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LSC Elections - Roald Amundsen High School

5110 N Damen Ave, 60625 Principal: Carlos Munoz Grades: 9-12
Official School Website School Type: Neighborhood High School
(773) 534-2320 1,630 Students

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William Helm

Running for Community Representative | Currently on LSC: Yes
William A. Helm has been an active and dedicated member of the community for over twenty five years. His deep sense of responsibility to the community, coupled with his belief that civic engagement can effect positive change, has led him to volunteer his time and talents to many organizations and projects in the neighborhood. Mr. Helm was the former Deputy Superintendent of the Cook County Forest Preserve District. As Deputy Superintendent of the Forest Preserve District, Mr. Helm was responsible for balancing the yearly budgets and after his tenure left the FPDCC with a budget surplus, one of the only local government units to have a surplus rather than a deficit. He is now a Director of Operations for the Illinois Department of Transportation.
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Michael Cohen

Running for Community Representative | Currently on LSC: No
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I have lived in the neighborhood for eleven years with my wife, Wendy. We have a third grader in CPS and are staunch advocates for strong neighborhood schools. I have done a lot of work with the Raise Your Hand Coalition, a parent-led advocacy group that has brought attention to the need for better funding and stronger parent and community voice at CPS. I grew up in public schools in Evanston. I work as a corporate attorney and have extensive experience with contracts and budgets. I am excited about the opportunity help improve community involvement at Amundsen.
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Juanita Garcia

Running for Community Representative | Currently on LSC: No
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A lifelong Chicagoan, I have been a member of the neighborhood since 2001. My background is in mechanical design with an emphasis on sustainable building design. I have earned the US Green Building Council credential of LEED Accredited Professional with a specialty in Building Design + Construction. My passion for sustainability is based in the holistic approach to sustainable design that can positively affect the health and well being of individuals. I have a long history of volunteer work particularly in math and science education since I was a student at the Illinois Math & Science Academy. Most recently, I've been working with adults with low and limited literacy rates.
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Brendan O’Connor

Running for Community Representative | Currently on LSC: No
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I was born and raised in the neighborhood on Artesian Ave., near Peterson & Western and have lived my entire life in this great neighborhood, having learned how to swim and play baseball at Welles Park. I earned my B.A. (with honors) and my law degree from Loyola University of Chicago. My professional life is dedicated to public service. Currently, I work as an environmental lawyer at the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, focusing on such issues as disinfection of the waterways, addressing the issue of invasive species (Asian carp) and trying to incorporate green infrastructure throughout the Chicagoland area. Formerly, I was an Assistant Cook County State's Attorney, working to keep our neighborhood safe. I also volunteer as the President of my condo association
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Bernie Heidkamp

Running for Community Representative | Currently on LSC: No
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As a resident of Lincoln Square for the past eight years – with family roots in the neighborhood that stretch back three generations – I am committed to providing the next generation in our community with the opportunity to achieve their full potential as students, citizens and human beings. As a high school teacher – teaching English and leading a variety of educational initiatives during the past twelve years at Oak Park River Forest High School – I have an intimate knowledge of what makes a strong, successful high school. I have a bachelors degree from Georgetown University, an MA in English Language and Literature and four years of additional Ph.D.-level course from the University of Maryland, and an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Vermont.
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Jeff Newman

Running for Community Representative | Currently on LSC: No
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Jeff is a researcher, college instructor, and transportation planning consultant. He earned a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Northwestern University, as well as a Master’s of Public Administration from Cornell. With prior experience as a local government budget and management analyst, he knows what it takes to make a public institution run. Jeff has been a volunteer firefighter, has served on the Chicago Red Cross Disaster Action Team, and recently took on the role of webmaster for the Winnemac Park Neighbors (www.winnemac.org). You might have seen him perform with his improv group. He lives in the Winnemac Park area with his wife Gwen, and they are expecting their first child this summer. You can find him on the web at http://amundsen.newman.me, or on twitter @jpn.
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Amundsen School News

Amundsen LSC Appoints Two New Parent Reps

Meryl Williams | Thursday, Oct 11 | One comment
Amundsen LSC Appoints Two New Parent Reps Two parent rep openings were filled at Tuesday evening’s Amundsen High School Local School Council meeting. Steven Johnson and Darinka D’Alessio were both elected to the LSC after a closed session discussion by current members. Johnson, an Evanston native and the father of an Amundsen freshman in the school’s IB program, has a public relations Read the Rest... Read More »

CPS Releases LSC Results; Waters Elem Candidate Gets Most Votes

Mike Fourcher | Wednesday, Apr 25 | 5 comments
CPS Releases LSC Results; Waters Elem Candidate Gets Most Votes Responding to a Freedom of Information Act request from Center Square Journal, the Chicago Public Schools released complete Local School Council election results this afternoon, a full week after the elections were conducted. 6,613 candidates ran for community, teacher, parent and non-teacher staff representative positions. While over 400 candidates received no votes at all, Waters Read the Rest... Read More »

Voters Converge On Amundsen HS for LSC Election

Mike Fourcher | Friday, Apr 20 | 3 comments
Voters Converge On Amundsen HS for LSC Election In a sure sign that community members care deeply about the future of Amundsen High School, 912 441 parents and community members voted in the school’s Local School Council election yesterday. This year’s vote total, almost twice more than four times the 221 people that voted in 2010, came amidst the retirement announcement of Principal Carlos Munoz, Read the Rest... Read More »

