Square parents, residents and the Local School Council (LSC) at Ames
Middle School say they want Chicago Public Schools (CPS) officials to meet with them about the
district's plan to affiliate their neighborhood school with the Marine
Corps next year.
Ames LSC members stressed at their meeting Tuesday morning that those from nearby feeder schools should also have an opportunity to weigh in about the decision to convert Ames, located at 1920 N. Hamlin Ave., into a military academy. Those feeder schools include
John Barry Elementary, Laughlin Falconer Elementary, Kelvyn Park High
School, Sharon Christa McAuliffe Elementary and William P. Nixon
No CPS officials attended Ames' morning LSC meeting, although several school district
representatives were reportedly invited to attend.
has had the courtesy to come to us, the parents, constituents and, most
importantly, the students that will be most affected [by this decision],"
said Ames LSC member Jose Jaramillo. "We are tired of trying to fight a
battle of people making decisions for our school when we are the ones
that are vested and give all our time for the excellence of our
community and school."