News of Kenwood Academy, Chicago
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This page presents material about Kenwood and its programs. Material comes largely from the school, media features, and discussion at school open houses and council meetings. It is not the site of the school.
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2012 principal selection
Kenwood raising the bar in '09: by former LSC chair Cynthia Liberty.
IN 2011- THE MOST GATES FROM ANY CPS SCHOOL EVER.
2014 won 5, most in Chicago
See op-ed by Cook Co. Pres. Toni Preckwinkle.
Congratualtions to Kenwood Choral groups for sweeping the April 2016 awards in Florida.
Kenwood Good Buddies- Madison Holley a former participant in the Woodlawn Voices and Visions program, is a remarkable young student at Kenwood Academy who is raising money for the Best Buddies program at the school, a peer-support program for students at the school with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The group is raising funds for field trips, an end-of-the-year banquet and some other materials. Please make a small donation by clicking on the link below:
This is the work we have to do everyday in order to continue to be a resilient community. On behalf of Madison, thanks for your support!
Did you know.. HPKCC and its Schools Committee has given substantial amounts for Kenwood projects.
Kenwood Academy High School’s assistant principal, Karen Calloway, received an award for outstanding commitment in education from Illinois State Treasurer, Michael Frerichs, last month. Awards were given at a celebration for the achievements of African Americans in the Chicago area to commemorate Black History Month. Calloway was one of five people to receive an award in different categories. “As an administrator, the work that you do isn’t always being noticed, but it was really a great feeling to be awarded something like this,” Calloway said.
March 25, Friday 4-10 pm and March 26, Saturday, 11 am-10 pm. Raise Dough for Kenwood Academy Brotherhood mentoring program. Pockets will donate 50% of purchase to the school if you say "Kenwod Brotherhood" (not valid on deliveries). 1307 E. 53rd St.
American Field Service sends several foreign students to Kenwood High School each year for about a year. They always need host families and and Kenwood Academy is hosting an informational meeting for interested host families tomorrow, Wed. Dec. 9 in the Little Theater of Kenwood Academy at 5015 S. Blackstone, parking in lot at Lake Park Ave. and 51st Street.
For further information contact Assistant Principal Janeen Hatoum at email@example.com.
The Academic Center had a successful move to the closed Canter building in 2015, keeping students experienc in the main building though, allowing for expansion of middle and high school populations and ability to offer more to schools also having 7th and 8th graders. See more in News of Schools.
Budget cuts continue to challenge the school to do as much as possible with less.
Kenwood Journeys. According to the November 9 2015 Chicago Tribune, the Tribune won a Midwest Emmy at last Saturday's 57th annual presentation for "Kenwood Journeys." This documentary by John Owens, Zbigniew Bzdak and Howard Reich grew out of Reich and Bzdak's 2014 series on the preparation of the Kenwood Academy Jazz Band for its appearance at Symphony Center with jazz great Jason Moran and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in a world premiere work.Two weeks before the appearance, Band guitarist Aaron Rushing, aged 15, was killed near his home in South Chicago. The documentary's video release was the occasion of a school-wide celebration and is well worth the watch. It can be found at
http://chicagotribune.com/kenwoodjazz. PS, our local schools and their students need all the support they can get at this time of crisis, and recognition of their achievements.
Kenwood Academy's ranking advanced for 2013-14 from 2 under the three-tier system to 1 under the 5-tier system. IN 2015 ADVANCED TO 1+, THE HIGHEST RANKING.
Kenwood Principal Dr. Gregory Jones is one of 21 CPS principals participating this year in the Principal Fellowship Program of rigorous leadership and executive training at Northwestern University.
Kenwood Academy Jazz Band performed a 50-minute world premiere of a work by a major composer Jason Moran at a packed Symphony Center May 30 2014. The band has been featured in major articles in the Chicago dailies, esp. by Howard Reich of the Tribune-- more at http://tribune.com/kenwoodacademyjazz.
Kenwood Jazz Band and its collaboration with composer-pianist Jason Moran leading to performance of Moran's "Looks of a Lot"at the CSO is subject of a documentary by John Owess for the Tribune, with Howard Reich and photographer Zbigniew Bzdak. The doc will first be shown on Channel 20 WYCC Friday Oct. 3 at 8 pm. This was subject of a 2-page article by Reich in the October 1, 2014 Chicago Tribune Arts and Entertainment section.
