A number of folks have let me know that there's talk about closing Keller in order to deal with overcrowding at Mt. Greenwood, and an informational meeting later this week. What's the rationale, and does it make any sense? How is this fair to Keller kids and families? Has CPS done this before? Is the overcrowding all that bad at Mt. Greenwood?
As background, I'm told that last year CPS tried to move a TMH class out of Mt.
Greenwood School and did move an autism classroom. The Beverly/Mt
Greenwood area has seen tremendous overcrowding due to many families
pulling their kids from Catholic schools.
Read below for an unconfirmed letter, and let us know what you know. I obviously know nothing, but am sure that one or several of you know all about it.
Good Afternoon Keller Parents,
It is with a heavy heart that I am writing this communication to you
this afternoon. Keller has always been not only a strong community of
learners but a family. We have fun together, eat together, celebrate
together and most importantly learn together. The time has come in
which Keller must face adversity together.
In an effort to handle this
situation in a calm atmosphere as a family, while protecting our
children, the Keller Local School Council distributed a letter
requesting the presence of Keller parents to an informational meeting
to provide important information about our school. To remove the
anxiety and unrest of the unknown, I am informing you today that there
is currently a proposal to relocate Keller school at the conclusion of
the 2010-2011 school year.
Please remember that as the instructional
leader of Keller School, I must focus my energy on providing a
nurturing, safe environment conducive to teaching and learning for our
students. Despite this situation, our children must still be able to
come to the Keller environment in which they have become accustomed to.
As you know, I am a tenacious advocate for our students, therefore,
this leaves me in a complex situation. I implore all parents to
maintain a level head and work together in a calm manner as there is no
easy way to address this issue. I am sure that because of the family
oriented nature of our learning community the Council would prefer to
come before you in a closed intimate setting open to Keller parents
only. However, at this time this will not be possible for I fear that
it may not turn out to be the private setting that was originally
intended and could result in a chaotic situation for our school
environment. Instead, I encourage all parents to attend an open
public meeting facilitated by CPS officials for all Keller parents on
Thursday, January 28, 2010 at 6:00p.m.- location to be announced.
This has been the most difficult communication that I have ever written
to our school community. I hope you all know how much I truly love our
children, school and all of my parents. I will continue to lead our
school with every ounce of my mind, body and spirit. This is a
difficult time for us all but together we will get through it.