ENGLEWOOD — A steering committee has been formed by Chicago Public Schools to help get community ideas for the new high school planned for Englewood, officials announced Thursday.
This group of 13 — leaders, educators and parents — will meet once a month with CPS officials.
“Families, educators and community leaders in Englewood have such a strong vision for what they hope their new high school will be, and we want to incorporate that vision in key decisions,” said CPS CEO Forrest Claypool.
“We know that by working together, we can build a state-of-the-art, modern high school that brings Englewood students back to Englewood,” he said.
The committee has been asked to share thoughts about academics, safety, transportation and other issues, said CPS officials. The committee’s work will be in addition to public meetings and briefings that will continue to be held throughout this process, CPS says.
To form the committee, CPS consulted various community members, looking for diverse backgrounds and perspectives within Englewood. Representatives are from both East and West Englewood.
The members are:
• Aysha Butler, executive director of RAGE
•Dori Collins, co-chair Englewood CAC
•Tyson Everett, executive director, Bridging the Tys to Jordan
•Ed Ford, CAC member
•Perry Gunn, executive director, Teamwork Englewood
•Keith Harris, vice president, Englewood Political Task Force
•Eddie Johnson, executive director, Antioch CSSA
•Craig Lynch, president, Kennedy King College
•Dr. Jonathan McKenzie, CEO, The Family Centered Educational Agency
•Darlene O'Banner, Earle Advisory PAC Leader, Earle LSC member
•Debra Payne, president, Southwest Federation Block Club
•Coretta Pruitt, chief of technology, Englewood CAC
• Gloria Williams, president, voices of West Engelwood
The new $75 million school would be built on the site of Robeson High School, opening with a freshman class in the fall of 2019. Englewood Community Action Council formally requested the new school in May, which would force the merger of Harper, Hope, Robeson and TEAM Englewood high schools. The proposal would merge four schools into a new building at Robeson High School.
Enrollment at Englewood's high schools has dropped since last year.
• Harper High School saw an 18 percent decline.
• Robeson High School saw an 18 percent decline.
• Hope High School saw a 30 percent decline.
• TEAM High School saw a 41 percent decline.