; Bonnie Marshall, Reed; Freddie McGee, Ross/Cockrell Child Parent Center; Therese McManamon, Peterson; Kenneth R. Millar, Dever; Janice Preston, Ryder; John P. Reilly, Portage Park; Ida G. Simmons, Deneen; Betty F. Smith, Douglass Middle; Cecilia M. Smith, Kohn; Peter D. Smith, Neil; Victor Tocwish, Bright; Gail D. Ward, Agassiz; and Paul Zavitkovsky, Boone.

NEW NAMES Bryn Mawr Elementary School has been renamed the Dr. Edward Alexander Bouchet Math and Science Academy. …The Chicago Public Schools academic transition centers are now academic preparatory centers named for leading local citizens. Transition A is now William E. Rodriguez; Transition B, Carmel B. Harvey Jr.; Transition C, Milton Lee Olive III; Transition D, John H. Sengstacke; Transition E, Charles A. Hayes; Transition F, Irene C. Hernandez; Transition G, Dr. Samuel D. Proctor; Transition H, Thomas A. Dorsey; Transition I, Cecil A. Partee.