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MOVING IN/ON Terry Mazany, chief operating officer of the Chicago Community Trust, will step into the top spot when CEO Donald Stewart relinquishes the post on July 1. Stewart, who has led the foundation since 2000, will continue as president until January 2005, when Mazany assumes both titles. Mark Rigdon, formerly a senior program officer at the Spencer Foundation, has joined the Trust in a similar capacity and will be responsible for grant proposals from CPS. … The Chicago Public Education Fund elected three new members to its board on April 29. They are: Education Fund President Janet Knupp; Frank Techar, president and CEO of Harris Bank; and Patricia Saldana Natke, president and co-founder of Urban Works, a minority women-owned architecture and planning firm in Chicago. They join the following board members who were elected last fall: Judy Dimon; Deborah Bricker, president of Bricker Partners LLC; and Jana Schreuder, executive vice president of Northern Trust. Timothy Schwertfeger, chairman and CEO of Nuveen Investments, will succeed Chicago Tribune Publisher Scott Smith as the board chair next year. … Barbara Holt, who was 5th Ward Alderman in the late 1990s, was named education director for Chicago Urban League.

AT CLARK STREET Barbara Bowman, a professor and co-founder of the Erikson Institute, will oversee CPS early childhood programs beginning June 1. She replaces Lucinda Lee Katz, who moved to California and will head the Marin Country Day School. … Hosanna Mahaley, who previously reported to Chief Education Officer Barbara Eason-Watkins, was named chief of staff to CEO Arne Duncan. … Mayor Richard Daley named Mary Ellen Caron, previously a special assistant to Arne Duncan, to head the city’s new Department of Children and Youth Services. Caron, who founded and directed Francis Xavier Warde, a pre-K to 8th-grade Catholic school, will oversee city programs for children and teens, including federal Head Start.

PRINCIPAL CONTRACTS Two interim principals have been awarded contracts: Dyrice Garner, Beethoven, and David Pino, McAuliffe. Contracts for the following principals were renewed: Aurelio Acevedo, Lozano; Yvonne Austin, Plamondon; Jose Barillas, Marshall Middle; Bernadette Butler, Agassiz; Flora E. Dangerfield, Gary; David J. Domovic, Alcott; Vivian Edwards, Schneider; Charles Giglio, Linne; Charlotte Gray, Dumas; Chris N. Kotis, Beaubien; Patricia Kent, Penn; Shirley Miggins, McDade; Robert J. Pales, Henson/Olive; Gino Pesce, Sayre; Tomás E. Revollo, Waters; Marcy G. Reyes, Seward; Gladys. B. Rivera, Lowell; Jack W. Rocklin, Cleveland; Sylvia A. Rodriguez, Nathan Davis; Gail W. Szulc, Oriole Park.

ELECTIONS Chicago Teachers Union President Deborah Lynch received 42 percent of the 21,439 votes cast in the May 21 election, not enough win a majority. Instead, she will face second-place challenger Marilyn Stewart, who got 31 percent, in a run-off election to be held June 11. … Clarice Berry has been elected to serve a full term as president of the Chicago Principals and Administrators Association after serving out the term of her predecessor Beverly Tunney, who died last year. About 900 of the group’s 1,400 eligible members voted by mail-in ballots.

NEW SCHOOL CEO Arne Duncan broke ground on a new school that was designed to be friendly to the environment. Tarkington Elementary, to be built at 3330 W. 71st St., is registered with the U.S. Green Council, which so far has certified four public schools nationwide as “green.” Tarkington will enroll 1,000 students in grades K-8 and is slated to open in the fall of 2005.

LSCs Derrick Harris, director of the North Lawndale LSC Federation, was removed as a community representative on the Herzl Elementary LSC for living outside the school’s attendance boundaries. Harris challenged his ouster, but CPS lawyers dismissed his claim. Harris says he will continue advocating for parent involvement and local community control through his work with the Federation.

NEW BOOK The May issue of Teacher Magazine features a profile of Tanya Billingsley, a teacher at ACT Charter High, who is also one of the subjects of a soon-to-be-released book about minority educators in Chicago. “See You When You Get There: Young Teachers of Color Working for Change” (Teachers College Press, 2004) was written by Gregory Michie, co-director of an alternative teacher-certification program at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

AWARDS Two CPS teachers won Kohl McCormick Early Childhood Teaching Awards. They are: Joyce Acker, a founding staff member at the State Pre-K Demonstration Center at Price Elementary and Angel Janelle Lim, Newberry Math & Science Academy. Each will receive $5,000, their schools will get a $1,000. … Six CPS teachers won a $5,000 Suave Performance award for outstanding service to their students. Winners include: Donn Alan Simon, Foreman High; Marlo McManus, Westinghouse High; Amonaquenette Parker, Manley High; Barbara Elaine Horwick, York High; Gregory Lawrence Williams, South Shore High; and Marianne Doulgeris, Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences.

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AT CLARK STREET Mayor Richard M. Daley named Chicago Park District Chairman Michael W. Scott as president of the Chicago School Board. At a press conference, Scott told reporters his priority would be improving reading and math test scores. Scott, a government relations executive for AT&T Broadband, has served three Chicago mayors and had a brief stint on the School Board in the early 1980s. He succeeds Gery Chico, who resigned abruptly in late May, amidst reports from City Hall sources that the mayor wanted a new school leadership team. Shortly after Chico left, CEO Paul Vallas stepped down from his post. The two had served together since they were appointed in 1995. At press time, Daley had not announced Vallas’ successor.

