Prescott 2nd chance

February 24, 2010 at 3:40 am 4 comments

Thanks to 2 readers who posted this news about Prescott tonight.  Wow, I’m actually surprised…sounded like a done deal.  I’m impressed that CPS recognizes the schools where parents are working to grow enrollment (basically free marketing and labor for CPS!)  I just wish CPS didn’t have to make everyone go through such agony to reach final consensus!  Jeez!  I’m sure now the Alcott people feel jerked around….

Post 1:

hey hey!! 299 just reported:
Last Minute Reprieve For Prescott and Marconi

“Chicago Public Schools Chief Executive Officer Ron Huberman announced today that he is removing William H. Prescott Elementary School, 1632 W. Wrightwood, from the school actions list that is to be submitted to the Chicago Board of Education tomorrow, Huberman also said he is also suspending a proposal regarding the consolidation of Guglielmo Marconi Elementary School, 230 N Kolmar.

“Huberman said CPS officials have received substantial input from the Prescott School community regarding plans to increase the school’s enrollment for the next school year. Prescott was proposed for closing because of under-enrollment. The school has less than 200 students and a design capacity to accommodate 600.

“The school community at Prescott has put forth a variety of plans on how they would improve enrollment, and we are going to give them the opportunity to do that,” Huberman said. The success of those efforts will be reviewed this fall, he said.

well what do you know. He kept Hamilton open too…..GOOD FOR HIM!!!!!!

As a parent who was majorly invested (and still am) in helping my own neighbohood school increase enrollment for the past 4 years, I know what great lengths parenst go to in order to get people interested in their school They believe in it, and it’s great for their communities when so many get involved.

I am so glad to see that their efforts paid off (in both schools).

Post 2:

Looks like there was a reversal of the closing decision at Prescott. Congratulations to all who worked on keeping it open. Where does Alcott HS go now?
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/education/ct-met-school-closing-20100223,0,941728.story

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Prescott Closing – So this helps explain it…. Lice again

4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. hopeful  |  February 24, 2010 at 8:03 am

    Wasn’t Alcott HS originally supposed to go to the old Schneider building? Is that building still unused?

  • 2. hopeful  |  February 24, 2010 at 8:03 am

    Wasn’t Alcott HS originally supposed to go to the old Schneider building? Is that building still unused?
    Kudos to those at Prescott who kept fighting!

  • 3. Mayfair Dad  |  February 24, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    Congratulations to the Prescott community for working together to save their school. But where will Alcott HS find a permanent home? I’ll bet the folks at Schneider were relieved when they thought Alcott HS was moving out – what are thinking now? One school’s reprieve is another school’s death warrant. Maybe the deal the alderman sought was to have a larger, state-of-the-art high school built in west Lincoln Park for Alcott HS. This whole episode is just another example of how poorly CPS manages their real estate assets due to their inability to accurately forecast shifting student populations.

  • 4. Y  |  February 26, 2010 at 10:19 am

    Originally, Schneider and Prescott were on the list. Prescott for complete closure next year and Schneider for phase out – no new students admitted. I haven’t seen any changes to the Schneider plans. So, Alcott HS and Schneider plans seem to be unknowns now.

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