Design teams, community members to discuss new school proposals July 7 – July 11
In an effort to encourage more neighborhood participation and community involvement in the new school creation process, Chicago Public Schools officials are inviting community members to attend preliminary local forums to discuss school design frameworks submitted by design teams as part of Mayor Daley’s Renaissance 2010 Initiative and the Office of New Schools’ Request for Proposals (RFP) process.
The community forums will begin Tuesday, July 7, and end Saturday, July 11. Community members will have the opportunity to hear details about the school design frameworks and ask questions of design team members. Successful approval of these design frameworks could lead to submittal of a full new school proposal.
“One of our top priorities is to place high-quality education options in communities that need them most,” said CPS Chief Executive Officer Ron Huberman. “But the only way we can make this a reality is by working in partnership with all of our stakeholders and community leaders in these neighborhoods.”
Eleven local forums will take place in a span of five days in the following communities:
- South Chicago, Villa Guadalupe, 3201 E. 91st St., Tuesday July 7, 6-8p.m.
- Rogers Park, Rogers Park Public Library, 6907 N. Clark St., Tuesday July 7, 6-8 p.m.
- West Town/Humboldt Park, Erie Charter School, 2510 W. Cortez, Tuesday July 7, 6-8 p.m.
- Austin/North Lawndale, Austin Public Library, 5615 W. Race, Wednesday July 8, 6-8 p.m.
- Pilsen, Lozano Public Library, 1805 S. Loomis, Wednesday July 8, 6-8 p.m.
- Southwest, Garfield Ridge neighborhood, Archer Heights Public Library, 5055 S. Archer, Wednesday July 8, 6-8 p.m.
- Englewood, Rust Memorial Church, 6400 S. Stewart, Thursday July 9, 6-7:30 p.m.
- North Center/Northwest, Irving Park YMCA, 4251 W. Irving Park Road, Thursday July 9, 7-8:30 p.m.
- Kenwood/Grand Boulevard, Little Black Pearl Art and Design Center, 1060 E. 47th St., Thursday July 9, 6-8 p.m.
- Far South, Washington Heights, Roseland neighborhoods, Glenwood (suburb), Neighborhood Housing Services, 11005 S. Michigan, Thursday July 9, 6-8 p.m.
- Riverdale, Chicago Housing Authority, 951 E. 130th St., Saturday, July 11, 10 a.m.-noon.
A total of 32 design teams will present their school design frameworks at the forums throughout the city. Presentation of the design frameworks is a necessary step for design teams before being invited to submit full proposals Aug. 10.
The number of schools to open in the fall of 2010 will depend on the quality of proposals. Open RFP and Network RFP design frameworks were due June 15. Full proposals are due Aug. 10.
To date, 73 new schools have been opened under Renaissance 2010, and by fall of 2009, 20 additional Renaissance Schools will have opened, bringing the total to 93.
Learn more about the Renaissance 2010 RFP process.
About Chicago Public Schools
Chicago Public Schools serves approximately 407,000 students in 666 schools. It is the nation’s third-largest school district.
Monique Bond, 773-553-1620