Sunday, February 12, 2017

An announcement from the alderman!

Ald. O'Shea

Presented by Alderman O'Shea 2/11/17:
Earlier today, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and I announced major school construction projects with a combined $40 million budget. Mount Greenwood Elementary School, located at 10841 S. Homan Avenue, will receive a new 12 classroom permanent annex to alleviate long term overcrowding at that location. 
In the past six years, CPS has added an annex and a temporary
modular building. Unfortunately, the expansion of the campus has been outpaced by years of enrollment increases. There are currently 1,110 students at Mount Greenwood Elementary, despite an ideal capacity of 990. As a result of overcrowding, Mount Greenwood School has had to eliminate pre-school, conduct art on mobile carts, offer speech pathology in a closet behind the auditorium and shift the school nurse into a classroom of students. Next year, they will lose their library and computer lab. 
The new 12-classroom annex will be a permanent structure connected to the main school building at the southeast corner of the campus. Architects and engineers will work with the Mount Greenwood School community to design a building that best suits their needs. 
Aside from alleviating unsafe overcrowding, this project will increase the overall ADA accessibility of the campus. This is especially significant as the school has a robust diverse learners program. Mount Greenwood Elementary is a level 1+ school, the highest rank possible for a Chicago Public School.