School board to consider attendance boundaries

  • By Paul D. Bowker
  • Education reporter
  • January 21, 2008 @ 3:21 AM

Attendance boundaries for several Chicago schools may be changed when the Chicago Board of Education assembles for its monthly meeting Wednesday at the Central Administration Building, 125 S. Clark St.

Arne Duncan, chief executive officer of Chicago Public Schools, is expected to propose boundary changes for Banneker Elementary School, 6656 S. Normal Blvd.; Mays Academy, 1800 W. Garfield Blvd.; and Kershaw Elementary, 6450 S. Lowe Ave. All schools are on the South Side.

The boundary lines for the Chicago International Charter School (CICS)-Ellison Charter High School will also be established.

Other boundary proposals/decisions will be made on the University of Chicago Charter School-George T. Donoghue campus (formerly the North Kenwood/Oakland Charter School) and the new UC Charter-Carter G. Woodson campus.

The meeting is open to the public, with the public-participation portion of the meeting beginning at 10:30 a.m., and the business meeting beginning afterward.

The Woodson campus, named after one of UC's first African-American graduates and the founder of Black History Week, will open in fall 2008 for sixth- through eighth-grade students. Approximately 250 students will attend classes the first year, including students from the North Kenwood/Oakland campus. Fifty sixth-graders will gain admission through a citywide lottery giving preference to those living in the neighborhood boundary area.

"We expect all University of Chicago Charter School students to attend four-year colleges," said Timothy Knowles, Executive Director of the Center for Urban School Improvement, in a UC news release. "This new Carter G. Woodson Middle School will be instrumental to achieving that goal."

Higher test scores are already happening at the neighboring Donoghue school. Its classes in grades 1 through 3 have improved literacy scores as much as 66 percent in one year.

The board will also be asked to approve the renewal of the charter school agreement with CICS.

Financial considerations at Wednesday's meeting include proposals to enter into an agreement with the Chicago Department of Housing for the CPS Teacher Homebuyer Assistance Program, and authorizing payments for transportation and lodging for spring break college tours.

The board is also to consider an amendment to its compensation and pay-plan policy.

If you go

  • What: Chicago Board of Education board meeting
  • When: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday
  • Where: Central Administration Building, 125 S. Clark St.
  • Public participation time: 10:30 a.m.
  • Registration for public participation: 8-9 a.m., 1st floor, Clark Street lobby.
  • On the Web: board agenda/

Paul Bowker, a Chicago-area journalist with 25 years of experience, covers Chicago Public Schools for the Daily News.