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.

LSCs get help to track annual Chapter 1 spending

Under the settlement, CPS must provide LSCs with annual spending reports for state Chapter 1 funds, a list of supplemental programs the board provides to schools and training in budget planning. State education officials have agreed to create a “complaint office” where citizen inquiries about Chapter 1 spending can be directed.

Comings and goings

PRINCIPAL RETIREMENTS Janice Todd, principal of Lincoln Park High School for the past eight years, is retiring. Harper elementary principal Nathaniel Mason will succeed her July 1. … Pherese McManamon has retired as principal of Peterson elementary after 18 years. Replacing her is Joseph G. Kallas, former assistant principal of Mather.