Senn High School Launches Nonprofit to Raise Money

By Benjamin Woodard on January 13, 2013 8:14am 

 Senn High School principal Susan Lofton, right, has had the top job at the school for two years.
Senn High School principal Susan Lofton, right, has had the top job at the school for two years.
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EDGEWATER — A nonprofit group, called Friends of Senn, is ready to take donations to help fund new laptops, extra teachers and art tutors, said Senn High School principal Susan Lofton.

"We are in business," said Lofton, who's in her second year as principal of the International Baccalaureate school.

Local School Council members hashed out the final details of filing paperwork with the International Revenue Service and Illinois Attorney General at a Thursday night meeting.

Community member Tom Welch, an education consultant and former teacher and principal, said the money raised through the nonprofit will give the school "opportunities to do a lot of things to support students and learning at Senn that aren't directly coming from the school administration."

Senn High School shed its probation rating this year and was promoted to good standing by Chicago Public Schools after achieving higher test scores and attendance rates.

Senn's next LSC meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Feb. 7.

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