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AT CLARK STREET The Office of High School Development has been reorganized again. Sandra Fontanez-Phelan has been promoted from manager to director of high school design and support. She succeeds Edward T. Klunk, who was named deputy officer, high school cluster north, a new position. Powhatan Collins, former deputy officer of the Office of High School Development, was named deputy officer, high school cluster south. Wilfredo Ortiz is the top high school official. Klunk had been principal of Amundsen; Collins, of Whitney Young; and Ortiz, of Curie. … Georgette Hamilton has been promoted from manager to director of risk and benefits management. She succeeds Cynthia Asghar, who now is the district’s deputy chief fiscal officer. Asghar succeeds Chuck Burbridge, who has left CPS.

PRINCIPAL APPOINTMENTS Rita Stasi, a teacher at Corkery, has received a principal contract for that school. Judith J. Adams, assistant principal at Jefferson, and Christine Ogilvie, assistant principal at Warren, have become contract principals at their schools. Learna Brewer-Baker, assistant principal at Collins High, has been appointed interim principal at Austin High, succeeding Arthur Slater, who is now an administrator in Region 3. Interim principals Miguel Trujillo at Roosevelt High and Rayna Murphy at Burnside Elementary have received four-year contracts. Ron Beavers, former director of truancy prevention, has been appointed interim principal at Chicago Vocational Career Academy. He is the fourth interim principal since Betty Despenza-Green retired last April.

RETIREMENTS Principals who are retiring: Myrtle Kelly Burton-Sahara, Locke; Jessie L. Butts, Lovett; Terrence J. Murray, Garvy; Therese B. McManamon, Peterson; Ronald K. Clayton, Walsh.

TUNNEY CHALLENGE Another contest is in the offing for president of the Chicago Association of Principals and Administrators (CPAA). “We need a change in leadership,” says Clarice Jackson-Berry, principal of Fiske and a CPAA governing board member since 1990. While Jackson-Berry generally is considered to be a candidate, she says she will not comment until March on whether she is running. The election will be held in May. Beverly Tunney, who became full-time president of the association in 1993, has faced opposition only once, in 1998. That year, she was forced to run as the challenger after poor attendance at a nominating committee meeting put control of the committee into the hands of a group that was unhappy with her leadership. Tunney won by a “landslide,” according to a spokesperson. To run, candidates either must win the backing of the nominating committee or get 50 members to sign a petition.

NEW CHARTER GROUP Greg Richmond, director of the CPS charter school office, has created the National Association of Charter School Authorizers to increase communication among the administrators from school districts, universities, state agencies and other institutions that grant charters. In most places, these individuals operate in isolation from the broader education community, he says. The association’s goal, he says, is to promote the creation and operation of quality charter schools that will test new school designs as well as offer greater educational opportunities. So far it has 500 members. Richmond is founder and president of the association.

STUDENTS SALUTE TEACHERS Freshmen at St. Ignatius College Prep selected 40 of their elementary and middle-grade teachers for special recognition; the teachers were saluted for their professionalism, caring and enthusiasm. They included six CPS teachers: Ted Bartlett, Lincoln Elementary; Brigid Cashman, Edison Regional Gifted Center; Luba Markewycz, LaSalle Language Academy; Patrick Brian, Morgan Park High School; Ellse Mooney, Murray Language Academy; and Betty Morley, Lenart Regional Gifted Center.

LSC TRAINING DAY The Chicago School Leadership Cooperative has organized a day of free LSC training on Dec. 9. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the University of Illinois, College of Education, 1040 W. Harrison. It will include required and supplemental topics, including lessons on LSC effectiveness and improving educational quality. LSC members joining councils for the first time since spring are required to complete 18 hours of training by the end of the year or face dismissal. Participants should bring their lunch. Pre-registration is not required but recommended. For more information, call (312) 499-4800.

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LSC VOTER TURNOUT The CPS Department of School and Community Relations reported the following voter turnout results: 52,611 parents; 25,739 staff members; 15,948 community members and 39,413 students. The voter count decreased in every category from the 1996 elections, with an overall drop of 23 percent. The final election results will not be available until results of ties and contested positions are in.

AT PERSHING ROAD Joyce Bristow, former principal of Black Magnet, and, briefly, executive assistant to Chief Education Officer Cozette Buckney, has been named chief liaison officer for the Chicago Public Schools and the Illinois State Board of Education. Salary: $97,500. Thomas Little, Black’s assistant principal, has been named interim principal there. … Bryn Mawr Elementary Principal Yvonne Bennett has been named assistant director of the Special Projects/Parents as Teachers First department. School Board consultant Edith Sims-Davis, retired principal of Corliss High, is serving as Bryn Mawr’s interim principal.