MOVING IN/ON The Chicago Community Trust has hired Terry Mazany as director of its education initiative, expected to be unveiled this fall. Mazany was most recently associate superintendent for planning and data systems for a suburban Detroit school district, and has previously worked as a consultant for one of the partnerships sponsored by the Chicago Annenberg Challenge. … Samuel J. Meisels will succeed Barbara Bowman as president of the Erikson Institute. Meisels is currently a professor and research scientist at the University of Michigan’s School of Education. Bowman, the institute’s founder, will remain an active member of the Erikson faculty. … Jane Mentzinger is the new executive director of Chicago Communities in Schools. She formerly served as senior vice president for Common Cause, a D.C.-based non-profit government watchdog group. Mentzinger replaces G. Marie Leaner, who left CCIS for health reasons. … Peter Martinez is leaving the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation after 10 years to become director of the Center for School Leadership at the University of Illinois at Chicago. At MacArthur, he oversaw grants for Chicago school reform. At the center, he will develop a training program for urban school leaders, including superintendents, principals, teachers, union officials, parents and local school council members.

NEW PROGRAMS Jose Rodriguez, president/CEO of Aspira, Inc., of Illinois, has announced the creation of the Chicagoland Latino Educational Research Institute (CLERI), to be headed by Virginia Valdez. Previously, Valdez was the fiscal analyst at the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), which last year published her report on student overcrowding in CPS schools. The program, to be funded by the Joyce Foundation, will provide Chicago policymakers with ongoing research-based information on the Latino student community. The Institute will focus mainly on dropout and graduation rates, alternative schools, and pre-elementary and post-secondary school readiness.

PRINCIPAL CONTRACTS Joan Forte, formerly assistant principal at Austin High, has succeeded James Felton as contract principal of Randolph. Shirley Talley-Smith, assistant principal of Lafayette, succeeds Carlos Munoz as principal at Carpenter, and Carol Ann Lang, assistant principal at McCutcheon, is contract principal of that school. Other principals who have received contracts are: Maureen Connolly, Kellogg; Wilhelmina Kenan, Mollison; Linda Layne, Brooks College Prep (formerly Southside College Prep); Janice Ledvora, Woodson South; Nathaniel Mason, Lincoln Park High; Parasine Moore, York Alternative High; and Anthony Spivey, Corliss. The following principals’ contracts have been renewed: Ginger V. Bryant, Sexton; Beverly D. LaCoste, Phillips High; Christina Gonzalez, Zapata; Mary T. Malone, Whittier; Sandra L. Morrow, Graham Training Center; Janice Ollarvia, Fenger High; Casey Scott-Rzechula, Reilly; JoAnne Grey, Burnham Academy; Linda McCarthy, Hale; Joy Panko-Donovan, Ravenswood; and Lucille White, Caldwell.

HONORS/AWARDS Maria Blank of the Daley College Child Development Lab School and DeCarla Burton of Ms. “D’s” Jump Start Group Home Day Care were two winners of this year’s Kohl/McCormick Early Childhood Teaching Awards. Winners were chosen for their “best practices of quality early childhood teaching.” … The following Chicago high school students were named National Merit Finalists: Rachel C. Hohner and Nicola M. Wells, Lincoln Park; and Sanjay P. Shah, Whitney Young. … CPS Health Services Management Program, the Illinois Partners in Care and Education, and the Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois have been named semifinalists in the 2001 Innovations in American Government Awards program. Fifteen finalists will be chosen in September; five winners will be named on Oct. 17. Winners will each receive a $100,000 award; each finalist will get $20,000. … Five CPS teachers were among 10 winners of the Chicagoland Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching. First Lady Laura Bush presented awards to: Murray K. Fisher, Southside Occupational Academy; Jacqueline Gnant, DuSable High; Elizabeth Kirby, Kenwood High; Sarah Levine, Curie High; and Tracy Van Duinen, Austin High.

PRINCIPAL RETIREMENTS Louis Armstrong Principal Margaret O’Keefe will be retiring in August after seven and a half years with the school. Succeeding her will be Assistant Principal Eugenia Bradfield. Karen Gyenfie will replace her as assistant principal.

OUTSTANDING PRINCIPALS The Chicago Principals and Administrators Association and CPS honored the following 22 principals with Outstanding Leadership awards at a ceremony held on May 7: Aurello Acavedo, Lozano; Patricia Bauldrick, Bontemps; Beverly Bennett, Simpson Alternative; Lona Bibbs, Westinghouse High; Linda Coles, Keller; James Conway, Sutherland; Sandra Crosby, Hay; Deborah Esparza, Stockton Specialty; Joyce Jager, Eberhart; Johnetta James, Kilmer; Glenda Johnson, Brighton Park; Linda Layne, Brooks College Prep; Darlene McClendon, Northside High; Leonard Moore, Dvorak; Virginia Rivera, McCormick; Faye Terrell- Perkins, Tilton ; Effie Vinson, Melody; Lucille White, Caldwell; Fran Williams, Powell; and Denise Winter, Stone. Also receiving leadership awards were Roger Prietz, assistant principal of Whitney Young High; and Armando Almendarez, chief, CPS Office of Language, Cultural and Early Childhood Education.

