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LSC Elections - Alexander Graham Bell Elementary School

3730 N. Oakley Ave., 60618 Principal: Sandra Ann Caudill Grades: PreK-8
School Web Site School Type: Neighborhood Elementary
(773) 534-5150 947 Students

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John Martin

Running for Community Representative | Currently on LSC: No
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Resident of Bell School Community since 2009 Father of Ava (attending Bell in Fall of 2014) and husband of Stacey Turner Professional Experience Chairperson of Boundless Readers Non-Profit - Mission is to inspire CPS students to become lifelong readers, by working with teachers, administrators to provide professional development and classroom resources (boundlessreaders.org) Own JFM OPS Consulting, a operational and financial consulting firm focused on helping early-stage companies grow (www.jfmops.com) Education Kellogg School of Management (Northwestern University) – MBA MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) - Bachelor of Science 8 years of public school, 4 years of Catholic school
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Matthew Zaute

Running for Community Representative | Currently on LSC: No
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North Center resident since 2008. Father and husband. Executive with a Chicago based digital advertising agency. Twenty plus years experience as a participant, coach, and official with Odyssey of the Mind, creative problem solving competition. Extensive professional experience with budgeting, team building, and strategic vision. Ten plus years of community service with the First Saint Paul's community meals program. Member of the steering committee. Fund raising director for the FSP program. Endurance athlete.
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Bell School News

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 »

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 Elementary Schools: Races to Watch

Patty Wetli | Wednesday, Apr 18 | 5 comments
Election Day for Elementary Schools: Races to Watch What, schools are holding elections today? Why didn’t anyone tell us? But seriously folks, Local School Council election day is upon us, at least at the elementary level, and then we get to do it all over again tomorrow at the high schools. We won’t know if voters give a hoot until the final ballots 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 »

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 »

Neighborhood Schools Still Looking for LSC Candidates

Patty Wetli | Tuesday, Mar 20 | 3 comments
Neighborhood Schools Still Looking for LSC Candidates With just three days to go until CPS’ extended filing deadline on March 23, a number of schools in CSJ territory are still looking for candidates to run for Local School Council elections. We use the the term “run” loosely: Most of the positions are uncontested, so a single vote for yourself could carry the Read the Rest... Read More »

Local Authors Collaborate on Improv-Inspired Novel

Paul Wilson | Tuesday, Feb 7 | No comments
Local Authors Collaborate on Improv-Inspired Novel The Living Wills, a new novel from Eckhartz Press, pulls off something not often seen in works of fiction set in Chicago: a story that doesn’t rely on Bridgeport-style accents or tired stereotypes. Despite well-placed details that foster authenticity–homes in Lincoln Square and Roscoe Village, gatherings at Waveland Bowl, a crowded Addison bus before a Read the Rest... Read More »

Grow 47 Has a Story to Tell

Patty Wetli | Friday, Feb 3 | 9 comments
Grow 47 Has a Story to Tell Once upon a time, Ald. Ameya Pawar (47th) formed a public school initiative–Grow 47, co-chaired by Dan Hynes and Paul Rosenfeld. In 2011, they came across a golden goose: $10 million in state funding for an annex at Bell Elementary and $10-13 million in TIF dollars allocated for a Coonley Elementary annex. Now, with those Read the Rest... Read More »

Lawrence Avenue Streetscape Moves Forward

Patty Wetli | Friday, Nov 11 | 6 comments
Lawrence Avenue Streetscape Moves Forward The proposed Lawrence Avenue Streetscape has cleared an early hurdle to becoming reality: In a note to constituents, 47th Ward Ald. Ameya Pawar announced TIF task force approval for the project. Elements of the streetscape, which include wider sidewalks and a full bike lane, will extend from Clark Street to the Chicago River, with the Read the Rest... Read More »

Northcenter Chamber Hands Out Checks

Mike Fourcher | Monday, Oct 3 | No comments
Northcenter Chamber Hands Out Checks The Northcenter Chamber of Commerce announced the award last week of $15,000 in grants to local charities and the pledge of over $30,000 more in the coming months. The funds come from the Chamber’s 2011 Ribfest Chicago. Over 400 volunteers worked at Ribfest on behalf of neighborhood charities, these awards are the fruits of their Read the Rest... Read More »

Williams And Cullerton To Hold Town Hall Meeting

Mike Fourcher | Tuesday, Aug 16 | One comment
Williams And Cullerton To Hold Town Hall Meeting State Rep. Ann Williams (D) and State Senate President John Cullerton (D) have scheduled a town hall meeting for next Wednesday, August 24, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Bell Elementary School, 3730 N. Oakley Ave. An email notice for the meeting invites constituents to, “Share your thoughts on the issues that affect you and Read the Rest... Read More »

Support Northcenter Eateries and Local Schools

Tatum Bartlett | Thursday, Oct 14 | One comment
Support Northcenter Eateries and Local Schools The Northcenter Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its first RestauranTour from 5 p.m.  to 10 p.m on Wednesday, October 20. The tour’s tagline “a culinary exploration of Northcenter,” says it all. This is not a pub crawl – no booze, bottles or beer steins involved – but rather, a tantalize-your-taste-bud tour of 15 local eateries, each of Read the Rest... Read More »

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