Kenwood students in 2013 earned $13 million in scholarships to colleges, teh highest amount in CPS. They also won the highest number of Gates scholarships- the 2nd largest for a school in the country!
My Life, My Research, New Citizens Program: July 8-Aug 8 2013 15 high schools participate in an AfterSchool Matters program with Kathy Cohen at U of C on evaluating and adopting anti-violence strategies for their schools and neighborhoods, including surveys. (Includes Kenwood, King, Philips, and Dyett.) Will work with officeholders, journalists, KLEO Community Life Center, and SECC.
In October 2012, the Sun-Times ranked Kenwood's Academic Center36th in the Metro region and 43rd in Illinois. The High School was ranked 3rd among neighborhood high schools in Chicago.
LSC winners April 2012
Parent: Juliana Stratton, Priscilla Dickson, Rodney Thomas, Michael Neal, Stephanie Lawson, Ismail Turay
Community: Charise Williams, Ryan O'Leary
Teacher: Dana Adams, Krystyna Tate. Non-teacher Cynthia Fuller-Lenow
Student: Stephanie Kuwornu. And of course the Principal.
KENWOOD ACADEMY'S TWO-YEAR SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT PLAN (SIPAAA).
View/print pdf of flyer about Kenwood Academy and Kenwood SIPPAA.
2012 scholarship total was a minimum of $17.7- exceeded by only one other Chicago public school. Two received Gates scholarships- its 7 in two years is the m ost of any Chicago public school.
83% of the 2011 graduating class is enrolled in college- the highest of any Chicago neighborhood school. The school is working on ways to enhance the college graduation rate.
The Choir performed at the 2012 NATO Summit. Music overall earned 8 supperior ratings in Illinois- most of all CPS.
Aclaimed counselor Shelby Wyatt is one of five finalists who will be going to Washington for ASCA' Counselor of the Year Award. He is founder and leader of The Brotherhood and the Male Initiative Project at the school and nationaly.
2009 graduate Derrius Quarles, who won over a million in scholarships and wrote a "how to" book about it, gives seminars for high school students. He is acurently in college.
Kenwood, as well as King, was cited for its quality in Chicago Magazine August /Sept.2012 issue. Kenwood ranked 15 with 85.1 graduation rate, Act at 18.9 and 45.4% at or above state standard.
Kenwood band- 5 students were chosen Ravinia Jazz Scholars for 2012-13. They and the other 23 RJSs will be mentored and have performance opportunities.
Kenwood artists win prizes May-June 2012. At the Kenwood Art Show in the King room, artists including sculpture, painting and photography from advance placement to challenged was honored. The transfer grid portrait "Honest Abe" by over 100 students won the gold medal in the all-City Arts Competition. All-City silver medal winners are Victor Burks-Miles, Sam Clendenning and Khary Milloy. Junior and watercolorist Jylen Grayson won a bronze medal. AP student DeAndre Perkins received a scholarship from Marwen for his portraits of rap celebrities. He will attend the Maryland Institute College of Art. Armani Howard won a full scholarship the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Brendon Williams, Edward Harris, and Kayla Long also won scholarships.
The FIRST JAMES W. WAGNER SUMMER JAZZ CAMP SCHOLARSHIP will be presented on July 8 7:30 at Room 43 by Hyde Park Jazz Society to two Kenwood students--GianCarlo Jerry, trumpet, and Kayla Nicole Jones, trombone & clarinet--for study with Orbert Davis's CJP/UIC Jazz Camp.
Sebastian Augusthy, freshman, won a Metropolitan Water Reclamation District award in the 2012 Museum of Science and Industry Science Fair.
Kenwood Academy students in 2011 set a record with the most Gates Millennium Scholars from one CPS school (5) ever! The applications with multiple essay requirements are a hurdle in themselves. Winners are Jenilli Barrow, Genesis Davis, Anthony Johnson, Akiba Lott, and Destinee Hakmanpour. Gates cover through doctorate and more support.
And two students won 2012 Golden Apples: Markeira Davis and Hanah Reiman- two of only 135 the Foundation gave out.
In spring 2012, Kenwood band advanced step by step- will they win all-city and performed at the Chicago Jazz Festival Young Lions Stage (one of only 7), like in 2011?
