September decision now expected for SLS

08/09/2010 12:29 PM

By Micah Maidenberg

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Chicago Public Schools expects to roll out a plan to ease South Loop Elementary School's overcrowding issues in September, a spokeman confirmed.
At a meeting in April, Jose Alvarez, a CPS administrator, said he was convening a "working group" to consider various options for South Loop, which has seen an increasing number of students enrolling from the surrounding neighborhood, putting classroom space at a premium.
Alvarez said then that a public meeting about the working group's decisions would likely be held in June, with a plan ready for CPS chief executive Ron Huberman's sign-off in August. It wasn't immediately clear if the board of education would also need to confirm the working group's decision.
Frank Shuftan, the CPS spokesman, wrote in a e-mail that "specifics of the proposal are being finalized by the working committee and it would be premature to announce anything at this time."
He wrote that once the decision is final, another public meeting will be scheduled.
Some South Loop School observers criticized the formation of the working group in a letter to the editor published in Chicago Journal last May.

Shuftan wrote in a subsequent e-mail that, "
Because of the press of District business, it is taking slightly longer to formalize plans for South Loop School." He noted no changes will be made to the school's present enrollment and spacing structure for the 2010-2011 school year.

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