Some Elem Schools Provide LSC Results – But Not All – UPDATE

Mike Fourcher | Thursday, Apr 19 | 3 comments
Some Elem Schools Provide LSC Results – But Not All – UPDATE A day after Local School Council elections, not every area elementary school was willing or able to provide election results over the phone. Depending on the school, staff had different procedures for providing results to the public, ranging from simply reading them over the phone to leaving a message for the principal. Read More »

Election Day for High Schools: Races to Watch

Patty Wetli | Thursday, Apr 19 | 2 comments
Election Day for High Schools: Races to Watch This is it folks, your last chance to vote in a Local School Council election…in 2012. CSJ‘s readers reported strong turnout at several elementary schools yesterday; let’s see how the high schools fare today. The big stories to watch are the community races at Amundsen and Lake View. At Amundsen, community candidates outnumber parents by Read the Rest... Read More »

Autocall Slings Mud On Amundsen LSC Race

Mike Fourcher | Tuesday, Apr 17 | 9 comments
On the eve of elections, campaigning for Local School Council fell to a new low as an anonymous autocall made an series of allegations against a sitting LSC member. At about 8:00 p.m. this evening residents across Lincoln Square and Ravenswood received a call from an unidentified male voice claiming to deliver a, “Community warning for Read the Rest... Read More »

This Week: A Free Way To Improve Your Property Values

Mike Fourcher | Tuesday, Apr 17 | No comments
Homeowners in Lincoln Square, Northcenter, Ravenswood and Ravenswood Manor will have a tremendous opportunity to improve their property values. With a fifteen minute detour on Wednesday and another on Thursday, you can set things in motion that could ultimately raise your home value by tens of thousands of dollars! Read More »

Read Profiles For Dozens Of Local School Council Candidates

Mike Fourcher | Monday, Apr 16 | No comments
Read Profiles For Dozens Of Local School Council Candidates While some schools have internal ways of promoting candidates among parents, Bell Elementary is distributing candidate flyers though weekly send-home packets for instance, school community members generally have no way of learning about Local School Council candidates. So you can make an informed choice this week, dozens of candidates for Local School Council have posted profiles Read the Rest... Read More »

How Many Votes Does It Take to Win an LSC Election? A Lot Less Than You’d Think

Patty Wetli | Friday, Apr 13 | No comments
How Many Votes Does It Take to Win an LSC Election? A Lot Less Than You’d Think In 1989, during the first LSC elections, 300,000 votes were cast–that’s roughly what Rahmbo earned to become mayor. But like a lot of statistics, that oft-referenced number is slightly deceiving. Divide the amount of votes among multiple candidates at hundreds of schools and it’s clear that anyone with a handful of friends (real, not Facebook) Read the Rest... Read More »

Amundsen High School About to Receive a Flurry of ‘Friend’ Requests

Patty Wetli | Wednesday, Apr 11 | No comments
Amundsen High School About to Receive a Flurry of ‘Friend’ Requests Ringo Starr knew he couldn’t get by without a little (OK, a lot of) help from his friends. Neither can most of Chicago’s public schools. “Friends of…” groups have cropped up at both the elementary and high school levels to fill chronic budget gaps; they raise money for everything from teaching positions to sports equipment. Read the Rest... Read More »

Outgoing LSCs Could Determine Incoming Principals

Patty Wetli | Monday, Apr 9 | One comment
Outgoing LSCs Could Determine Incoming Principals On Tuesday, April 10, Amundsen High School‘s Local School Council will meet in a closed door session to begin the search for a new principal, following the announcement in March that Carlos Munoz will retire at the end of the school year. With LSC elections just a week away, the timing of the Amundsen conclave Read the Rest... Read More »

CPS Releases List of LSC Candidates

Mike Fourcher | Thursday, Apr 5 | 5 comments
CPS Releases List of LSC Candidates While every elementary school in the Center Square Journal coverage area has enough candidates to conduct LSC elections, the two neighborhood high schools, Lake View and Amundsen, do not have enough parent candidates to fill out a full council, despite an abundance of non-parent community members running for LSC at the high schools. According to Read the Rest... Read More »

CPS Policies Hinder Promotion of LSC Candidates and Elections

Mike Fourcher | Thursday, Apr 5 | 9 comments
CPS Policies Hinder Promotion of LSC Candidates and Elections With Local School Council elections weeks away on April 18 and 19, Chicago Public Schools obstructed their own efforts to promote LSC elections by taking more than a week to make the names of Local School Council candidates available to the press or public, a new low for CPS, according to one of the original Read the Rest... Read More »

Amundsen LSC Candidate Forum: School in Transition

Patty Wetli | Tuesday, Mar 27 | No comments
Amundsen LSC Candidate Forum: School in Transition As the candidates for Amundsen High School‘s LSC made their respective pitches to the handful of voters in attendance at last night’s forum, little could they have expected that their role was about to take on added significance when Principal Carlos Munoz announced his retirement later in the evening. Depending on timing–the new LSC won’t Read the Rest... Read More »

Amundsen Principal Announces Retirement

Patty Wetli | Tuesday, Mar 27 | 7 comments
Amundsen Principal Announces Retirement Monday night’s gathering of the Local School Council at Amundsen High School, 5110 N. Damen Ave., started like any other meeting. Attendance was taken, motions were introduced and Principal Carlos Munoz presented budget items for approval. “Anything else?” asked LSC Chair Sharon Jones. “Unfortunately, yes,” answered Munoz, who proceeded to shock the council with the Read the Rest... Read More »

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