Thursday, April 24, 2014

DNA Info: Community to Discuss Future of Closed CPS Schools in Englewood

More discussion on the utilization of closed schools in Englewood:
The future of six now-empty neighborhood schools closed last year as part of a citywide effort to shutter underutilized facilities will be the focus of a retreat Friday taken by local officials and activists.

"These buildings have so much potential, and if used wisely could improve neighborhoods greatly," said John Paul Jones, president Sustainable Englewood Initiatives.

The retreat, which runs from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Lindblom Math & Science Academy, 6130 S. Wolcott Ave., was organized by the Resident Association of Greater Englewood, known as RAGE.

Chicago Public Schools closed 50 schools citywide in what it called a cost-saving measure.

The meeting will focus on what to do with six area shuttered elementary school buildings: Elihu Yale, 7025 S. Princeton Ave; Daniel Wentworth, 6950 S. Sangamon St; Benjamin Mays, 838 W. Marquette Road; Arna Bontemps, 1241 W. 58th St; Charles Earle, 6151 S. Hermitage Ave; and Granville Woods Math & Science Academy, 6206 S. Racine Ave.

The meeting will include Englewood residents, community leaders, elected officials, educators, and real estate professionals.

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