PRINCIPAL CONTRACTS The following interim principals have been awarded principal contracts at elementary schools: Beverly Blake, Libby; Lawrence Chase, Disney; Nina M. Cook, Fort Dearborn; Barbara T. Glapa, Hedges; JoAnne Gray, Burnham/Anthony Inclusive Academy; Olga LaLuz, Chase; Andrea Newman, DuBois; Mary Ravid, O.A. Thorp; Barbara J. Roberts, Carpenter; and Pierce N. Vaughn, Overton. … Lori Lennix has received a contract at Doolittle East Intermediate and Upper Grade Center. … High school principal contracts have gone to interim principals John Butterfield, Mather; Judith Hernandez, Senn; Sandra Morrow, Graham Training Center; Wesley Smith Jr., Corliss; and Karen Wilson, Julian.

INTERIM PRINCIPALS The following have been named interim principals at elementary schools: Jo Marie Cooper, teacher at Oglesby, Oglesby; Gregory Strickler-Poe, teacher at Steinmetz High, Mount Vernon; and Betty Johnson-Rojas, assistant principal at Haugan, Haugan. (The Haugan LSC offered Johnson-Rojas a contract on April 8.). … Doris Spraggins, a teacher at Harte Elementary, has been named interim principal following the departure of Principal Diana C. Rochon, who left after the Harte council decided not to renew her contract.

PRIZE PRINCIPALS Winners of this year’s School Leadership Awards for Outstanding Principals have been announced. The award, administered jointly by the Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Principals and Administrators Association, includes a $5,000 check. In elementary schools, winners are: Eleanor Addison, McDade; Gloria Archibold, Leland; Cynthia K. Barron, Addams; Alford G. Bridges, Gresham; Nancy Carter-Hill, Pirie; Hellen DeBerry, Earhart; Emil W. DeJulio, Swift; Rita Gardner, Shields; James B. Gilliat, Pasteur; Robert A. Guercio, Bell; Rollie O. Jones, Kellman Corporate; Chris N. Kotis, Beaubien; Nancy Laho, Burley; Fausto Lopez, Jungman; William G. Meuer, Norwood Park; Elena Savoy, Wildwood; Martha Silva-Vera, P. Sheridan; Andrew J. Tinich, Lincoln. In high schools, winners are Charles Alexander, Morgan Park; Constantine P. Kiamos, Steinmetz; Edward Klunk, Amundsen; and Mary A. Williams, Tesla Alternative.

CPAA ELECTION UPDATE Four additional candidates have joined the contest for general officers of the Chicago Principals and Administrators Association; each is running against a candidate slated by the association’s nominating committee. (See Catalyst, April 1998.) Ana Correa, CPAA program director, is running for secretary. Candidates for vice president are Phyllis D. Tate, principal of Einstein Elementary, elementary principals; Frank D. Horton III, principal of South Shore High, high school principals; and Sheryl Brown-Rivers, assistant principal at Amundsen High, high school assistant principals. … Another candidate’s name was misspelled in the April issue. Amirita Rogers, assistant principal of Park Manor Elementary, is the nominating committee’s choice for vice president for elementary assistant principals.

CTU CHALLENGERS Deborah Walsh, a Marquette Elementary School teacher who is challenging incumbent Thomas Reece for president of the Chicago Teachers Union, has announced her slate: James Alexander of Carver High, vice president; Jay Rehak of Whitney Young High, recording secretary; Jacquelyn Price of Revere Elementary, financial secretary, and Barbara Hammonds, a career service employee at Ariel Community Academy, treasurer. The election will be held May 15.

MUSIC GRANTS Teachers in any subject may apply for prizes of $500 to $1,000 from the American Music Education Initiative, which aims to improve music education by publicizing and rewarding excellent lessons that use American music. Deadline Sept 1. For more information, contact National Music Foundation’s Gene Wenner at (413) 637-1800 or e-mail

FOUNDATION MOVES Martin Koldyke has been named to the executive committee, or governing board, of the Chicago Community Trust. Koldyke is founder of the Golden Apple Foundation, which has several partnerships with the Chicago Public Schools. … Aida Sanchez-Romano, former executive director of Aspira Inc. of Illinois, is now assistant director of the Trust’s Children, Youth and Families Initiative, managing grantmaking in Logan Square and Edgewater/Uptown, two of the seven communities involved. (The others are Cabrini Green, Greater Grand Boulevard, North Lawndale, West Town and the Southwest Side.)

