Every Chicago Public School has a Local School Council (LSC) - this information was written as a handout to be given to people who live within the boundaries of Albany Park Multicultural Academy, Hibbard Elementary, and Roosevelt High School. If you aren't sure what your school boundaries are, you can enter your address here to find out:
Monday, April 7 – Albany Park Multicultural Academy, and Hibbard Elementary
Tuesday, April 8 – Roosevelt High School
Polls open 6 am – 7 pm
What is a Local School Council (LSC)? LSCs were created to give the community oversight of our schools. Every Chicago Public School has an LSC made up of parents, community members, school teachers/staff, and in high schools, students. The LSC:
1.Approves the school budget and expenses;
2.Monitors the school’s work plan; and
3.Evaluates the principal’s performance.
Who can vote? Anyone over 18 who lives in the school’s boundaries. You do not need to be a parent or citizen. Each school hosts the vote for its own LSC so you must visit each school where you want your voice heard. Be sure to bring ID!
Please Vote For:
Eric Filson – Hibbard Elementary Community Rep. Candidate – Eric would like to work to secure new revenue sources for after school programs for the students and to increase cooperation between local LSCs. Eric is a member of Albany Park Neighbors (APN) and West River Park Improvement Association.
Casey Smagala – Roosevelt HS Community Rep. Candidate – Casey is a North Park University (NPU) graduate and an Albany Park Community Center (APCC) employee. As a LSC member he will build stronger connections between RHS families and APCC services such as Workforce Development, GED classes, ESL courses, Citizenship resources, and more. Casey will support extracurricular activities as pillars of the learning environment. He is also a member of the Albany Park Neighbors, volunteer for the Albany Park Chamber of commerce, and a service learning coordinator at NPU.
Annisa Wanat – Albany Park Multicultural Academy Community Rep. Candidate – Annisa currently sits on the LSC and is running so she can continue to help ensure the students in our community have access to a quality education. She would also reach out to various groups in our diverse neighborhood with an eye to developing opportunities for the school to serve as a hub for positive social change and development in our community. Annisa is a member of APN and West River Park Improvement Association. Annisa's candidate statement can be downloaded at the bottom of the page.
¿Qué es un Consejo Escolar Local (LSC)? Los CEJ se crearon para dar la supervisión de la comunidad de nuestras escuelas. Todas las escuelas públicas de Chicago tiene un LSC formado por padres, miembros de la comunidad, maestros/personal, y en las escuelas secundarias, estudiantes.
La LSC :
1. Aprueban el presupuesto de la escuela y los gastos;
2. Monitorean planes de trabajo de la escuela; y
3. Evalúan el desempeño del director.
¿Quién puede votar? Cualquier persona mayor de 18 años que vive en los límites de la escuela. Usted no necesita ser un padre o ciudadano. Cada escuela recibe el voto de su propia LSC en la cual usted quiere que su voz sea escuchada. Asegúrese de traer identificación!
Por favor vote por:
Eric Filson – Hibbard Primaria Comunidad Rep. Candidato – Eric le gustaría trabajar para asegurar nuevas avenidas de ingresos para los programas después de clases para los estudiantes y para aumentar la cooperación entre LSCs locales. Eric es un miembro de Albany Park Neighbors (APN) y el West River Park Improvement Association.
Casey Smagala – Roosevelt SA Comunidad Rep. Candidato – Casey es un graduado de North Park University (NPU) y un empleado de Albany Park Community Center (APCC). Como miembro de LSC Casey construirá conexiones más fuertes entre las familias de RHS y servicios APCC como Desarrollo de la Fuerza Laboral , clases de GED , cursos de inglés como segundo idioma, los recursos de la ciudadanía , y más. Casey apoyará actividades extracurriculares como pilares del ambiente de aprendizaje. Él es también un miembro de Albany Park Neighbors, voluntario para el Albany Park Chamber of Commerce, y un coordinador de aprendizaje servicio en North Park University.
Annisa Wanat – Albany Park Multicultural Academy Comunidad Rep. Candidato – Annisa es miembro de la LSC y está en ejecución para que pueda seguir ayudando a asegurar que los estudiantes de nuestra comunidad tengan acceso a una educación de calidad. También le gustaria llegar a varios grupos en nuestro barrio diverso, con la vista puesta en el desarrollo de oportunidades para la escuela para servir como un centro para el cambio social positivo y desarrollo de nuestra comunidad. Annisa es un miembro de APN y el West River Park Improvement Association.
I wanted to makes sure that everyone is aware of a proposal for a new Walgreens at Lawrence and Kimball. The full plans can be found here:
Although a new business is good news for the 'hood, there are issues with this. The short version is they want to tear down the existing building (the Payless) and build a new one, offset from the street, with a parking lot on the corner. Not only will this be ugly, it will increase traffic which is a safety concern on that corner.
The Alderman has taken a couple steps to try to stop this. She has refused a zoning change (which I think they can get around with a site adjustment) and put a hold on any new packaged goods licenses (but that is only a temporary fix as it will eventually have to be lifted in order for any new business to open in the 'hood). The more letters to the Ald. office to show support to stop this, the more leverage her Chief of Staff has to fight it.
If you oppose the plan, please shoot an email to her office.
Here is a copy of the letter I sent. Please feel free to plagiarize.
Dear Ald. Mell and Mr. Fritz:
Thank you for posting the information about the proposed Walgreens at Kimball and Lawrence on the 33rd Ward website. I wanted to reach out and let you know I am opposed to Walgreens tearing down the existing building in order to build a new one. I am also opposed to a new building that is offset from the street and has a parking lot with an entry on Lawrence.
Although I am pleased that Walgreens is interested in coming to the neighborhood, this kind of development is not what our neighborhood needs. The current plan will:
Although I understand the current structure has some unique challenges to conversion due to the fact that it is a building with two additions, instead of a single building, Walgreen’s has a reputation for adapting old buildings for reuse into new stores. It has opened stores which fit into the character of the neighborhood in Chicago, Oak Park, New Orleans, DuPont Circle, and Key West (see links below). Before any design is finalized, the community would need to see concrete information as to how adaptive reuse for this site was considered and why it was ruled out on this site. “Just because” is not an acceptable answer.
I would hope you would work with the owners to ensure that Lawrence Avenue does not devolve into another strip mall. The proposed plan would also be counterintuitive to the Special Service Area (and anticipated improvements) just approved for Albany Park.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about my concerns.
Key West: http://www.publicprivatepassion.com/2013/08/funky-mixed-useadaptive-re-use-projects.html
New Orleans: http://stirlingproperties.wordpress.com/2013/03/21/grand-opening-of-new-walgreens-marquee-store-on-magazine-street/