Lost in the flurry of news last week was the story of Lincoln Elementary's quest for a $30 million middle school on the site of the Children's Memorial Hospital site, which is slated for redevelopment. Yikes. It's just a request from the LSC -- not even a unanimous one -- but it's already got the alderman and some of the city's big names involved.
Everyone knows how overcrowded Lincoln Elementary has become. Just a few months ago we were taking about how the principal had sent out a warning letter to parents about the rules governing who can and can't enroll. ("Faux" Lincoln ES Parents Warned)
The story first came to light (North Side development caught in crossfire over schools), which reported that some parents want to redraw boundaries and give Lincoln Park kids access to LaSalle.
Crain's covered it, too (Fight over former Children's Memorial Hospital campus roils Lincoln Park), noting objections against the LaSalle objections. [This has also come up in the past, last winter An Early Xmas For LaSalle.
Still, the request is pretty aggressive. Last week's Mary Mitchell's column (Lincoln Park school pushing cash-strapped CPS for new facility) noted what a ballsy move it was for the LSC -- and that it just might work.
Ironically, enrollment isn't as high as was expected this year. Here's a link to the LSC page, with the October 9 letter.