RAVENSWOOD — At Thursday's meeting of Courtenay Elementary's Local School Council, the principal's report was short and sweet:
"I've moved in and that's about it," said Macquline King.
Hired just weeks ago, King is the answer to a question that's plagued Courtenay ever since CPS announced the school would move from its current location at 1726 W. Berteau Ave. to a new home occupying Uptown's Stockton Elementary, whose students will also remain in the building.
With JoAnn Percel serving as Courtenay's part-time principal during the 2012-13 school year after retiring the previous summer, parents had wondered who was going to take over on a long-term basis.
Now that King's on board, the school's leadership is no longer in doubt.
An 18-year CPS veteran, King, who lives on the Near West Side, comes to Courtenay from Dumas Technology Academy on the South Side, where she was also principal.
The Courtenay-Stockton transition team is planning an official event to introduce King to parents sometime later in July, with the date and location still up in the air. But King said she also plans to attend a more informal outing set for July 16 — a 5:30 p.m. gathering of the Courtenay and Stockton communities prior to the weekly Welles Park Gazebo concert series.
"We'll have an area designated where families can join together," said Tammy Lunetto, assistant principal at Courtenay and member of the transition team. "It's an opportunity for the families from the schools to meet and greet."
More mingling events have been scheduled throughout the summer, including a Movie in the Parks night, Aug. 16, at Winnemac Park.