MOVING IN/ON Terry Mazany, chief operating officer of the Chicago Community Trust, will step into the top spot when CEO Donald Stewart relinquishes the post on July 1. Stewart, who has led the foundation since 2000, will continue as president until January 2005, when Mazany assumes both titles. Mark Rigdon, formerly a senior program officer at the Spencer Foundation, has joined the Trust in a similar capacity and will be responsible for grant proposals from CPS. … The Chicago Public Education Fund elected three new members to its board on April 29. They are: Education Fund President Janet Knupp; Frank Techar, president and CEO of Harris Bank; and Patricia Saldana Natke, president and co-founder of Urban Works, a minority women-owned architecture and planning firm in Chicago. They join the following board members who were elected last fall: Judy Dimon; Deborah Bricker, president of Bricker Partners LLC; and Jana Schreuder, executive vice president of Northern Trust. Timothy Schwertfeger, chairman and CEO of Nuveen Investments, will succeed Chicago Tribune Publisher Scott Smith as the board chair next year. … Barbara Holt, who was 5th Ward Alderman in the late 1990s, was named education director for Chicago Urban League.
AT CLARK STREET Barbara Bowman, a professor and co-founder of the Erikson Institute, will oversee CPS early childhood programs beginning June 1. She replaces Lucinda Lee Katz, who moved to California and will head the Marin Country Day School. … Hosanna Mahaley, who previously reported to Chief Education Officer Barbara Eason-Watkins, was named chief of staff to CEO Arne Duncan. … Mayor Richard Daley named Mary Ellen Caron, previously a special assistant to Arne Duncan, to head the city’s new Department of Children and Youth Services. Caron, who founded and directed Francis Xavier Warde, a pre-K to 8th-grade Catholic school, will oversee city programs for children and teens, including federal Head Start.
PRINCIPAL CONTRACTS Two interim principals have been awarded contracts: Dyrice Garner, Beethoven, and David Pino, McAuliffe. Contracts for the following principals were renewed: Aurelio Acevedo, Lozano; Yvonne Austin, Plamondon; Jose Barillas, Marshall Middle; Bernadette Butler, Agassiz; Flora E. Dangerfield, Gary; David J. Domovic, Alcott; Vivian Edwards, Schneider; Charles Giglio, Linne; Charlotte Gray, Dumas; Chris N. Kotis, Beaubien; Patricia Kent, Penn; Shirley Miggins, McDade; Robert J. Pales, Henson/Olive; Gino Pesce, Sayre; Tomás E. Revollo, Waters; Marcy G. Reyes, Seward; Gladys. B. Rivera, Lowell; Jack W. Rocklin, Cleveland; Sylvia A. Rodriguez, Nathan Davis; Gail W. Szulc, Oriole Park.
ELECTIONS Chicago Teachers Union President Deborah Lynch received 42 percent of the 21,439 votes cast in the May 21 election, not enough win a majority. Instead, she will face second-place challenger Marilyn Stewart, who got 31 percent, in a run-off election to be held June 11. … Clarice Berry has been elected to serve a full term as president of the Chicago Principals and Administrators Association after serving out the term of her predecessor Beverly Tunney, who died last year. About 900 of the group’s 1,400 eligible members voted by mail-in ballots.
NEW SCHOOL CEO Arne Duncan broke ground on a new school that was designed to be friendly to the environment. Tarkington Elementary, to be built at 3330 W. 71st St., is registered with the U.S. Green Council, which so far has certified four public schools nationwide as “green.” Tarkington will enroll 1,000 students in grades K-8 and is slated to open in the fall of 2005.
LSCs Derrick Harris, director of the North Lawndale LSC Federation, was removed as a community representative on the Herzl Elementary LSC for living outside the school’s attendance boundaries. Harris challenged his ouster, but CPS lawyers dismissed his claim. Harris says he will continue advocating for parent involvement and local community control through his work with the Federation.
NEW BOOK The May issue of Teacher Magazine features a profile of Tanya Billingsley, a teacher at ACT Charter High, who is also one of the subjects of a soon-to-be-released book about minority educators in Chicago. “See You When You Get There: Young Teachers of Color Working for Change” (Teachers College Press, 2004) was written by Gregory Michie, co-director of an alternative teacher-certification program at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
AWARDS Two CPS teachers won Kohl McCormick Early Childhood Teaching Awards. They are: Joyce Acker, a founding staff member at the State Pre-K Demonstration Center at Price Elementary and Angel Janelle Lim, Newberry Math & Science Academy. Each will receive $5,000, their schools will get a $1,000. … Six CPS teachers won a $5,000 Suave Performance award for outstanding service to their students. Winners include: Donn Alan Simon, Foreman High; Marlo McManus, Westinghouse High; Amonaquenette Parker, Manley High; Barbara Elaine Horwick, York High; Gregory Lawrence Williams, South Shore High; and Marianne Doulgeris, Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences.