Prescott Closing – So this helps explain it….
The is not officially confirmed, but I just read on NPN that the new Alcott High School will be housed in the current Prescott building.
Prescott has been a school mired in controversy during the past year or two. They scooped up a principal whose contract wasn’t renewed at Ravenswood Elementary School. The guy came across VERY well in school tours and hada desire to make quick changes in his schools. But quick change in CPS can ffulle feathers and piss people off. And even if you *get* to make the changes, ideally you still want to have the teachers and parents feel like they’re on board with him. Rumor has it that this wasn’t his strong point.
This past year he tried to make some serious changes at Prescott which some parents fully supported whereas other parents and teachers were supremely pissed off. Naturally there are valid points for each side, but to me, when you’re looking at a typical CPS school with poor test scores and declining enrollment (as Prescott had been) then somebody needs to step up and shake things up.
In any case, despite the controversy and in-fighting, and well-intended efforts to make some changes to draw more neighbors in…. it was too late. SPC slated the school for closing due to low enrollment. I believe the parents tried to fight it to no avail.
And now I see why. It probably makes sense to get the Alcott HS in there, but the scary thing is to think about the planning that was going on, probably without Prescott’ s knowledge. Up on the north side we talk about the need for new high schools, but to get these CPS isn’t necessarily going to build nice new buildings like North Side College prep. They’re going to look for existing underutilized space.
Parents need to act fast if their local school is shrinking or has consistently low enrollment for one reason or another.