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MOVING IN/ON Sarah-Kathryn McDonald has been named associate director for policy research at the Consortium of Chicago School Research; she will work to increase awareness of the Consortium’s research findings and direct its communication programs. She has taught marketing, management, research methods and international business at several universities, most recently the University of London. She also has served as a government and public affairs consultant.

AT CLARK STREET Dion G. Smith, deputy chief of staff to the office of school financial services, has been appointed deputy chief fiscal officer. … William Clark, operations manager at Senn High School, has been appointed director of financial administrative services. … Ethel J. Collier, director of citywide pupil support services, has been appointed director of violence prevention and intervention programs. Karen Sykes, senior advisor in the Psychology Department, succeeds Collier in pupil support. … Anthony Pitruzzello, a research analyst and evaluation manager in the Education to Careers Department, has been named to the new post of director of assessment services for the Academic Accountability Council.

VALLAS ADVISES BUSH Chicago schools CEO Paul Vallas joined a group of school, civic and business leaders for a Jan. 11 brainstorming session with then-President-elect George W. Bush. Others present at the meeting included the National Urban League President Hugh Price, Pennsylvania Education Sec. Gene Hickok, Arizona State School Supt. Lisa Graham Keegan and the chief executives of TRW, the Hartford Financial Group, Texaco, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Lockheed Martin and Pfizer.

PRINCIPAL CONTRACTS Lilliana Evers, assistant principal at Nathan Davis elementary, is the new contract principal at Funston. Julie A. McGlade has been promoted from assistant principal to contract principal at Gary. Interim principals who received contracts are Ivette Robles at Lyon and Stephen L. Jones Sr. at Yale. Patricia D. Kennedy, acting principal at Fuller, also has received a contract. Artie L. Borders, principal at Gregory, and Shirley Miggins, principal at McDade Classical, have had their contracts renewed.

RETIREMENTS Principals who are retiring: Mary Margaret Burke, Turner-Drew; Valerie R. Doubrawa, Hubbard; Leslie L. Fant, Goodlow; Fannie L. Gibson, Mays; John Frank Hawkins, Woodson South; James Johnson, Canter Middle; Ruth Lewis Knight, De Priest; Mary M. Meike, Edwards. … Also retiring is Mary Goosby, deputy officer in the Office of Curriculum and Instruction.

LAWYERS’ GROUP The work of the Lawyers’ School Reform Advisory Project has been assumed by the Children’s Health and Education Project (CHEP) of the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Inc., a parent organization of the project. Sara Vanderwicken, director of CHEP, says the focus of the work has changed from advising individual local school councils to broader legal issues facing school reform.

SURVEY COMING The Consortium on Chicago School Research will conduct its biannual survey of Chicago Public Schools March 6 – 9, asking in part about the use of technology in schools. Questionnaires will go to all teachers and principals and to students in grades 6-10. Schools with at least 50 percent participation will receive individual school reports after the results are compiled.

NEW CHARTER SCHOOLS The Board of Education approved applications for three more charter schools even though, under state law, it has only two charters left to give. CPS charter director Greg Richmond has until March to arrange for one of the new schools to become an additional campus of another. “We will try to give them as much independence as we can,” Richmond says. The new schools and their sponsors are Passages (sponsored by Asian Human Services), L.E.A.R.N. (sponsored by a newly formed board of affiliates of Lawndale Community School, a West side private school, and former State Treasurer Lolita Didrickson, among others ), and the Chicago Children’s Choir. All three plan to open this fall.

NEW REGION 7 The Corrections Education Office, headed by Michael Woods, has become Region 7 of the Chicago Public Schools. It oversees Nancy B. Jefferson High School and Consuella B. York Alternative High School, both housed in facilities operated by the Cook County Board of Corrections. Its work includes creating and improving transition and prevention programs that help students re-enter regular schools, find jobs and avoid future brushes with the law.

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AT CLARK AND ADAMS Daryl Okrzesik has been named controller for the School Board. Salary: $98,521. Okrzesik worked in the city’s Department of Revenue before joining the school system in 1996 as deputy controller. He was acting controller for the last six months of 1998.

PRINCIPAL CONTRACTS Teresa Moy, assistant principal at Alcott, has received a four-year contract at Clinton; Celia Coleman, assistant principal at Coles, has received a contract at Banneker. In addition, the following interim principals have received four-year contracts: Charles Kyle, Stowe; Noemi Esquivel, Addams; Maurice Harvey, Jordan; Saundra Jones, Nobel West; Nancy Mayer, Vaughn; Donald Pittman, Marshall; Vivian Redd, Morton. Valerie Doubrawa, who was named interim principal of Hubbard High school following the retirement of Charles Vietzen, also received a four-year contract.

INTERIM PRINCIPALS The following people have been appointed interim principal: Shirley Woodard, teacher at South Loop, South Loop. Commandant Charles Fleming, superintendent of Unit School District 3 in Cuba, Ill, and a colonel in the Illinois Army National Guard, has been appointed interim principal of the Chicago Military Academy/Bronzeville. The school is scheduled to enroll its first students in the 1999-2000 school year.

TEACHERS ON LOAN Teachers Marianne Flannagan (Metcalfe) and Toni Murff (Reed) are on loan to the Best Practice Network as full-time consultants through January 2000; their work will be funded by a grant from the Chicago Annenberg Challenge.

