By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS
The Hyde Park–Kenwood Community Action Council elected its first official board members at its June 25 meeting. The newly elected leaders will take office on
Denise Hill, mother of two Ray Elementary School students and a youth ministry leader, and LaKeisha Hamilton, Ray and Kenwood Academy High School graduate and chairwoman of the local school council at Jackie Robinson Elementary School, were elected to co-chairwomen of the Hyde Park–Kenwood Community Action Council (HP-K CAC). Jeffrey Alstadt, Hyde Park resident and former assistant principal of Ray, was elected as the secretary. All three served as interim officers last school year.
In an attempt to keep Canter Middle School open and to get its four-point education plan for the community submitted to Chicago Public Schools before deadline, the community quickly organized the CAC and selected interim leaders in February, which included Hill and Kristy Ulrich Papczun, former teacher and parent of a preschooler, who served as interim co-chairwomen, and Alstadt and Hamilton, who served as interim co-secretaries.
The CAC’s four-point plan is a list of concerns for the educational well-being of the students that attend public schools in the Hyde Park-Kenwood community that include opportunities for a middle school experience, early childhood education, social emotional development and marketing for neighborhood schools.
The boundaries for the HP-K CAC 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 HP-K CAC meets at 6 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of the month at Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave.