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Is This Cognitive Dissonance or Is Everything Just Fine?

By Mike Fourcher

When you live in a community where everything seems to go well, it’s easy to lose track of what’s going on outside of the neighborhood. Are we suffering from a kind of cognitive dissonance with the rest of Chicago?

Burley LSC Confirms Plocher as Principal

By Patty Wetli

After reviewing 21 resumes and interviewing five candidates, Burley Elementary‘s local school council met Tuesday morning and confirmed the recommendation of its principal selection committee, offering a four-year contract to the school’s assistant principal, Catherine Plocher. In the end, Plocher’s instructional and administrative experience at the elementary level carried the day. “We certainly feel we Read the Rest…

Burley LSC Set to Vote on New Principal Next Week

By Patty Wetli

Burley Elementary, 1630 W. Barry Ave., has moved one step closer to naming its new principal. Earlier this week, the school’s Principal Selection Committee voted to recommend current Assistant Principal Catherine Plocher for the top job. Now Plocher just needs the Local School Council’s stamp of approval. LSC President Faith Spencer confirmed that the Council 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…

Five Questions With Friends of Burley President Darcy DeWolfe

By Geoff Dankert

When it comes to community involvement in a neighborhood school, Burley Elementary, 1630 W. Barry St., is an overachiever. Burley has a “Friends of” organization and a Parent-Teacher Association as well as a Local School Council. RVJtalked to Friends of Burley president Darcy DeWolfe about recruiting LSC candidates, the challenges the new council will face Read the Rest…

CPS Releases List of LSC Candidates

By Mike Fourcher

Most schools in the Roscoe View area will have relatively uncontested Local School Council elections, while Lake View High School lacks enough parents to fill out a full council and the popular Blaine Elementary is gearing up for a major scrum between 13 parents contesting six parent LSC seats. According to a city-wide candidate list Read the Rest…

Burley Principal Announces Retirement

By Geoff Dankert

When the new Local School Council at Burley Elementary, 1630 W. Barry Ave., convenes following next month’s election, its first order of business will be to hire a new principal. During Tuesday’s LSC meeting at the school, Principal Barbara Kent announced her plans to retire at the end of the school year. Kent has spent Read the Rest…

Neighborhood Schools Still Looking for LSC Candidates

By Patty Wetli

With just three days to go until CPS’ extended filing deadline on March 23, nearly every school in RVJ territory is 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 day. Read the Rest…

Video Calls For Support of Burley Community Park

By Mike Fourcher

Burley Elementary, 1630 W. Barry Ave, is getting a new community park but they still need to raise $225,000 to complete the park’s more extensive plans. With the help of Madtown Media, Friends of Burley Elementary has put together this video to preview the park plans and make a pitch for your support. Of course, you could Read the Rest…

CPS Students Head Back to School

By Laura Pearson

With backpacks and lunch boxes in tow, students in Chicago Public Schools headed back to class today. This morning at Burley Elementary (1630 W. Barry Ave.), moms and dads escorted their kids to school, the latter showing a range of emotion—nervousness, excitement, reluctance, confidence—as they entered the brick building. We captured a few of these Read the Rest…

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