MOVING IN/ON Sarah Vanderwicken, an attorney who once taught in alternative schools in Chicago and Madison, Wis., has been named co-director of the Small Schools Coalition. … Clare Muñana, a management consultant at Ancora and Associates and a former executive director of the Financial Research and Advisory Committee (FRAC), has been appointed to the Academic Accountability Council, replacing Leslie Roman, who left the council when her term expired last year. … Suzanne Davenport has been named deputy director of Designs for Change; she will serve as acting executive director during Donald Moore’s sabbatical. Previously, she was co-director for leadership development. Victor Montañez, who worked part time as the other co-director, steps up to full-time work. Bernard Lacour, associate director at the Council for Disability Rights, is Design’s new policy reform director. … The Chicago Accreditation Project, a $16 million, five-year attempt to accredit 900 of Chicago’s Head Start and early childhood programs in low-income communities, has named Jamilah Jor’dan executive director. Previously, he directed a similar project for the Chicago Metropolitan Association for the Education of Young Children.

10TH ANNIVERSARY U.S. Secretary of Education Richard Riley and Reform Board President Gery Chico were among the speakers at a December luncheon celebrating the 10th anniversary of the signing of the first Chicago School Reform Act. Riley called the Chicago school system a “model for the country,” applauding the city’s combination of local control and a strong central office, which Riley called “the best of both worlds.”

LABOR RELATIONS A group of reassigned teachers who have been dismissed by the board—including some who lost their positions in reconstituted high schools in 1997—is suing the board to get their jobs back. On Feb. 17, a judge will rule on their request for an injunction that would retroactively reinstate them. Board policy initially gave the teachers 10 months to job hunt while working as substitutes and earning their regular salaries; after extending the deadline twice last year, the board dismissed the teachers on Jan. 21. Eight teachers stepped forward as plaintiffs in the suit, which is meant to represent all 40 reassigned teachers who did not find permanent jobs after reconstitution, as well as 98 teachers reassigned for other reasons. The teachers allege that their due process rights have been violated. In a preliminary ruling on Jan. 20, the judge added the Chicago Teachers Union, which is sponsoring the lawsuit, as a plaintiff in its own right; the judge declined at that time to prevent the dismissals through an injunction, requesting additional legal arguments from both sides.

CHARTER WARNING A Washington, D.C. organization may sue the School Board over a charter-school proposal being prepared by a Catholic school. Under the charter plan, St. Sabina Catholic School would close and then reopen under the control of a non-profit organization. The Washington-based group, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, says the plan could violate the state charter school law and the U.S. Constitution. The charter proposal has not yet been submitted.

ADVENTURES IN PR: A recent CPS press release touted $2.6 million in annual savings from upgrades to the board’s computerized employee timekeeping system, supplied by Kronos, Inc. The savings, according to the press release, would come from more closely monitoring the time spent traveling between schools by 2,000 social workers, counselors and other employees who work at more than one school. Asked to explain how savings could be wrung from salaried employees, payroll director Mike Edwards concedes that expenses would not decline $2.6 million. “It’s productivity time,” says Edwards, pointing to a national study indicating that employers can lose up to 15 minutes a day, per employee, in the absence of precise monitoring. The study calculated that a firm with 10,000 employees paid $5 an hour could capture $2.6 million worth of efficiency. Reminded that the board said only 2,000 employees were in question, Edwards replies, “Well, I didn’t write the press release.”

NEW NAMES Cook County Alternative High School is now Consuella B. York Alternative High School. Morse School of Fine Arts is now Morse Tech. … Lindblom Technical High School will become Lindblom College Prep next fall, tweaking its selective enrollment policies to add an entrance exam for incoming freshmen. The school, which had served the city south of Roosevelt, will serve primarily Region 5, between 55th and 83rd Streets. … John Hope Community Academy, a former K-8 school that now offers classes through 12th grade, is now John Hope College Preparatory High School.

NEW LSCAB MEMBERS The following six people were elected to the Local School Council Advisory Board (LSCAB): Dale Salzman (parent, Wildwood, Region 1), Norberto Paredes (community rep, Funston, Region 2), Charles Muhammad (parent, Whitney Young, Region 3), Ismael Vargas (parent, Finkl, Region 4), Peggie Chatman (parent, Simeon, Region 5), and Patricia Pratt (parent, Bennett, Region 6).

The following nine people were appointed to LSCAB by the Board of Trustees: Thomas Gray, chair (parent, Douglas, Region 4), Regina Valsamis (parent, Hawthorne, Region 1), March Ochoa (teacher, Logandale, Region 2), Renaud Beadoin (principal, Newberry, Region 2), Geneva Harris (parent, Spalding High, Region 3), Marina Rey (teacher, Seward, Region 4), Ruby Chan (parent, M. Sheridan, Region 4), James McQuirter (community rep, Park Manor, Region 5), Janie Ollarvia (principal, Fenger, Region 6).

Four members, Gray, Valsamis, Paredes and Rey, have served since 1996. All new members took office Jan. 11 and will serve for two years.

UNO SCORES In December, the United Neighborhood Organization received a $55,000 contract to develop and carry out a parent training program for the Office of Language and Cultural Education. UNO will train officers of school bilingual advisory committees, regional bilingual advisory committees and of the Citywide Multilingual Parent Council. The bulk of the money is earmarked for training, with $5,000 slated for program development and $6,800 for evaluation.Trainers will walk committee members through the board’s recentl revised policies on bilingual education, says Gaea Gomez, UNO’s associate director.

