The Chicago Public Schools (CPS) this evening removed Gale Math and Science Academy from a list of schools under consideration for closure. This means Gale will remain open for the 2013-14 academic year.
As I reported Monday, Gale was one of nearly 200 elementary schools that fell within the criteria for possible closing set forth in an interim report of the Commission on School Utilization. CPS released an updated list this evening and Gale was no longer included. For a pdf copy of the list,CLICK HERE.
A “town hall meeting” announced earlier this week to discuss the future of Gale will still be held, though the topic will focus on improving the school rather than fighting a potential closure. The meeting is taking place tomorrow (Thursday, February 14th), 5:30 p.m., in the Gale School auditorium, 1631 W. Jonquil (at Ashland).
Unfortunately, Gale School scheduled the town hall meeting without first checking my availability. I will be out of town on a previously scheduled trip and will be unable to attend. However, my chief-of-staff, Betsy Vandercook, and my staff assistant, Wayne Frazier, will attend in my stead
We can now all breathe a sigh of relief now that Gale will remain open and redouble our efforts at continuing to improve the quality of education at Gale.