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School news: Ray interim, Ph.D. first

School news: Ray interim, Ph.D. first

New interim principal at Ray Elementary School, 5631 S. Kimbark Ave. Elena Savoy is the new interim principal at Ray Elementary School. The school’s previous interim principal, Antonia Hill, took over as the interim principal at Drake Elementary School. The Ray local school council could not decide on a permanent principal during its search this(…)

Canter’s closure and the question of race

To the Editor: Canter Middle School, formerly housed at 4959 S. Blackstone Ave., has closed, and Ald. Will Burns (4th) is leading the drive to install Kenwood Academy’s Academic Center in its stead. This move replaces an open enrollment junior high school with a selective enrollment junior high school. At his community meeting on Monday,(…)

All races can produce good teachers

To the Editor: I just received the June 18 issue of the Herald and would like to comment on the article re the Ray School principalship. I have never taught at Ray School or in Hyde Park. I spent 21 years in CPS on the Southwest Side in multi-racial, multi-ethnic situations, as a reading and(…)

Selective enrollment middle school will replace Canter

Selective enrollment middle school will replace Canter

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Ald. Will Burns (4th) held a town hall meeting at Kenwood Academy High School June 16 to discuss moving its academic center into the now-vacant Canter Middle School building. Canter Middle School, 4959 S. Blackstone Ave., completed its one-year phase out and closed on June 30. City Council announced(…)

Chicago Theological Seminary may house Hyde Park Suzuki Institute

Chicago Theological Seminary may house Hyde Park Suzuki Institute

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The head of one of Hyde Park’s most popular music programs found new digs for the school after losing their current location. The Hyde Park Suzuki Institute Capital Campaign Kick off Concert to cover the cost of its relocation to the Chicago Theological Seminary in the fall. The event(…)

Fatal shooting near MSI

Fatal shooting near MSI

Two shootings took place around 7:20 p.m. on Sunday night at the 5600 block of South Everett Avenue, killing one victim and sending another to the hospital, according to Chicago Police News Affairs. A 34-year-old man was dead on scene after sustaining two gunshot wounds to the back of the head and a 41-year-old man(…)

Community criticizes lack of accessibility at Harper Court

Community criticizes lack of accessibility at Harper Court

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Like many other Hyde Parkers, Carolyn Rhodes wanted to try Harper Court’s newest restaurant, Porkchop. But when she went, she couldn’t get in. “There’s no handicap door, no sign — not there. I waited,” said Rhodes, who uses a wheelchair. “I waited for someone, even from the outside to come(…)

U. of C. puts in Obama library bid

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago was one of a handful of organizations to submit a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to host the Barack Obama Presidential Library last week. The university emphasized its connections with area nonprofits, including the Chicago Botanic Garden, XS Tennis and the Boys & Girls Club. The university(…)

Alderman Leslie Hairston calls for strict gun penalties in parks

Alderman Leslie Hairston calls for strict gun penalties in parks

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) said Monday that she would like to see the same penalties for carrying guns in parks as near schools. “I think this is something good that can come out of something not so good,” said Hairston, who shared her plan at a meeting yesterday at Montgomery(…)

Harvard School reunion this weekend

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Harvard St. George private school is launching an all-school reunion this week. The event includes a multitude of activities that will take place between June 20 and 22. Highlights include an All-Star Reunion celebration of dinner, open bar, dancing, special presentations and a live performance by the Chi-Lites. The(…)

Parents question sameness in Ray Elementary principal search finalists

Parents question sameness in Ray Elementary principal search finalists

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The issue of race dominated discussions during the principal search this year at Ray Elementary School. While the local school council (LSC) and principal screening committee (PSC) both stand by the colorblind approach they used to select finalists, parents kept the issue of race in the forefront of the(…)

Locals rally to save Dyett High School

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Coalition to Revitalize Dyett High School held a rally at the high school Thursday evening. The group also marched to the home of Ald. Will Burns (4th) in protest of his response to their plan for the school. In 2012, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) voted to phase out(…)

Program at Kozminski Elementary puts films into focus

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The International Children’s Media Center recently hosted an interactive screening of short children’s films for parents and students who participated in the center’s My First Media program at Kozminski Elementary School. During the screening families saw 10 short films from eight countries. The International Children’s Media Center (ICMC) is(…)

U. of C. flirts with a “Team Obama”

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago is dangling the possibility of partnership to several Chicago institutions, including the Museum of Science and Industry and the Boys & Girls Club of Chicago, if the Obama Presidential Library comes to the South Side. The U. of C. is having conversations with organizations, including the(…)

Teens unnerve some locals

By JESSICA KIM COHEN Herald Intern Due to a large gathering of teenagers, Chicago Police Department (CPD) and University of Chicago Police Department (UCPD) were called to Harper Court over Memorial Day weekend. The incident took place around 1400 to 1500 E. 52nd St. on Saturday, May 24, between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. Though(…)

Help out with the 4th on 53rd this year

To the Editor: Thank you so much for the wonderful article in last week’s “Hyde Park Herald” about the upcoming 4th on 53rd Parade in Hyde Park. It’s great that Hyde Parkers will know about the festivities planned for the Fourth of July in the neighborhood. We are excited about the big day and still looking for(…)

Burns weighs in on fate of Dyett High

Editor’s note: The following letter was recently distributed by Ald. Will Burns (4th). To the Editor: On June 9, the Coalition to Revitalize Dyett High School held a press conference on the future of the school. There have been some false, misleading rumors about where I stand on Dyett High School, so I’d like to set(…)

Burns support should go further

To the Editor: I was very happy to see that Ald. Will Burns (4th) has publicly stated that he supports Dyett remaining open as an open enrollment, high quality, neighborhood public high school. However we need an alderman who will not only use his words but his actions to actively work to make sure that(…)

Get involved with local schools now

To the Editor: Now is the time. Now is the time to get involved in the Hyde Park/Kenwood Community Action Council (CAC). There is so much going on that directly affects our schools. Now is the time to give what you can, however that looks — simply attending a monthly meeting, applying for membership, joining a committee, running(…)

We are not impressed with Burns

To the Editor: The Coalition to Revitalize Dyett High School is interested to see that Ald. Will Burns (4th) is taking a public stand on keeping Dyett open as a public, open-enrollment, neighborhood high school. In response to his June 12 e-blast “Where I stand on Dyett High School, the Facts”, we would like to(…)