AWARDS/HONORS Four Chicago public high schools were among 25 cited by U.S. News and World Report in its Jan. 18 issue as outstanding in the Chicago metropolitan area. The schools are: Kenwood, Hyde Park, Von Steuben and Whitney Young. U.S. News looked at state test scores, the number of students taking college-entrance tests and other factors, weighted to reflect demographic differences among schools. … Chavez Multicultural Academic Center was one of five schools to receive Hispanic Magazine’s 1998 award for “Schools of Excellence.” … Schools and Regions Chief Blondean Davis has been awarded the 1998 Frederick D. Patterson Award by the United Negro College Fund, in honor of her volunteer work on behalf of the organization. Davis has chaired the school system’s employee giving campaigns since 1994, helping raise $2.4 million for the Fund. … Charles Balesi, a French teacher at Sayre Language Academy, was given the honorary title “Knight in the Order of Arts and Letters” by the French government in recognition of his writings on the French colonial period in North America.

THE FOUNDATION WORLD Jonathan Fanton, president of the New School for Social Research in New York City, has been named president of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. He previously served as associate provost at Yale University and vice president for planning at the University of Chicago. He begins his new position in September 1999. He succeeds Adele Simmons, who is stepping down following 10 years at the helm. … Deborah Leff will resign as president of The Joyce Foundation in early 1999 to become president and CEO of Second Harvest, a national hunger-relief organization based in Chicago. No replacement has been named.

BOARD PHONE DIRECTORY School Board’s Ombudsman’s Office has published a full directory of schools at … A directory of central-office departments (but not of individual staffers) can be found at

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ONE-TIME CRITICS ‘IN FROM THE COLD’ Parent activist Calvin Pearce now directs the Time Dollar Cross-Age Peer Tutoring Network, a School Board-sponsored initiative, in Englewood. “It was about time to come in from the cold,” says Pearce. … Lafayette Ford, former executive director of the now-defunct CityWide Coalition for School Reform, started working for the School Board in late November as Region 3’s local school council facilitator. Salary: $55,557. Ford replaces James Deanes, once head of the Parent/Community Council, who has a new title: special assistant to the chief executive officer. Salary: $61,244. … Ron Sistrunk, who preceded Ford as CityWide head, also has become a regional LSC facilitator, in Region 5. Salary: $28,020.

Four of the system’s six regions have only one LSC facilitator, but Ford’s Region 3 and Sistrunk’s Region 5 each have two, according to Deanes. Ford shares Region 3 with Pamela Price, formerly a staffer at Parents United for Responsible Education. Her salary is $21,756. Sistrunk’s Region 5 colleague is State Rep. Monique Davis, a longtime board administrator whose new title is school community instruction coordinator. Salary: $65,322. Ford and Davis report directly to their regional education officers; all other LSC facilitators report to School/Community Relations Chief Carlos Azcoitia.

MORE AT PERSHING ROAD Former Chicago Board of Education member Martha Jantho is an executive assistant to Intergovernmental Affairs Director Phil Jackson. Salary: $63,000. Jantho worked as a part-time consultant in Jackson’s office from April through August last year, coming on full time in September. … Acting Communications Director Laura Steele has been promoted to the position permanently. Salary: $75,000.

PRINCIPALS Gale Community Academy Principal Edis Snyder is now a cadre principal in the Office of Accountability. Salary: $88,372.70. Snyder will assist principals throughout the city, especially at schools on probation, according to Intervention Director Phil Hansen. … Edith R. Sims has retired as principal of Corliss High School. … Interim principals Richard Gazda of Von Steuben High and Mary Neely of Lawndale Community Academy have been signed to four-year contracts. … Millicent Rechord, a former Region 4 administrator, has become interim principal of Disney Magnet School.

MOVING UP Sharon Gist Gilliam has become the first member of the Chicago School Board to be named to the Illinois State Board of Education. By law, she must vacate her local board seat, and Mayor Richard M. Daley will name a successor. Neither position is paid. Jim Palos, executive director of the Midtown Educational Foundation, also has been named to the state board. He and Gilliam are the board’s only Chicago members and its only minority members; Gilliam is African American, and Palos is Latino.

STUDENT BOARD MEMBER Whitney Young High School senior Miguel Ayala was elected in December as the honorary student member of the School Reform Board. Ayala is the first Latino and the first openly gay student to hold the position.

EARLY CHILDHOOD DOCUMENTARY In an original documentary to be broadcast at 7 p.m. March 6, WTTW Channel 11 will explore how, from birth, the experiences parents provide their children can influence brain development and, ultimately, enhance children’s lifelong ability to learn. A special, one-hour edition of “Chicago Tonight” will follow at 8 p.m.

THEY’RE BACK After a five-month hiatus, Substance newspaper has resumed publication. A one-year, 11-issue subscription now costs $16. Substance also has a new address: 5132 W. Berteau; Chicago, IL 60641. Phone: (773) 725-6182.

