Polls Open for Elementary School LSC Elections

By Hunter Clauss | Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Photo by Tammy Green.

Lincoln Square residents will get to choose who sits on the local school councils for the neighborhood’s eight public elementary schools today. Local school councils have the power to select principals and keep tabs on how school funds and other resources are used–a responsibility that has become even more important as Chicago Public Schools tackle a whooping $900 million deficit that makes the Chicago Transit Authority’s doomsdays look like a cakewalk. Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., and you can find candidate profiles and school contact information through the links below.

The schools holding elections today are:

Bell Elementary School

Budlong Elementary School

Chappell Elementary School

Coonley Elementary School

Haugan Elementary School

McPherson Elementary School

Ravenswood Elementary School

Waters Elementary School

All parents, legal guardians, and temporary custodians can vote at any public school where their child is enrolled. Residents who are 18 years old or older can vote at the school that includes their residence in its attendance area or if the school has an established voting district.

Chicago Public School spokesman Malon Edwards said residents should call the elementary schools to find out which one they can vote for, but CPS also has a school locator on its website that allows residents to plug in their addresses to see what attendance areas they live in.

Voters will need to bring two forms of identification. Parents must bring a report card or another school document that proves they have a child enrolled at the school where they?re voting. Community residents must bring a form of identification that proves they live within the school?s attendance area or voting district. The other form of identification can be a debit or credit card, a driver?s license, library card, residential lease, voter registration card, or Social Security card.

According to the 2010 Local School Council Election Guide [pdf],?each local school council has to certify results prior to 8 p.m. on April 30.?Edwards said each school should have “operating results” by the end of today, but CPS will not be publishing election results on its website. Edwards also said?official results won’t be ready until June 5 because CPS officials expect to receive challenges to the results.

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