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LSC Elections - John C Coonley Elementary School

4046 N Leavitt St, 60618 Principal: Gregory Alan Zurawski Grades: PreK-8
School Web Site School Type: Regional Gifted Center Elementary School
(773) 534-5140 374 Students

Candidates

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Allison Freedman

Running for Parent Representative | Currently on LSC: No
My name is Allison Freedman, and I am running for parent representative on the LSC. I have two boys currently at Coonley, one in kindergarten and one in second grade. I am a product of public education and I have a deep commitment to public school - it was that commitment that compelled my family to move into the Coonley district prior to my eldest starting kindergarten. Since moving into the neighborhood, I have been active with the Friends of Coonley, the Extended Day Committee, and volunteering whenever I can. As an attorney, my strengths lie in focusing on problems, finding solutions, and negotiating through different viewpoints to come up with the solution that best suits the situation. I hope to do the same at Coonley on the LSC.
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Doug Mulderink

Running for Parent Representative | Currently on LSC: Yes
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I am running for Parent Representative for the Local School Council (LSC) of Coonley School. I am the parent of two Coonley students, a local business owner, and a North Center resident. My children have attended Coonley for four years. Matthew is a third grader and Anna is in first grade. I first got involved with Coonley School over five years ago helping with the redesign of the outdoor space including the field, playground and green space. Since I first became involved, I have continued to work on the school facilities. I currently serve on the LSC as the Chair of the Grounds & Facilities committee. I have worked with CPS representatives on the 2008 Renovation Project and the 2010 ADA/Elevator Project.
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Thomas Evans

Running for Parent Representative | Currently on LSC: Yes
My name is Tom Evans and I am currently serving as parent representative on the Coonley Local School Council. My wife (Meg) and I have two daughters who attend Coonley. Our oldest is in the fourth grade Options program and our youngest is in the first grade neighborhood program. Three years ago we move into the Coonley district so both of our daughter’s could attend Coonley together. I am licensed by the State of Illinois as a Certified Public Accountant and have my Masters of Taxation. I have spent the last 23 years advising clients on financial, tax and legislative matters. I also serve at tax council for two public charities.
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Catherine Marchese

Running for Parent Representative | Currently on LSC: No
I have two children in the neighborhood program at Coonley - one in first grade and the other in fourth grade. My husband and I lived in this neighborhood over 10 years. I have been very active in bringing many artists, programs and performers to our school. I am currently a consultant for a non for profit organization. I have access to many different artists, business organizations and individuals across the city and around the world. I work with all these groups to help enrich the students education. I am running for LSC because I love the school, and I want to continue to bring programs, artists, performers and ideas into the school to inspire and educate the children.
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York M. Chan

Running for Parent Representative | Currently on LSC: No
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I am a life-long Chicagoan and a product of CPS. My daughters are in the 3rd grade options class at Coonley and in PK at our neighborhood school, Nettelhorst. Professionally, I am trained as an architect and worked at a nationally recognized forensic architecture firm for ten years. For the past ten years, I have been an IT consultant to small-to-medium sized businesses and organizations. I have been actively involved in leadership roles in neighborhood groups in the Lake View area, working extensively with elected officials. I want to see Coonley continue to grow in its role of giving kids the skills to become effective problem solvers and providing the necessary foundation for them to become lifelong learners. I look forward to guiding the school for ongoing success.
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Tim Gibbons

Running for Community Representative | Currently on LSC: No
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I have lived in the Coonley District all my life and have donated my time and resources to many of the institutions that make this a great community. My wife is an educational consultant with 20 years classroom teaching experience with CPS. We have participated behind the scenes in the renaissance of Coonley School. I have a BS in Fire Science Management from SIU and a master's equivalent in State of IL certifications relative to my 32 years of service in the CFD. 30 years as a successful small business owner makes me well versed in budgets, contracts, and human resource issues. I am proud of Coonley's progress and attribute it to the confluence of energetic faculty and staff, involved parents, and supportive community members and businesses. I want to help continue this upward cycle.
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Thomas J. Okon

Running for Parent Representative | Currently on LSC: No
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Hello! I have lived in this community for 18 years. I’m proud to send my son Harrison to preschool at Coonley this year, and will send my daughter Sophie there in two years. I am presently a stay at home dad that is very active in my children's education and active in the Coonley community. I have 20 years experience in computer technology. I have experience as an assistant teacher. I have a Masters degree in education. This is what I believe: (a) that students should not just be taught what to learn, but taught how to learn, and why it is important to become a lifelong learner: (b) that every student should achieve digital literacy: (c) that every student should understand social justice; (d) that we should teach students to be creative, to express themselves and to innovate.
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Jeff Jenkins