GATE APPLICANTS About 100 individuals have applied to become math and science teachers through the new Golden Apple Teacher Education (GATE) program. (See CATALYST, March 1998.) “I was disappointed with the low number of applicants but very pleased with the quality” says Dominic Belmonte, director of teacher education for the Golden Apple Foundation. About 2,700 individuals inquired about the program, and 700 requested applications. GATE has not compiled a demographic profile on the applicants, but Belmonte says about 60 percent are minority and that they come from a wide range of professions, including law, accounting and psychiatry. Thirty-six candidates will be selected by May 16.

BROADCAST NEWS Chicago’s WBEZ-FM took first and second place in the radio category of the national awards contest sponsored by the Education Writers Association. Esme Codell and Jay Allison came in first with “Call Me Madame,” a rookie teacher’s audio diary. Second place went to Jody Becker for her series, “Reconstitution: A Final Attempt at School Reform.” … WYCC-TV (Channel 20) welcomes three new staffers for its show Educate, which covers a wide range of educational issues. They are: Lisa Shaughnessy, producer; Tawny Alexander, associate producer; and Micaela Kim, reporter. … Parents United for Responsible Education has launched PURE-TV, a half-hour call-in show aired at 4:30 p.m. every Wednesday on cable’s Channel 21. PURE staffers Johnny O. Holmes and Ismael Vargas host the show, which will cover such topics as the Reform Board’s bilingual education policy, LSC powers, school safety and the importance of parent involvement.

READING HOTSEAT Timothy Shanahan, an urban education professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Thomas Trabasso, a psychology professor at the University of Chicago, have been named to a controversial new federal panel that will evaluate various strategies for teaching children to read. The panel’s findings may be used to determine which programs will be eligible for hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding. … Before the panel was even appointed, critics suggested that its findings would be biased towards phonics-based approaches to reading instruction and give short shrift to other methods. “I think we’ll be able to come up with fair and cogent guidelines,” says Shanahan, but he notes that any findings are likely to be controversial. “In some ways I’d love not to be in on it, but if you’re not in on it once you’ve been invited, you lose your rights to complain.”

LSC CONVENTION The Chicago Association of Local School Councils will host its third LSC convention, “Achievement through Technology: Leading Schools to the Future” June 5-6 at the Clarion Hotel. It will include a resource exposition, hands-on computer workshops, advice from experts and an educational policy forum. The convention is open to all past, present and newly-elected LSC members. For more information, call CALSC Director Sheila Castillo at (312) 663-3863.

TEST QUESTIONS “How do we know what students know? Measuring student learning,” a free workshop on standardized tests, will be held May 2, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Roosevelt University, 430 S. Michigan, room 362. It is open to parents, teachers, LSC members and others interested in testing. Sponsors are the Chicago Association of Local School Councils, Parents United for Responsible Education, Leadership for Quality Education, the Teachers’ Task Force, the Chicago Education Alliance, Designs for Change, the Lawyers’ School Reform Advisory Project and the Consortium on Chicago School Research. To reserve a spot, call Wendy Jo Harmston at CALSC: (312) 663-3863.

CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT HEARINGS The final Reform Board hearings on the latest version of its Capital Improvement Plan will be held at 7 p.m. May 5 (Curie High, 4954 S. Archer) and May 7 (Walsh Elementary, 2031 S. Peoria). Copies of the plan, which outlines hundreds of millions of dollars in school repair and construction projects, are available for inspection at all public libraries and Chicago public schools.

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MOVING IN/ON Fred Hess, executive director of the Chicago Panel on School Policy for the past 13 years, has resigned to join the faculty of Northwestern University, where he will be a research professor in the School of Social Policy and Education. Assistant Director Barbara Buell is serving as acting executive director. … Matthew Pickering, an executive with EVEREN Securities, has become executive director of WITS (Working in the Schools), replacing Maxine Duster. EVEREN was one of the first corporations to partner with WITS, setting up a program that gives employees time off to tutor Chicago public school students. … William L. Roberts, past chair of the Lindblom High LSC, has been elected board chair of the Chicago Association of Local School Councils. Roberts was a Tuskeegee Airman.

HIGH SCHOOL REORGANIZATION Created just last year, the Department of High School Services and Support has been reorganized. Now called the Unit of High School Reorganization, it continues under the direction of Powhatan Collins. … Jacqueline Simmons, assistant to Collins, has retired. … Beverly LaCoste, principal of Kenwood High, is the new director of high school restructuring, replacing Tam Hill, who returned to Calumet High as principal. … Linda Layne, who headed up articulation, is now director of the new College Bridge Program.

