Here's a recap of some recent comings and goings along with a several other updates:
1. George F. Cassell Fine Arts School, 11314 S. Spaulding Ave., Mount Greenwood. Eileen Scanlan was chosen as principal of the school with 386 students July 6. Scanlan left her job as principal of Kate S. Kellogg Elementary School in North Beverly to take the top spot at Cassell, where she previously served as assistant principal.
2. Kate S. Kellogg Elementary School, 9241 S. Leavitt St., North Beverly. Meanwhile, Cory Overstreet was named interim principal at Kellogg upon Scanlan's departure. Overstreet was also a candidate for the Cassell principal job and served as interim principal and associate principal there prior to the shake-up.
3. Clissold Elementary School, 2350 W. 110th Place, Morgan Park. There will be several new teachers at Clissold this year after the retirement of five veteran educators last year. The staffing changes saved the school a considerable amount of money, which helped as Principal Sean McNichols sought to make up for a $302,000 funding shortfall compared to the previous year.
4. Esmond Elementary School, 1865 W. Montvale Ave., Morgan Park. The Parents as Mentors program launched last year at Alice L. Barnard Elementary School in East Beverly will expand to Esmond this year, according Margot Burke Holland, executive director of the Beverly Area Planning Association. The program trains parents, grandparents and others to work directly with students and teachers in the classroom.
5. Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, 3857 W. 111th St., Mount Greenwood. Basic Brown, a Standardbred broodmare, is expecting another foal in April. She's already given birth to Send For Me and Emily Strong — a horse named for Emily Beazley — at the school dedicated to teaching agriculture to urban students.
6. Morgan Park High School, 1744 W. Pryor Ave. New lockers have been installed throughout the neighborhood high school serving 1,480 students while others were repaired. Principal Carolyn Epps said the work was completed over the summer.
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