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To the Editor:

We are very excited that the Hyde Park/Kenwood Community Action Council (CAC) is up and running. This is an entity that has been created by individuals in our community, in partnership with Chicago Public Schools, to create a vision for our neighborhood schools through the participation and voice of parents, teachers, administrators, community members, churches, non-profits and community organizations. There are eight other CACs in the city in various neighborhoods, some of which were developed a few years ago.

As the CAC develops, it needs to hear from the community. We are in the early stages and need representatives from all neighborhood schools and the community at large. There is an application process to become a board member; however, all meetings are open to the community. If you are curious, interested or want to join, please come to our monthly meetings. If you know someone who might be curious, interested or want to join, please spread the word.

The next meeting is Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 6 p.m., at Kenwood Academy High School’s King Room, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave. We hope to set a regular meeting time each month so that it is easy to plan to be involved.

At that meeting on Feb. 19, leadership will be elected. We will be electing two interim co-chairs and two interim co-secretaries. These interim positions will last until June when the CAC will reassess its progress and development.

Temporary work groups have been formed to start some of our important work, like Strategic Planning, Rapid Response/Steering, PR, and By-Laws. These will morph as needed into more structured committees as we develop our mission statement, create our priorities, and elect our leaders. If you don’t want to lead, there is other work to be done. Please consider signing up for a work group if you can give some time or efforts for our schools. At this time, you do not need to have an application in to volunteer to become part of a work group.

Please visit the blog hydeparkcac.blogspot.com for ongoing announcements and information, including the application, CAC guidelines from CPS and meeting announcements. E-mail hydeparkcac@gmail. com to get on our e-mail list for meeting invitations and announcements. Please share this information with everyone you know!

Come, join, participate in creating a vision for our community schools!

The Temporary LeadershipTeam of the Hyde Park/Kenwood CAC
Nancy Baum, Patricia Breckenridge, Camille Hamilton-Doyle, Deb Hass, Robert Quashie, Kristy Ulrich Papczun