Audubon Principal John Price Leaving to Take CPS Promotion – UPDATE

By Carrie Miller | Friday, October 28, 2011

John Price speaks at a public hearing the proposed Audubon High School in 2010. Credit: Mike Fourcher.

Audubon Elementary principal John Price has been promoted to Deputy Chief of Schools for the Chicago Public Schools Ravenswood-Ridge network and has already begun his transition to his new position.

His interim replacement, Joyce Nakamura, begins a part time transition next week at the school, and takes over Nov. 9.  Nakamura is a retired principal, most recently of Stone Scholastic Academy in Rogers Park. The Audubon Elementary Local School Council created a selection subcommittee for a permanent replacement on October 17.

Parents learned Price was leaving last week, and are “still reeling,” said Kathy Argentar, president of the parent support organization Friends of Audubon School.

“I’m devastated to see him go,” Argentar said “At the same time I see that this is a glimmer of hope for the Chicago Public Schools.

Price, who came to Audubon in 2006 2005, is credited by many for speeding a dramatic rise in test scores at the school, which was one of just two in Chicago to receive the U.S. Department of Education’s Blue Ribbon Award this year.

Price will travel to Washington D.C. to accept the award in mid-November, followed by a celebratory reception at the school November 17.

In an interview Friday, Price said he’s excited to begin work helping improve instruction in the northeast quadrant of Chicago Public Schools and is thankful for the positive community reaction to his promotion.

“I think people are happy for me to take this next step in my career and have been very supportive.”

The Ravenswood-Ridge network he now helms includes a group of North Side elementary schools including Agassiz, G. Armstrong, Audubon, Bell, Blaine, Boone, Brennemann, Budlong, Burley, Chappell, Clinton, Coonley, Courtenay, Decatur, Disney, Field, Gale, Goudy, Greeley, Hamilton, Hawthorne, Hayt, Inter-American, Jahn, Jamieson, Jordan, Kilmer, McCutcheon, McPherson, Nettelhorst, New Field, Peirce, Ravenswood, Rogers, Stewart, Stockton, Stone, Swift, Trumbull, Waters, and West Ridge.

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