AT CLARK STREET Xavier Botana, a former administrator with the Illinois State Board of Education, has been appointed director of teacher accountability. Botana replaces Sandra A. Givens, who retired. …Carlos Rosa, previously director of school quality assurance in the Office of Accountability, has been appointed deputy chief accountability officer. Rosa replaces Alice Perez-Peters, who retired. Joseph Atria will take over Rosa’s former post. …Joseph Hahn is now director of assessment and compliance, a new title. Responsibility for research, which Hahn previously managed, was shifted to the department of research and program evaluation.
LAWSUIT The board filed a lawsuit Feb. 15 to compel the state to contribute more money to the Chicago teachers pension fund. Under current state law, contributions to pension funds for downstate and suburban teachers are paid through the Teachers Retirement System; Chicago teacher pensions are paid out of a separate fund. Officials of the board and the Chicago Teachers Union contend that the system shortchanges CPS teachers.
PRINCIPAL REMOVALS The School Board has formally removed the following four from schools that have not made sufficient academic progress since being placed on probation: Patrick Kenny, Bunche; Theodis Leonard, Paderewski; Linda Sienkiewicz, Piccolo; and Margaret Tolson, Donoghue. Most will serve out the remainder of their principal contracts at central office, receiving the same salary and benefits. Leonard decided to retire. They were replaced by the following interim principals: Annie Greenlee, interim principal at Libby, Bunche; Momma Hawk, principal of Recovering the Gifted Child, Paderewski; Deborah Edwards, principal of Fulton, Piccolo; JoAnn Roberts, former chief intervention officer, Donoghue.