Locals to see CPS master plan

Staff Writer

Chicago Public Schools will host a meeting in the Hyde Park-Kenwood neighborhood to give a presentation about its 10-Year Educational Facilities Master Plan.

On Aug. 22, 2011, Gov. Pat Quinn signed Public Act 097-0474, amending the Illinois School Code by adding requirements related to School Action and Facility Master Planning. Public Act 097-0474 requires that CPS publish space utilization and facility performance standards, produce plans for capital improvement (May 2, 2012) and a ten year education master facility plan (January 1, 2013) and ensure that information regarding capital expenditures and leases are accessible to the public.

Todd Babbitz, chief transformation officer for CPS, will present information about the plan and ask for feedback and input at the meeting, which will take place at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 25, at the Operation PUSH headquarters, 930 E. 50th St.

When the members of Hyde Park Community Area Residents Empowering Schools (HPCARES) learned that CPS would be giving the presentations to Community Action Councils across the city, the group requested that a presentation also be given to community members living in the Hyde Park-Kenwood area.

Clendenning said HPCARES wants Hyde Park residents to have a voice in the CPS planning process.

“This is the beginning of a conversation of what we want in our neighborhood public schools,” Clendenning said. “We want the community to come out and see how CPS talks about schools and get a greater understanding of policy and guidelines of CPS because they affect the quality of the schools our children are in.”

Clendenning said the meeting is open to parents of young children who will be attending school soon, parents whose children are already in school and “even businesses and non-profits should send representatives to the meeting.”