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THE NEW REGIME Sue Gamm, director of compliance monitoring in special education, has been promoted to chief of specialized services. Salary: $90,000. … Yvonne S. Williams, director of low-incidence special education programs, has been promoted to special education officer. Salary: $80,000. … Philip Jackson, formerly of the City of Chicago, is assistant to Chief of Staff Cozette Buckney. … John West, principal of J.N. Thorp Elementary, has been appointed strategic planner, replacing Heather Steans. … Dion G. Smith, legal director for the City of Chicago, has been appointed senior assistant to the board. Salary: $81,000.

THE NEW REGIME, OPERATIONS Carolyn Williams-Meza, head of facilities for the Chicago Park District, has been appointed director of asset management. Salary: $90,000 … Bruce Bertalmio, City of Chicago construction manager, has been named manager of construction. Salary: $75,000 … Jacqueline Umburger, City of Chicago engineer, has been named manager of customer service. Salary: $63,300 … John O’Connell, formerly of the City of Chicago, is manager of plant operation. Salary: $75,000 … Marjorie Shaffner, formerly of R.R. Donnelley, is director of school services. Salary: $90,000 … Francisco Du Prey, YMCA student internship program manager, has been appointed manager of student transportation. Salary: $75,000 … Salvador Diaz, formerly with the Chicago Police department, is director of safety and security. Salary: $75,000 … Carol Willinski, formerly with the City of Chicago, is deputy chief operating officer. Salary: $85,000 … Yolanda Perez, a former promotions/ marketing executive, is manager of administrative services.

THE NEW REGIME, CHANGES Maribeth Vander Weele, who left the education beat at the Chicago Sun-Times to become director of school and community relations, is now director of investigations. … Bennie Currie, formerly of Ameritech, has been promoted from public information officer to director of school and community relations.

TEACHERS TASK FORCE RaeLynne Toperoff is the new director of the Teachers’ Task Force. Previously, she worked for United Way of Chicago as organizational development consultant and training specialist.

PURE Julie Woestehoff has succeeded Joy Noven as executive director of Parents United for Responsible Education (PURE). Georganne Marsh, previous LSC chair of Boone Elementary, is the new associate director. Noven is leaving Chicago to travel in Europe with her husband, Bernie, a former CPS social worker.

PRINCIPALS The following acting, interim and assistant principals have received full principal contracts: Myron Berger, Near North Special Ed.; Lona Bibbs, Westinghouse High; Barbara Ellis, Bennett/Shedd; Cheryl Rutherford, Lindblom High. … The following have received interim principal contracts: Debrona Banks, Tilton; Lester Gaines, Curtis; Glennvester Garrett, Lewis; Alice Painter, Hope; Rodolfo Serna, Corkery/Whitney. … Teachers Janice Hill and Carol Miller have received assistant principal contracts at Gompers and Mitchell, respectively. … Principal James Crowe has resigned from McCormick Elementary.

PRINCIPALS ASSOCIATION On Nov. 10, Beverly Tunney, principal of Healey Elementary and president of the Chicago Principals and Administrators Association, will leave her school to work full time for the association. Membership has doubled in the last 1½ years to 900, including assistant principals and department directors.

ATTENTION DEFICIT DISORDER At 11 a.m. Oct. 24, WTTW-TV Channel 11 will air “Attention Deficit Disorder: A Dubious Diagnosis?” the latest in a series of education investigations by John Merrow of “The Merrow Report.”

MEDIA CONFERENCE “Remote Control: Adolescents and the Media,” a one-day symposium for parents and educators, will be held on Oct. 19 at the Harold Washington Library Center. The event is being sponsored by Facing History and Ourselves. Admission is $35 and includes lunch. For more information, call (312) 726-4500.

CORRECTION A map in the September 1995 issue reported that Chappell School was 126 students over capacity and that no new school or addition was in the pipeline. While Chappell is over capacity, an addition is under construction and should be ready by next September. Catalyst regrets the error.

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AT CLARK STREET Cozette Buckney, former chief education officer who is serving as the CEO’s special liaison to the School Board, retired May 31 after 33 years at CPS. She will teach in the College of Education at Roosevelt University as the Distinguished Professor of Urban Education. … Ascensión Juarez, previously director of salary administration and employee records, has been tapped to head the CPS human resources department. He replaces Carlos Ponce, who resigned.

ANDERSEN DUMPED In May, the School Board dropped beleaguered Arthur Andersen as its external auditor and switched to Deloitte & Touche. However, it still has a $3.5 million, two-year contract with Andersen for information systems consulting, which it approved in January.

PRINCIPALS Two assistant principals have been awarded principal contracts at their schools: Brenda Browder, Kellman, and William E. Johnson, Carver Military Academy. Karen Koegler, assistant principal at Edgebrook, is now contract principal at Onahan. She replaces Peter Hastings, who retired. … Dushon Brown, acting principal at Curtis, is now contract principal. … Jane McDonald, interim principal at Mt. Greenwood, is contract principal. … Robert C. Miller, director of driver’s education in the physical education department at central office, was named contract principal at Bogan High. He replaces Ronn L. Gibbs, who was interim. … Sherman Chambers, principal at Reavis, had his contract renewed. … Principal Alice Butler Collins has retired from Spalding elementary and high schools; Bertha Buchanan has been named interim.