Running for Parent Representative | Currently on LSC: No
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My wife and I moved to the North Center Community in 2000, committed to starting a family, raising our children in Chicago, and sending our children to Public School. I am a product of Public Schools, a small business owner, and a long time Community Activist. Well before our son was old enough to attend Coonley we started an after school program through our small arts organization, Midnight Circus. We continue to run this program today. In 2007, against a mountain of bureacracy and red tape we started Circus In The Parks to rebuild the playground at Welles Park. The program was so successful it went city-wide and has raised over $250,000 to date. I have spent years navigating various City of Chicago departments and will bring a unique skill set to the LSC. Thanks for supporting the LSC.
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Jason Engel

Running for Community Representative | Currently on LSC: No
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I am originally from Ohio and moved to Chicago eleven years ago. My wife and I moved to North Center in 2003. We enjoy living in this family-friendly neighborhood, and plan to send our two sons to Coonley. I have an electrical engineering degree and a law degree, both from the University of Dayton, in Ohio. I have worked professionally as a patent attorney in Chicago for a little over ten years. A large part of my daily job is identifying issues for my clients and working with them to resolve those issues. I believe this experience will be an asset to the Coonley LSC.
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Samuel Holloway

Running for Parent Representative | Currently on LSC: No
I was born and raised in Chicago, and I've spent my entire life residing in the city. My wife let me into her North Center home about ten years ago, and our daughter was born in 2005. Before that I worked in the Distribution Department at Peoples Gas for six years, after which I was hired by the Chicago Fire Department in March 1997. I'm currently enrolled at DePaul University, nearing completion of a Bachelor's in Social Sciences. I've survived eight Chicago mayors so far (six of them elected), and my decade and a half of public service has granted me a ground-level view of how city government operates. That public service has also taught me the skills and value of teamwork, planning, and adaptability.
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Marisa Kurk

Running for Community Representative | Currently on LSC: No
I am excited to be a new member of the North Center community. My husband, 1 year-old son, and I purchased a home in the neighborhood last fall. I have already grown to love the area and want to ensure that I am a contributing member of the community. I currently head up operations for the Currency and Commodities departments at Mesirow Financial where I specialize in project management, setting and maintaining controls, policies, and overall risk management. I am accustomed to working with individuals with different backgrounds and skill sets and think my business background—including my strong organizational and collaborative skills—would be strengths to the LSC. I look forward to the possibility of making a difference as part of the LSC. Thank you for your consideration.
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Beneen Prendiville

Running for Parent Representative | Currently on LSC: No
My name is Beneen Prendiville, and I am running as a Parent Representative for LSC of Coonley Elementary School. I have two daughters at Coonley, one of them in the Neighborhood program and the other in the Options program. I also have a Masters in Education from DePaul University with 30 additional graduate hours. I was a first grade teacher at Ogden Elementary School from 1997-2004. During my tenure, I was Primary Department Chair for two years working closely with the principal and other leaders at the school to bring the best practices and innovative programs to the very popular Chicago Public School. I am looking very forward to serving the Coonley School community.
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Coonley 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 »

Five Questions With Kathie Bock, President of Friends of Coonley

Jason Kreke | Friday, Apr 13 | No comments
Five Questions With Kathie Bock, President of Friends of Coonley As the president of Friends of Coonley and one of its founding members, Kathie Bock helps raise money for Coonley Elementary, 4046 N. Leavitt St., providing everything from shelving and air conditioning to new microscopes and sports equipment. In the eight years that Bock has been working with Friends of Coonley, enrollment at the school 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 »

Celebrate Neighborhood Boys and Girls Club 80th Anniversary at Benefit for Capital Campaign

Patty Wetli | Wednesday, Feb 22 | No comments
Celebrate Neighborhood Boys and Girls Club 80th Anniversary at Benefit for Capital Campaign For 80 years, the Neighborhood Boys and Girls Club, 2501 W. Irving Park Rd., has been “the place where everybody plays” (“everybody” including girls since 1991). From athletics to after-school tutoring, the club provides programming that supports a child’s physical, emotional, cultural and intellectual development. Now NBGC is asking the community to return the favor. Read the Rest... Read More »

Reckless Chamber of Commerce Could Leave Kids In The Cold

Rob Engel | Friday, Feb 17 | 8 comments
In an unprecedented decision this past October, the executive committee of Chicago’s Northcenter Chamber of Commerce bypassed its own bylaws and procedures to ram through a proposal funding a new, independent company designed to profiteer from taxpayers, possibly at the expense of children. Eyeing an opportunity to expand their political footprint beyond the Chamber’s boundaries, 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 »

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