The fight over public school closures and consolidations in Chicago came to the
northwest side community of Logan Square this week, as nearly 100
concerned parents and residents filled a classroom in Ames Middle
School in response to a proposed plan to move a military academy into
The plan, submitted to the Chicago Board of
Education by Ald. Roberto Maldonado (26th), would bring Marine Military
Academy High School, currently located at 145 S. Campbell Ave., to Ames
with the intent of expanding the school to include both 7th and 8th grades.
Organizers for the event said an invitation was sent to Maldonado to attend the community meeting, but he declined.
proposal sparked anger among the school’s parents, who said Maldonado
never discussed the plan with the community, which according to a survey
conducted last month by the Logan Square Neighborhood Association (LSNA), is
overwhelmingly opposed to the idea.
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