Three high school departments have been relocated. Alternative Schools is now in Specialized Services under Sue Gamm; its director, Ron Beavers, now heads up Truancy Prevention, which has been placed in the Department of Investigations. … Physical Development and Health is now in School Leadership and Development under Lula Ford; J. W. Smith remains department director. … Vocational and Technical Education is now in Schools and Regions under Blondean Davis; Diane Grigsby-Jackson, who previously worked for the city, is the new director, replacing Charles Vietzen, who has returned to Hubbard High as principal.

PROMOTIONS, DEPARTURES Christine Hoagland, first deputy budget director, has replaced David Agazzi as budget director. Salary: $93,000. Agazzi resigned to become director of financial planning for the city of Portland, Ore. … Robert Markin, former chief attorney, is now chief of staff for the Reform Board. Salary: $110,000. Marilyn Johnson, first assistant attorney, succeeds Markin as chief attorney. Salary: $110,000. Kathyrn Nelson, director of labor relations, has replaced Johnson as first assistant attorney. Salary: $93,000. … Ann Carlson Weeks, executive director of the Association for Library Services to Children at the American Library Association, is director of Library and Information Services, a new post. … Former subdistrict superintendents Joan Ferris and Jim Maloney are now consultants in the Office of Regions and Schools. … Rudy Lubov, principal at Bateman Elementary, will head up the system’s literacy program.

PRINCIPALS The following interim, acting and assistant principals have received principal contracts: George Whitley, LeMoyne; Helen Craft, Yale; Elizabeth Elizondo, Finkl; Kathryn Ruffalo, Sullivan High; Millicent Russell, Van Vlissingen; Julius Anderson, C. Hughes; Flora Dangerfield, Gary; Cynthia Fitzpatrick, Schiller; Mahalia Hines, Hope; Terry Mandujano, McAuliffe; Gladys Pruitt, Lewis; Dorothy Walton-Jarrett, Sayre Language. … Wilfredo Ortiz, principal of Lowell Elementary, has become principal of Curie High, replacing Walter Pilditch, who is now working in the Office of Accountability. Julio Cruz, assistant principal at Darwin, succeeds Ortiz at Lowell. … Patricia Kent, assistant principal at Hefferan, is now principal at Penn. … James Conway, assistant principal at Kenwood High, is now principal at Sutherland. … Linda Cole, assistant principal at Poe Classical, is now principal at Keller Gifted Center. … Charles Trevino, facilitator in Region 6, is now principal of J.N. Thorp.

PRINCIPAL CONTRACTS RENEWED Aurelio Acevedo, Lozano; Deborah Anderson, Christopher; Yvonne Austin, Plamondon; Jose Barillas, Marshall Middle; Beverly Blackwood, Douglas Community Academy; Ervin Bond, Fernwood; Christine Clayton, Senn Academy; Betty Despenza-Green, Chicago Vocational; Cynthia Felton, Orr High; Charles Giglio, Linne; Charlotte Gray, Dumas; Chris Kotis, Beaubien; James Norris, Park Manor; Mary Nyhan, Arts of Living; Elena O’Connell, Corkery; Robert Pales, Henson; Julius Patterson, Drake; Tomas Revollo, Waters; Marcey Reyes, Seward; Jack Rocklin, Cleveland; Alice Rucker, Marconi; Sheila Schlaggar, Edison Gifted; Allan Singer, Durso; Gail Szulc, Oriole Park; Craig Williams, Oglesby; Debrona Banks, Tilton.

NEW ADDRESSES The Region l office has moved from Norwood Elementary to the Avondale Office Center, 6323 N. Avondale, on the 2nd floor. (312) 534-1100. … The Region 4 office has moved from the former Oakenwald School to the Illinois Institute of Technology Research Institute on the 10th floor. (312) 535-1070.

TEACHER GRANTS Sept. 30 is the deadline for elementary teachers in the Chicago public schools to apply for small grants (up to $400) from the Chicago Foundation for Education. Application packets are being sent to all elementary principals; applications should be mailed to the foundation, 400 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60611. Phone: (312) 670-2323.

YOUTH RIGHTS Youth and Society: Rights and Responsibilities, a book on laws, rules and regulations that apply to people under age 18 in Illinois, is available from the Constitutional Rights Foundation of Chicago. Cost: $2.50 plus shipping and handling. To order, contact the foundation, 407 S. Dearborn, Suite 1700, Chicago, IL, 60605. Phone: (312) 663-9057. Fax: (312) 633-4321.

GOLDEN APPLE Dec. 2 is the deadline for submission of nominations for the 12th Annual Golden Apple Awards, this year recognizing teachers in preschool through 5th grade. To obtain a nomination form, contact the foundation, 8 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 700, Chicago, Il. 60603-3318. Phone: (312) 407-0006.