Kenwood Brotherhood held an exhibition game March 22, 6 pm to raise funds for its annual college tour (this year Minneapolis area).
Kenwood 9th grader Breanna Ward was one of four grand prize winners in CPS Black History Month 2011 essay contest. Award includes a $5,000 scholarship to Roosevelt University.
Pierce G. Abbott, 7th grader won a silver medal in the II-A Division in Mandarin Chinese. Midwest Chinese Teachers Alliance , with sponsorship from the Educational Section of the People's Republic, Taipei Economic and Cultural Chicago Office and the Confucius Institute of Chicago.
Kenwood students are featured in a video, "The Education They Deserve," by New Trier High students on the effects of uneven school funding.
Discussion of interactions and relationships between Kenwood and the community (including ideas from open house discussion between residents, businesspersons, teachers, students, administrators) and assessments of the state of the school, and info about the principal search, are found in the Kenwood section of News of Schools, and other hydepark.org pages referenced there.
5015 S. Blackstone Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60715. 773 535-1350, Fax 773 535-1408.
CEEB Code: 140-917.
elected: Gregory Jones
body c. 1700
Att. area: Cottage-Lake, 47th to 59th
- Events, meetings, (lsc incl. election; School Improvement Plan, golf outing to help sports,
TIF to help pay for new gym risers and scoreboard)
- Navigating budget cuts, improvement plan 2010
- How Kenwood accomplishes excellence in 2010 in the Seven Standards of Instructional Leadership
- Silver Rated School, full press on for Gold and identifying the barriers
And some reasons why the Academic Center is rated #1
- Successes reported at March 2009 CIPAAA open houses
- Bleachers on the way
Local School Council meets now 3rd Wednesdays at 6:30 pm in the Library.
More parents are always needed to help out in the school and to cheer on their kids in their events and games. A parent or caregiver's involvement in a school and the lives of the children makes the difference. There are also many committees parents and others can serve on. Find out about the PAC.
Fundraiser for capital needs of Kenwood, with former Fuls Nazr Mohammed and his foundation. August 24, 7 pm at Pazzo's, 311 S. wacker dr. Also Kenya Simone of WGCI and comediennne Erica Watson. Includes silent auction andancing. $50. kenwoodacademyfundraiser.eventbrite.com or Joy Glover at 301 466-0898.
The 53rd St. TIF Advisory Council voted May 10, 2010 to help with new risers, scoreboard for the Kenwood gym. Finally, July 6 2011 City Council approved the $60,000, with the remaining $34,000 coming from CPS. Mayor Emanuel introduced the ordinance and Ald. Will Burns shepherded it .
1. Leadership. High-Performance Teams - weekly and other meetings
2. Instr. leadership- improving teaching and learning- Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment- course maps, unit maps, syllabi; professional development days , interim student assessments against college readiness standards
3. Student-Centered Learning Culture
Personalized and Caring Environment-- assemblies, 9th grade orientation and Freshman advisory
High Academic Expectations-"in it to win" campaign, 3.0 or higher earns lunch off campus ids
Discipline and Order- security team meets weekly
4. Professional Development an Human Resources Management
Professional development area and CPS administrative conferences- Kenwood was recognized as a top gainer in ACT reading for class of 2011 and shared strategies.
Staff observations/evaluation and instructional supervision
Parent Involvement and Community partnerships. Band in Chicago Jazz Festival
5 School Management and Daily Operations
Pool renovation. Fiscal management
All teacher positions were restored, those available have been filled
6. Interpersonal Effectiveness, communication incl electronic
7 Special Education/individual lesson plans.
A full press is on to identify children having trouble and what the real issues are-- full social and environment as well as academic approach ("wrap around"), with everyone including parents at the table. The school is also working to get at the bottom of issues as they arise, from attendance to this or that aspect of grammar where a particular child, classes, or the student body as a whole are having difficulty.
Freshmen on track is at 89% and a full press is on, also with sophomores. Students are engaged to stay after school for extra help and put with a teacher with whom they have rapport.
Some barriers: effective transportation/CTA to get kids to school on time, including with cuts coming in February. The state wants the school to recruit more students with disabilities.
Some reasons why the 7-th 8th grade Kenwood Academic Center has 100% at or above standards and students ace the ISAT. Ranked Number 1 in Illinois in 2009.