MOVING IN/ON Spencer Foundation President Ellen Condliffe Lagemann has been named dean of the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University; she will step down July 1. Paul Goren, vice president of Spencer, will serve as interim president. … Warren Chapman, education program officer at the Joyce Foundation, was named vice-president of corporate giving for Bank One Corp. He will oversee contributions in 14 states, and a budget of $55 million. Reginald Jones, an education and culture program officer at Joyce, will assume many of Chapman’s duties. … Faye Terrell-Perkins, principal at Tilton High, was named executive director of Leadership Academy and Urban Network for Chicago (LAUNCH). She replaces Ingrid Carney, who moved up to senior executive director of the Chicago Leadership Academies for Supporting Success (CLASS), of which LAUNCH is a part. That position previously was held by Al Bertani, who now oversees professional development at CPS. … David Gardner has become manager of transition/middle schools; he replaces Joyce Bristow, now education officer of Region Seven. … Teacher activist George Schmidt, publisher of Substance newspaper, has been retained as a consultant by the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) to do budget research. … Connee Fitch-Blank, assistant director of the CTU Quest Center, will be on loan to serve as dean of CTU’s new Jacqueline B. Vaughn Graduate School of Teacher Leadership, which is expected to open in January 2003.

CTU JOINS TURN On May 4, the CTU officially joined the Teacher Union Reform Network (TURN), a national group of reform-minded union locals from both the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association. CTU President Deborah Lynch had expressed interest in joining TURN just days after she was elected last spring. (CATALYST September 2001). “She has a perspective on teacher unionism that is compatible with that of most TURN members,” says Adam Urbanski, co-director of TURN, which promotes collaboration between teachers unions and school districts to improve teaching and learning. CTU is one of four new members of TURN, which now has 30 members.

PARENTS UNION The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 73 is petitioning state labor officials to organize as many as 1,500 parents who work for CPS and receive stipends, but are classified as volunteers and receive no benefits. SEIU now represents about 4,000 security officers, business office attendants and other non-education CPS employees. If state officials approve the petition, parent workers may vote on the measure in early August.

CHARTER SCHOOLS Three proposals are being considered to fill the charter school vacancy created by the closure of Nuestra America. KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program), a national non-profit based in San Francisco, applied to open a charter middle school at 9035 S. Langley for 320 students; Aspira of Illinois, a Latino youth organization, proposes to open a computer science high school at 2435 N. Western for 400 students; and DePaul University would partner with Alliance for Community Change to open a K-8 charter at 4831 S. Hermitage for 415 students. The School Board will decide at its June meeting. The new charter school will open in fall 2002 or 2003.

In late May, Illinois legislators backed away from a proposal to create an additional 15 charter schools in Chicago. The Illinois Manufacturers Association objected to provisions requiring some teachers to be certified and limiting the role of for-profit companies—measures backed by the Chicago Teachers Union and Leadership for Quality Education, a business-backed school reform group. A similar measure failed last year, when Republican leaders soured on such restrictions. This year, LQE had hired high-profile lobbyists Michael McClain (whose clients include Bank One, Walgreens and Sears) and James Fletcher (whose firm represents the Bears, Commonwealth Edison, and Arlington Park racetrack) to smooth the way.

AWARDS Sixteen principals and four assistant principals will be honored as exemplary leaders by the Chicago Principals and Administrators Association. Winners were chosen by a panel of former educators, business leaders and community members. Gains in student test scores were foremost among the criteria. Each will receive $5,000 at a June 7 banquet.

Principal winners are: Jaqueline Taylor Anderson, Young; Cynthia Barron, Jones College Preparatory High; Sharon G. Bean, Hinton; Mary L. Cavey, Spry; Analilia Chico, Healy; Jo L. Eastering-Hood, McDowell; Richard Morris, Burroughs; Mary Neely, Lawndale; Donald R. Pittman, Marshall High; John P. Reilly, Portage Park; Amanda Rivera, Ames Middle; Kenneth M. Staral, Ogden; Thelma K. Sylvester, Johns; Florecita P. Valignota, Cameron; Melovee Williamson, Hayt; and Beverly L. Williamson-Ashford, Ruiz. Assistant principal winners are: Marie C. Dora, LaSalle; Odette Langer, Barry; Marcia L. Sullivan, Brighton Park; and Diann Wright, Haines.

LSC LAWSUIT Local school councils at Marquette and Dulles elementaries have sued the School Board for voiding the councils’ recent principal selection decisions. The board contends that some LSC members’ votes do not count because they were not eligible to serve on the council. But council members cite a state judicial precedent that says a council member’s vote counts until he or she is legally removed. Dulles’ LSC seeks to reinstate its decision not to renew its principal’s contract; the LSC at Marquette seeks to award a contract to its approved candidate for principal.

SMALL SCHOOLS Betty Despenza-Green, a Small Schools Workshop consultant and former principal of Chicago Vocational High, is working to transform an Oakland, Calif., high school into four smaller learning communities, part of a $15.7 million Gates Foundation-funded small schools project there.

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THE NEW REGIME, EDUCATION Blondean Davis, former Subdistrict 10 superintendent, has been appointed deputy education officer. Salary: $90,000. … Adrian Beverly, former assistant superintendent of instructional support, and William McGowan, former assistant to the deputy superintendent of academic support, have been named education administrators in the office of Chief Educational Officer Lynn St. James. Salaries: $70,000 . … Jacqueline Simmons, principal of Robeson High School, has been named School Development Director, Office of Professional Development. Salary: $90,018. … W. Smith Jr., former principal of Powell Elementary, has been named physical education and recreation officer. Salary: $80,000.

