GEMS World Academy announces new head of school
Kim Wargo, a 20-year veteran of the independent school world who has led private institutions in Dallas, San Francisco, and New Orleans, will assume the helm of GEMS’ Academy’s Chicago campuses in July, the school announced this month.
Before joining the independent, international educational organization that boasts two Chicago campuses, Ms. Wargo served as Eugene McDermott Headmistress of The Hockaday School, a PK-12 boarding school in Dallas, TX.
According to a press release, she will transition into her new post this month by holding “the first of what is expected to be a series of meetings with GEMS families and teachers.”
She replaces Geoff Jones, GEMS Academy’s founding Head of School, who is retiring. Mr. Jones is credited with being among the visionaries who helped to shape GEMS’ respected reputation.
The GEMS organization educates children aged kindergarten through 12th grade in 83 schools spanning 14 countries.
Lucas Museum may not be built in Chicago
The George Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, after announcing plans to locate in Chicago next year, may not be coming to the Windy City after all.
The Friends of the Park — a not-for-profit citizens’ organization with a mission to “preserve, protect, improve and promote the use of parks and open spaces throughout Chicago” — sued the museum last year on grounds that its Chicago intentions do not represent the public interest.
The museum almost immediately filed a motion to dismiss, but it was denied by Chicago U.S. District Judge John last month.
According to some reports, the city of Oakland, located much closer to Lucas’ hometown and production company, is currently preparing a bid for the alleged $700 million dollar institution.
S&J Construction replaced the pin and links that connect the large sections of Upper Wacker Drive north of Columbus Dr. The process required workers to remove the old bolts by melting them with a welding torch.
From now through March 12, residents can participate in early voting for the upcoming March 15 primary in two nearby locations:
· Museum of Broadcast Communications, 360 N. State Street
· Board of Elections, 69 W. Washington Street
March CAPS beat meeting
The next monthly meeting to cover issues within police beats in and around Chicago’s 1st District will take place on March 10 from 7 to 8 p.m. at 400 E. Randolph. The 1st District extends from the Chicago River to 31st Street, and from Lake Michigan to Des Plaines. There are eleven beats within the area including the 14th, which is dedicated to the New Eastside.
Chicago Public Schools cuts jobs
Citing an $85 million budget cut, CPS Chief Executive Officer Forrest Claypool on February 29 announced that 62 employees, including 17 teachers, were to be laid off.
Although he referred to the move as “painful,” he said it was necessary “to secure fair funding for our students, bring Illinois up from last in the country for education funding and work with Springfield to start treating students in poverty fairly, so our students get the education they deserve.”
— Daniel Patton | Staff Writer