The enter has 189 students offered an advanced curriculum and opportunity to earn high school credits, participate in select high school activities. 82% stay at Kenwood in part because excelling Kenwood high school students can take U of C courses--and the Academic Center students are ready for that. The city has 6 academic centers. Director is Jennifer Hey-Lewis, who says the secret is not just selection (which was eased a bit last year because of swine flu) but high expectations, including college as the mission. Selection criteria include maturity, scoring in 70th percentile on tests, good grades and attendance.
Kenwood Academy High School Continues to Raise the Bar
From the July 2009 Conference Reporter. By Cynthia Liberty, Chairperson, Kenwood Local School Council
The 2008-2009 school year has come to an end and during the school year Kenwood Academy has been keeping track of progress and making plans for next year. At a recent Town Hall meeting, members of the LSC, school leadership, teachers, student, parents and community members met in an open forum to review data, celebrate accomplishments and determine needs to establish priorities and begin to set goals for school planning.
At the meeting, progress was reviewed and reported around four key areas that had been targeted for monitoring. Kenwood teachers and students have been working to focus on instruction and student achievement in both literacy and math, as well as on supporting freshmen “on track” and on enhancing the learning climate by personalizing learning and expanding student opportunities.
Instructional initiatives at Kenwood have been focused around Student Engagement. Teachers have been collaborating to learn new strategies and enhance their practice in order to keep students engaged and active in learning. Teachers have also been active observing and in dialogue with one another about effective practices that keep students using data and shaping their classroom instruction around specific learning needs of students. The success of these initiatives has been demonstrated by practice tests and student scores which show Kenwood on-track to meeting the school-wide goal as measured by the PSAE.
The 7th and 8th grade program is optimal size and the percentage of 7th and 8th graders scoring at the “meets or exceeds” level is 99.7%. Kenwood retained about 82% of Academic Center students for the 9th grade. New ways to measure real skills and levels are being sought.
Kenwood’s Freshmen On-Track Lab has provided additional support to students, and has resulted in a Freshmen On-Track rate that is one of the highest in CPS. Throughout the year, students have been supported by Intercession, bi-weekly course team meetings, additional staff, as well as regular reporting of attendance and grades in order to make sure that Kenwood students are making progress and are successful in classes. After the first semester, 90.1% of freshmen were on track to graduate from high school. Kenwood has continued to support students and provide for a safe learning environment, and student misconduct continue to decline.
In addition to the review of instructional priorities, a focus on freshmen, and a review of data that shows that students are on-track to success, the Kenwood community also celebrated the accomplishments of students in the Academic Decathlon, Mikva and civic leadership finalists. The Broncos football and basketball teams were successful, the track and field teams continue to amaze us with win after win for both individual competitors and team events and in volleyball both our varsity and junior varsity teams made it to the state playoffs. Kenwood’s Music Department has won a host of honors and made lots of appearances and the Jazz Band represented us well at the Chicago Jazz Festival.
The Mission of College continues and Kenwood’s Graduating Class of 2009 has already received over $10,000,000 in college scholarship money.
Kenwood continues to raise the bar of expectations for students and staff, and as they approached the end of this year, the progress reporting and planning for next year had already begun.
Kenwood Academy accomplishments, challenges as reported at the CIPAAA meeting March 30, 2009.
A key transformative accomplishment is success with Freshmen on Track. This is funded and run from the outside and is seeking continuation grants. It concentrates on interventions to keep Freshmen meeting the benchmarks in this critical year and maintaining retention, especially of boys—in most schools they drop out in 9th or 10th grade so that senior classes are almost all girls. Much less so at Kenwood. In 2008 at Kenwood, percentage on track is 76.5 v. 66% and in 2009 is 91% (will drop as this is only March). Despite that only a fraction (c. 120) of the Freshman class (444) had Kenwood experience through the Academic Center (grades 7-8).
Also successful in keeping boys retention up was moving around major course progression, such as having biology in senior year (lots of boys quit when biology was in the 10th grade).
The Academic Center (grades 7 and)—all the students scored at least at grade level—new ways to measure real skills and levels are being sought. The program is a optimum size, even if more space were available, as smallness is the key. The Center and its students are now more a part of the whole school. There were many winning students and teams—science and history fairs, Future Cities, debate, sports. 83% went on to Kenwood 9th. Needs: smart board, new science lab, white boards (school wide).
