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Comings and goings

Mayor Richard M. Daley named Chicago Park District Chairman Michael W. Scott as president of the Chicago School Board. At a press conference, Scott told reporters his priority would be improving reading and math test scores. Scott, a government relations executive for AT&T Broadband, has served three Chicago mayors and had a brief stint on the School Board in the early 1980s. He succeeds Gery Chico, who resigned abruptly in late May, amidst reports from City Hall sources that the mayor wanted a new school leadership team. Shortly after Chico left, CEO Paul Vallas stepped down from his post. The two had served together since they were appointed in 1995. At press time, Daley had not announced Vallas’ successor.