THE NEW REGIME, COMMUNICATIONS Robin Matell, who has 30 years experience in crisis and employee communications, is the new director of internal communications. For the past year he has been an independent public relations consultant doing pro bono work for the school system as part of the T.I.M.E. Project. Previously, he was vice president of public relations for the American Medical Association and, before that, vice president of corporate communications for Eastern Airlines. Salary: $79,900. … Fred Lowe, former a Chicago Sun-Times business writer for nine years, is writing, editing and producing The Chicago Educator, a new employee newspaper. Salary: $70,000. … Tabrina Davis, former acting director of public affairs at Cook County Hospital, has been appointed public information officer. Salary: $65,000 . … Aurelio Huertas is the new deputy public information officer; previously, he was managing editor of City Schools, a new research-based quarterly of the North Central Regional Educational Laboratory.

THE NEW REGIME, FINANCE Joseph L. Simmons, former program administrator for the Illinois Development Finance Authority, has been appointed treasurer. Salary: not determined. … Vincent Chiu, former auditing supervisor in the city’s revenue department, has been named director of accounting and control. Salary: $74,000.

THE OLD REGIME Administrators who were “terminated” by the School Reform Board of Trustees this past summer include Carlos Azcoitia, director of the Office of Reform (see item below); Marjorie Branch, a deputy superintendent; Carl Brody, director of plant operation maintenance; Kevin Byrne, budget director; John Costello, lunchrooms director; Joseph Cowans, computer chief; Charley Gillispie, chief financial officer; Jodi Martinez Martin, director, Illinois Educational Service Center VI (covering Chicago only); J. Manuel Ortiz, director of warehousing and distribution; Michael Rankins, purchasing director; and Terrance Ransfer, director of facilities. Each was making more than $75,000 a year.

Other central office veterans who were fired include J. Maxey Bacchus, Barton Gallegos and Theodore Wright.

RESIGNED, RETIRED Marie Iska, principal, Andersen Elementary; John Jenkins, principal Esmond Elementary; Robert L. Johnson, assistant superintendent; William Kamberis, principal, Prussing Elementary; John McCormick, principal, Bennett Elementary; Patrick Noonan, principal, Richards Vocational; Willie Richie, principal, Carver High; Allen Smith, Subdistrict 4 superintendent; Evelyn Wright, principal, Daniel Hale Williams Elementary.

MOVING IN/ON Carlos Azcoitia, director of the Office of Reform and principal of Spry Elementary School, has joined the Chicago Panel on School Policy as director of policy studies. … Dion Miller Perez has joined the staff of CityWide Coalition for School Reform as community organizer. … Janet Lyons, former administrative associate at the Donors Forum of Chicago, is joining the Cross City Campaign for Urban School Reform as the office manager. … Nancy Brandt, manager of education programs for the Bank of America Illinois, is retiring. The hands-on part of her job with the Orr School Network will be taken over by the DePaul University Center for Urban Education, headed by Barbara Radner. The bank will continue to provide funding and personnel for the network. Brandt will continue as co-chair of the Education Group of the Donors Forum.

AWARDS Helen Arnold-Massey, a physical education teacher at Nicholson Specialty School, is one of five recipients in Illinois and 150 nationwide to receive a 1995 Milken National Educator Award, which carries a $25,000 prize. The California-based Milken Family Foundation sponsors the program with state school boards. … Alice Mulberry, Latin teacher at Ray Elementary and Kenwood High, has been selected as the 1995 Illinois Latin Teacher of the Year.

GOLDEN APPLE Dec. 1 is the deadline to nominate Chicago-area 6th-, 7th and 8th-grade teachers for the 11th Annual Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching. To receive a nomination form or for more information, call (312) 407-0006 or write the Golden Apple Foundation, 8 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 700, Chicago, IL 60603-3318.

NEW TUTORING PROGRAM The Community Renewal Society and Parents United for Responsible Education (P.U.R.E.) are launching Project Aspire to tutor children at schools on the city’s educational “watch list.” To volunteer or for more information, contact Julie Woestehoff of P.U.R.E. at (312) 907-4727.

CULTURAL DIVERSITY Nov. 15 is the deadline to register for Columbia College’s one-day conference, “Cultures, Communities and the Arts: Building Bridges Through Collaboration.” The conference will be held Dec. 2 at the college, 600 S. Michigan. The cost is $10. For more information, call (312) 663-1600 ext. 219.

HOOP DREAMS At 8 p.m. Nov. 15, WTTW-TV Channel 11 will air the award-winning documentary “Hoop Dreams,” which follows the lives of two inner-city African-American high school students from Chicago who dream of playing in the NBA. Chicago has been selected to participate in the Chrysler Hoop Dreams Challenge, an educational outreach program that uses curriculum that complements the documentary. For more information, contact Francine Pope of DePaul University at (312) 362-8658.

GETTING IN PRINT How can you reach reporters who cover Chicago schools? Meet four journalists who can tell you how at a brown-bag forum for school activists: Linda Lenz of CATALYST, Fred Lowe of the Chicago Educator, Dion Haynes of the Chicago Tribune and Annie Sweeney of the Daily Southtown. The forum will be held on Nov. 16 at noon in Room 806 at Columbia College, 623 S. Wabash. For more information, call Veronica Drake of the Community Media Workshop at (312) 663-3225.