Kenwood students won more in scholarship money than in any other CPS high school last year and that was without a Gates scholar. This year there is a Gates (unlimited, cream of the crop) scholar. There are two Posse winners and the most Siemens winners. Kenwood has the highest percentage of “FACA” completions including 100% in the AVID programs. A group of Juniors won a trip to tour colleges and do community service projects in Philadelphia in May.
* Remind parents etc. to contact legislator offices to apply for General Assembly scholarships.
Students had major accomplishments including 2nd round in Academic Decathlon, Mikva civic leadership finalist, Latin and other language competitions, Drama Starz. Kenwood has sections in college level calculus and statistics.
There was much professional development and reduction of staff and student “deficits”. Still needing additional work—behaviors (steady drop in incidents, esp. serious, but not thefts (I-pods, cell phones), creating less restrictive environments with self-contained classrooms, more computer training—including starting over for new students whose families generally don’t have access to computers and internet. Attendance is improving. The school needs many more computers and printers, including for the library and media center. Vertical and horizontal coordination of learning, and planning, are strong. Scores are making progress. Counseling is strong but still has needs.
At a glance:
Mission: Kenwood Academy is committed to building collaboration with all students, parents, teachers, and the community to provide a rigorous educational program that prepares all students, including students with disabilities, for college success.
Vision: Kenwood academy is a community of students, parents, teachers, and local citizens committed to preparing students, including with disabilities, to succeed as intelligent, creative, and socially responsible global citizens with a lifelong passion for learning.
Grades 7-8 Academic Center for gifted students; Grades 9-12 Accelerated magnet Program in partnership with the University of Chicago.
Kenwood offers more than 20 Advanced Placement courses in all academic subject areas and fine arts in addition to honors classes. College Bridge courses are offered in partnership with several colleges adn universities.
Kenwood Academy is fully accredited with the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. it has also been awarded full recognition status by the Superintendent of Public Instruction of the State of Illinois.
Over 80% of the Class of 2009 continued on to a four-year institution. Kenwood graduates earn millions of dollars in merit scholarships.
Partnerships for preparing all students for college success: University of Chicago Network for College Success, GEAR UP, IDS, AVID, and Hyde Park Art Center.
Defining Excellence/promoting school improvement:The Five Fundamentals of School Success model is used to focus school planning on what matters most. This model was built on research developed and refined by CPS practitioners and stakeholders and used to guide the CIPAAA process: Instruction, Instructional Leadership, Professional Capacity, Learning Climate, and Family and Community Involvement.
2008-2010 Kenwood School Improvement Plan Priorities:
Literacy: Improve instruction and achievement through targeted plan of teacher development, coaching, and standardized assessments.
Mathematics: Improve math instruction and achievement by increasing student access to technology and through targeted plan of teacher development, coaching, and standardized assessments.
On track to Graduation: Increase course and credit completion by providing academic support, teacher collaboration, and parent communication.
Learning Climate: Improve the school climate by personalizing learning environment, promoting academic success and citizenship, expanding opportunities for student voice nd leadership.
Kenwood is a 4-year high school, a transformation school, with an Academic Center for gifted 7th through 12th with enrollment of about 1700. It is located on the south side of Chicago in Hyde Park-Kenwood, serving students there as well as students from throughout the city enrolled in one of its Options programs. (The Options program is competitive and involves both accelerated high school courses and the option of taking classes at the University of Chicago.)
Hundreds and more youngsters apply every year to attend Kenwood, a neighborhood school with high scores. There is not room for all of them, but Kenwood does not turn students away except for full space. Like all schools, Kenwood this year will have a slightly smaller staff serving the same number of students. Kenwood utilizes tutors, heavily from the University and could use many more! Contact Elizabeth Kirby if you can help.
Faculty- 120. 74% have MA/MS, 47% of these 30+ hours beyond. Two are PHD's. The average has served 8 years at Kenwood, half of their 17.2 years in the profession. Kenwood is fully accredited including by North Central.
Student body- varied, from the community and outside (60-70% latter). African-American 90%, white 4%, Hispanic 2.7%, Asian 2.5%.
College, etc. Over 80% of the class of 2004 continued on to a 4 year institution, 5% a two-year college. Several entered the military.
