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MOVING IN/ON Charles Daas is the new executive director of the North River Commission (NRC), a community organization that promotes affordable housing, economic development and education reform. Daas, formerly director of the Chicago Mutual Housing Network, replaces Michael Reardon, who is now with Neighborhood Housing Services. … Tamara Scheinfeld, previously deputy director of the CPS small schools office, was named program officer for the Lloyd A. Fry Foundation. She will work primarily with education grants. …Teachers Peter Ardito of Prosser Career Academy, Diana Sheffer of Ogden Elementary and June Davis of Taft High School, will take leaves of absence to serve as field representatives for the Chicago Teachers Union/Illinois Federation of Teachers.

AT CLARK STREET James Dispensa, former deputy chief information officer, was named director of school demographics and planning. He replaces Giacomo Mancuso, who retired in September. … Vilicia Cade-Horton has been promoted to director of high school programs in the standards-based instruction department.

SCHOOL CLOSINGS CPS announced that it has set up a three-pronged plan to get public input on which schools would be closed and reopened under Renaissance 2010. Over the next month, the district plans to use its web site, mail-in forms and public hearings to gather feedback on how to select schools for closure and how to support students and staff through the transition. The board plans to release the public’s recommendations and its final decision after its January meeting.

PRINCIPAL CONTRACTS Michael Johnson, former principal of North Kenwood Oakland Charter, is the contract principal of Reavis, replacing Sherman Chambers, who retired. … Darryl Moore has been promoted from interim to contract principal at Nash …. Julius Anderson, principal of C.E. Hughes, had his contract renewed. … Anita Ward, assistant principal at Yale, is the new principal of Burnside Scholastic Academy, replacing Rayna R. Murphy, who retired. … Jerlyn Maloy, acting principal at Lawndale, is now acting principal at Lavizzo. She replaces Millicent Lavizzo-Russell, who died in September.

SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE Alliant Credit Union and the National PTA will award five $1,000 scholarships to students who will be applying to or enrolled in college in the fall 2005. Only children of members of Alliant and a PTA/PTSA are eligible. Applications are due Dec. 31.

STRIKE CONCLUDES The Cook County College Teachers Union and City Colleges reached an agreement in early November, concluding a three-week strike that began Oct. 16. The strike, which involved 510 full-time City College teachers, centered on health care and salary. The new contract includes 4 percent annual raises and an increase in health insurance premiums. Classes resumed Nov. 8; fall semester classes will be extended into January to make up class time lost during the strike.

NEW SMALL SCHOOLS The School Board approved reopening DuSable High School next fall with three new small schools. The Daniel Hale Williams Prep School of Medicine will focus on math and science and preparing students for medical careers; and the Bronzeville Scholastic Institute and the DuSable Leadership Academy will focus on leadership skills. … Proposals are being sought for a small high school focused on world languages to be housed in the new Little Village High School. The new school, slated to open next year, is projected to serve up to 125 9th-graders. Three other high schools were approved for this site in October. They include the Greater Lawndale School for Social Justice, the School for Multicultural Arts and Infinity Math, Science and Technology High School.

PRINCIPAL AWARD Kenneth Hunter, principal of Prosser, received an ambassadors in education award from the MetLife Foundation for building positive relationships between his school and its community. Hunter, who was nominated by students, teachers and community members, will get a $5,000 grant for community-building projects.

PARENTS RETURN TO SCHOOL Black Star Project, a parent involvement program, is partnering with Toyota Motor Sales to launch a three-year parent training university. The program, open to CPS parents and other parents throughout Chicago, will offer courses on conflict resolution, financial management and other topics related to building strong families. Toyota donated $240,000 for the effort.

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CONTRACT AGREEMENT The Chicago Teachers Union and School Board reached a tentative agreement on a five-year contract that provides 4 percent raises each year. Under the agreement, announced Sept. 23, teachers will work a longer school day, a shorter school year and pay more for health benefits. The proposal also calls for the board to commit $1 million to examine and remedy large class sizes. The agreement must be approved by CTU delegates and ratified by the union’s 35,000 members. If approved, the contract will be the longest multi-year contract in the district’s history. The old 4-year contract expired June 30.

AT CLARK STREET Pedro Martinez is the new CPS budget director, replacing John Maiorca who became chief financial officer of School Financial Services. Martinez previously served as a finance director for Catholic Charities of Chicago. … Wilfredo Ortiz, former chief officer of high school programs, was named principal of Gage Park High. He replaces interim principal Katherine Smith, one of seven principals removed from their schools in August. (See related story.) … Nathaniel Mason, former principal of Lincoln Park High, was named area 23 instructional officer; Phyllis Wright, assistant principal, becomes acting principal. … School Board President Michael Scott has been appointed to the Public Building Commission of Chicago, which oversees public construction projects, including schools, libraries and parks.

MOVING IN/ON Clarice Berry, principal of Fiske, was elected president of the Chicago Principals and Administrators Association in a special election held to fill the vacancy left when long-time President Beverly Tunney died in June. Jackson-Berry beat three opponents in a run-off held in August. … Chicago lawyer Gerald Jenkins was named president of the board of the Chicago Charter School Foundation, a nonprofit that operates seven CPS charter schools. He replaces James Murphy, who founded the group in 1997. Elizabeth Delaney, formerly assistant professor of education at the University of Illinois at Chicago, was named executive director of the foundation, replacing Heidi McDermott. … New co-chairs of the Donors Forum of Chicago’s education funders group are Sandra Blau, executive director of the George M. Pullman Educational Foundation, and Kaberi Banerjee Murthy, a program officer of The Lloyd A. Fry Foundation.

PRINCIPAL CONTRACTS The following interim principals have been named contract principal: Dyanne Alexander, Cregier Multiplex; Granzlee Banks, Bass; Gail Brakie, Deneen; Tyrone Dowdell, Green; Frank Embil, Woodlawn; Donald Fraynd, Jones College Prep; Rolland Jasper, Joplin; Geraldine Laury, Avalon Park; and Patrick MacMahon, Gallistel. Acting Principal Doris Hobson-Staples at Grant has become contract principal.

The following principals have had their contracts renewed: Shirley Antwi-Barfi, Jensen/Miller; Roscoe Beach Jr., Buckingham; Beverly Bennett, Simpson Alternative High; Fanchion Blumenberg, Kennedy; Lennette Coleman, Ariel; Leon Hudnall Jr., Morse; Joyce Kenner, Whitney Young; Geraldine Moore, Beidler; Juana Rivera-Vidal, Washington High; Lawrence Turner, Mann; Rita Ware, Robinson.

PRINCIPAL RETIREMENTS Mary Margaret Bloom, Ebinger; Marilyn LeBoy, former assistant principal at Gray, is the acting principal; Patricia Grissett, Harlan High; Gertrude Hill, former interim principal at Cregier Multiplex, becomes acting principal.

TALES FROM THE CLASSROOM Leslie Baldacci, a CPS teacher and former Chicago Sun-Times reporter, has published a book detailing her two-year classroom internship in the Teachers for Chicago alternative certification program.