CPS announces new hires for safe passage and welcoming programs
Chicago Public Schools will announce its new hires Monday morning, who will help transition kids to their new schools.
245 new hires will take on summer positions in the Sending and Welcoming School communities. A portion will begin training this morning at Calhoun North Elementary school in the East Garfield Park neighborhood. CPS Chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett recommended the board hire people in affected communities as part of the transition.
According to CPS, 200 new hires will execute responsibilities that include packing up learning tools and moving furniture and other school materials to Welcoming Schools based on their needs.
45 new hires will serve as dedicated information technology (IT) teams charged with disabling, transporting, and installing technology equipment for all Sending and Welcoming Schools.
600 other Chicago residents and community members will work in an expanded safe passage program that will cost the city $7 million. It launched the program in 2009, putting community members on school routes to get children to and from school safely.
Parents said they worry the new safe passage routes will make their children walk farther, and often through dangerous areas to get to the new schools.
In May, the Chicago Board of Education decided to close dozens of schools because of what they called poor student performance or underutilized buildings. 30,000 students are set to go to new schools in the fall.