By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS
The Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Council (HP-K CC) Schools Committee hosted another Chicago Public Schools Community Action Council (CAC) interest meeting last Wednesday.
About 40 community members attended the meeting, which was held at Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave. Out of the 40, 16 people signed up to be on the Hyde Park CAC’s voting board. Two community organizations, five businesses and one elected official signed up to be on the board; the remaining signatures belong to parents and community members, said Camille Hamilton-Doyle, co-chairwoman of the HP-K CC Schools Committee. The group needs 25 to 40 people on its board in order to form an official CAC.
The boundaries for the Hyde Park CAC would include public elementary and high schools within the boundaries of Robinson Elementary, 4225 S Lake Park Ave., to the north; Dyett High School, 555 E. 51st St., to the west; Carnegie Elementary, 1414 E. 61st Pl., to the south and Bret Harte Elementary, 1556 E. 56th St., to the east.
The community has also formed four work groups that include a rapid response group that will work to find ways for the community to help save Canter Middle School, 4959 S. Blackstone Ave., and Dyett and a strategic group that will reach out to principals of each school in the Hyde Park CAC coverage area to address long-term needs of each school. There is also a bylaws group and a public relations group that is reaching out to elected officials, business owners, nonprofits and the faith community to increase the number of volunteers.
The next two Hyde Park CAC meetings will take place at 6 p.m., Monday, Feb. 3 and Wednesday, Feb. 19 at Kenwood Academy High School.