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Long Waits at Some Precincts, New Polling Place Confusion on Election Day Morning

By Mike Fourcher

Voters and election judges reported few problems in polling places across Northcenter and Lincoln Square, although a few polling places had waits over an hour this morning and some voters were confused by polling place changes due to redistricting. While many polling places had long early-morning waits, turnout was moderate for the half dozen polling Read the Rest…

New Amundsen HS Principal Strives To Change Public Perception

By Meryl Williams

Freshly-minted Amundsen High School Principal Anna Pavichevich has a big challenge on her hands: In an area with no shortage of selective-enrollment magnet and college preparatory schools, how can school supporters take Amundsen from being an option for North Side high school students and making it the option? Helping Amundsen, a neighborhood Chicago Public Schools high school, at 5110 Read the Rest…

Amundsen LSC Appoints Two New Parent Reps

By Meryl Williams

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…

What Contingency Plan? Parents in the Dark About What Happens if Teachers Go on Strike

By Patty Wetli

As the Chicago Teachers Union and Chicago Public Schools traded announcements yesterday — CTU setting a strike date of Sept. 10 and CPS issuing its contingency plan for students — parents were left scratching their heads. How will CPS dole out its $25 million in emergency funds? Where’s the list of the 140+ schools that Read the Rest…

Board of Ed Challenges Eligibility of Amundsen LSC Member

By Patty Wetli

The General Counsel of the Chicago Board of Education has made a preliminary determination that Sharon Jones, currently serving as a parent representative and president of Amundsen High School’s Local School Council, is ineligible to hold the position “because you do not have a child currently attending Amundsen High School, which is prohibited by Board Read the Rest…

Amundsen LSC Meets in Special Session to Discuss Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed and CPS Blues

By Patty Wetli

With the next regular meeting of the Local School Council not scheduled until August, Amundsen Principal Anna Pavichevich called its members together in a special session Tuesday night to discuss staffing and budget issues. First up came the announcement that the school’s two vacant assistant principal positions had been filled. Pavichevich introduced Amundsen veteran Leonard Read the Rest…

Prep for College Search at Parent University

By Patty Wetli

You’ve heard the horror stories about the college application process. Fear not, Chicago parents: You’ve already navigated CPS and its unwieldy system, so you are nothing if not battle ready. To get a further leg up on the competition, attend Parent University, July 18, 9 a.m. to noon, at Amundsen High School, 5110 N. Damen Read the Rest…

Back to School: New LSCs at Amundsen and Chappell Preparing for September

By Patty Wetli

In just her sixth official day on the job, Anna Pavichevich, the new principal at Amundsen High School (5110 N. Damen Ave.), led her first meeting of the Local School Council this past Tuesday. “It is my intention to be very transparent,” she said, and then made good on that promise in her report to Read the Rest…

Aldermen O’Connor and Pawar to Jointly Address Neighborhood Groups

By Patty Wetli

Last spring’s ward remap process shifted a number of Lincoln Square residents from Ald. Ameya Pawar’s 47th Ward into the 40th, represented by Ald. Patrick O’Connor, creating a limbo of sorts for neighborhood groups wondering which ward office to approach regarding services and improvements. Wonder no more. Pawar and O’Connor will both address a joint Read the Rest…

Amundsen LSC Opts for New Blood, Chooses Outside Hire for Principal

By Patty Wetli

After deliberating in closed session for nearly two hours Tuesday night, members of Amundsen’s Local School Council returned to the school’s auditorium to address the handful of people, including Ald. Ameya Pawar, who had waited out the conclave to learn the identity of Amundsen’s new principal. The candidates–Brian Rogers, Amundsen assistant principal, and Anna Pavichevich, Read the Rest…

Amundsen Invites Public to Principal Candidate Forum

By Patty Wetli

Lane Tech recently conducted interviews and hired its new principal in a single evening; Amundsen High School‘s Local School Council is taking a more deliberate and inclusive approach. Having narrowed the field of candidates from nine applicants to three finalists, who were interviewed by the Council  last week, the LSC is hosting a public forum Read the Rest…

IB Program Touted at First Meeting of Friends of Amundsen

By Patty Wetli

The International Baccalaureate was originally created as a common standard of coursework for children of diplomats as they hopped from country to country. Today, the IB program serves as Amundsen High School‘s ambassador to the community, the bait to lure students who might otherwise opt for selective enrollment or private schools. “We understand the competition,” Read the Rest…

CPS Releases LSC Results; Waters Elem Candidate Gets Most Votes

By Mike Fourcher

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…

Election Day for High Schools: Races to Watch

By Patty Wetli

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…

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

By Patty Wetli

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…

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