MERIT PAY AT TURNAROUNDS   As the district considers a citywide merit pay program for principals, the School Board has approved a program for principals at four turnaround schools: Fulton, Copernicus and Earle elementary schools and Harper High. In addition to their regular salaries, principals at the four schools will receive a one-time assignment bonus of $10,000 and, at the end of the year, a performance bonus of up to $10,000 if they meet certain performance standards. To receive the extra bonus, principals need to meet at least two out of four measures. Measures for the elementary principals are: meeting or exceeding citywide standards on their individual performance review; whether their school makes adequate progress toward No Child Left Behind achievement targets; and reducing by 10 percent the number of students who fail to meet state standards in reading and in math. High school principals must do the same, as well as reduce the number of students who fail to meet state standards in science. For story on citywide merit proposal, go here.

PRINCIPAL CONTRACTS   Pamela Glynn, assistant principal at Hancock, has been selected as principal. … Rigo Hernandez at Pickard, Maria Cabrera at Belmont-Cragin, Felicia Hooker at Pullman, Julie McGlade at Garvy, Gladys Rivera at Lowell and William Truesdale at Taylor have had their contracts renewed.

AT CLARK STREET  David Pickens, deputy to the CEO, is now public relations and internal communications officer. … Deborah Duskey, interim head of the Office of Specialized Services, has been promoted to executive officer. … GregDarnieder, director of post-secondary education, has been promoted to college and career preparation officer.

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