Avid- a program that opens access to the curriculum in a way that ensures college eligibility, mainstream involvement in school activities, and responsible citizenship.
Student activities and leadership opportunities- There's literally an activity for every interest. Over 25 clubs in addition to sports included 3 National Honor Societies, subject-based, service and social based, ad more.
Graduation requirements. There are 110+ courses. 24 credits are required in English, Math, Science, Social Studies, Languages, Art, Music, Physical Education, and 5 elective units. Non-credit requirement are advisory, drivers ed, consumer ed, Public law 195, and 40 hours of community service.
Grading- A 95-100, B 88-94, C 81-87, D 75-80, F below 75. Rank and GPA are computed at the end of semesters. These are weighted for Honors and Advanced Placement courses
Course levels. Students are grouped in ability groups for each subject. Project Excel and College Bridge courses are available with DeVry, Robert Morris, Kennedy-King, Malcolm X, Harold Washington, Truman, University of Chicago, and DePaul.mall Learning Communities. This is especially stressed for incoming freshmen cohorts, for whom the core is the Freshman Academy Program.
Course Departments: Art, English, Foreign Language, Social Science, Math, Music, Physical Education, Cinema, Education to Careers
Highlights of interest to the community, as presented at a Kenwood Open House for community school-interested persons
Reporter's note: If the proof is in the pudding, there is a very impressive group of high achieving, community-involved students at Kenwood, not just in the top but in the next tiers as well. GMO
- Kenwood has two highly successful magnet programs with about 80 students: together the programs set a core high standard and have many offerings not available anywhere else in the city.
- Kenwood-University of Chicago Accelerated Magnet Program
- Kenwood Scholars. This includes the Math Scholars and World Language Scholars- up to 4 years including honors courses. 30 of 71 in the two magnet programs are from the attendance area, all of Hyde Park and Kenwood.
- The Academic Center has 71 7th graders, of whom 30 live in the attendance area.
- Reaching and challenging the not-quite-performing: AVID- Advancement Via Individual Determination: This program, adopted from a student-researched successful program in California, challenges middle-range students to prepare for attending and finishing college through "rigor, relevancy, rapport". Components include the challenge to take a many honors courses as the student is prepared to handle (honor courses being the best predictor of college success: 80 percent who take 2 or more go to college), discipline skills including note-taking for the whole picture--the 'dreaded' "Binders" and "Cornell Notes"--and tutoring for interpersonal as well as academic skills. This includes networking, study-buddy, special attention to the right-brain favored, and personal presentation (i.e. "SLANT"). Currently enrolling 100+, AVID will enroll 200 in 2005-06. 90% who are in this program for 4 years do go on to college. This year CPS will start AVID in all high schools- first in the nation to do so.
- Kenwood has 15 Advanced Placement courses, one of the highest numbers in CPS. These range from English literature to composition, languages, history, sciences, math, environmental science, the arts, and computing. (Full list in following sections.)
- Kenwood is largely organized into Small Learning Centers. Students are kept in personal contact with adults. Incoming students and their parents are extensively oriented.
Many of these adults are University of Chicago tutors of the Neighborhood Schools Program.
- Two student organizations mentor fellow students:
- FOCUS organizes many special programs, service activities, field trips, and college tours. In spring 2005 the group organized a recognition/roast of teachers affair.
- Brotherhood mentors specific individuals and provides positive peer pressure.
- Kenwood students are closing in on $500,000 in scholarship winnings this year--a high proportion for a full 4 years. Schools chosen include Dennison, Drake, Hampton, Harvard, Howard, Loyola, Marquette, Morehouse, Northwestern, UI Urbana, UI Chicago, Rutgers, Yale.
- Kenwood has a full range of extra curricular activities. Those in music, performance, arts, writing, history, sports and cheerleading consistently win awards.
Fall 2009: Brotherhood mentoring project turns students into published manual, authors gets national attention and emulation
According to the June 29, 2011 Herald, the $59K the 53rd TIF appropriated in May 2010 as its share in the costs of the bleachers and scoreboard are moving through City council- after submission by Mayor Emanuel (who visited the school to see quality neighborhood school education), Finance Committee has approved it. CPS will pick up the remaining $34 K. There had been an accounting glitch or shortfall in TIF funds.