• Schools: Jamieson Elementary Construction

    Please be advised that construction of the new Annex at Jamieson Elementary will begin Monday, November 30th. Construction will take place Monday thru Saturday between the hours of 6:00 am and 7:00 pm.

    As part of the expansion, sewer work will also begin Monday to tie in the City’s sewer system. The work hours of this particular job are anticipated to be between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm and will continue through Friday, December 11th.

    jamiesonconstructSewer work will take place on Francisco Ave. between Bryn Mawr Ave. and Hollywood Ave. One lane of traffic northbound will remain open through the duration of the sewer tie-in work. “No Parking – Tow Zone Only” signs have been posted on the west side of Francisco Ave.

    Construction of the Annex is scheduled to be complete by August 2016.

    The current plans for the Jamieson School addition started to be formulated about three years ago, but the discussion of an addition actually started years ago, before the “demountable” classroom was put in. Kevin McCann was the Principal at the time, and the school was overcrowded. The Board of Ed offered him a mobile classroom called a “demountable.” I advised him not to take it, because once you accept that from the Board of Ed, experience would show you that you’re not going to get your addition anytime soon. Consequently, that demountable has been there for the better part of 15 years. And, in part, it’s because he took the pressure off the Board of Ed that would have helped us to get the addition the school needed and the kids deserved.

    When Rahm Emanuel was elected Mayor, one of the advantages that we had was that Jamieson was included in his Congressional district. I knew he was familiar with the school, and he knew the school was severely overcrowded. We began talking about the fact that the school was overcrowded and the kids were eating lunches in the hallways, and that he really needed to come out and see what was going on there.

    At the same time, about two years ago, the LSC and the Principal came and visited my office, and they were interested in getting a new playground. At that time, I basically said to them, a new playground is something that we can shoot for. And, in fact, there’s been a new playground installed there, subsequent to their visit. But I told them that, as LSC members and as Principals and Teachers from the school, they really should broaden their horizons and look towards something bigger and bolder, and I told them that we should look towards trying to get an addition.

    I had the insight, from being involved in city government, to know that we were looking at another round of capital projects for the schools. And it was my hope that with a push from the LSC and from the community, we could go in and talk to the administration at the Board of Ed and talk the Mayor into helping to work towards this addition.

    A few months ago, before it was decided that this was going to happen- so late in the 2014 school year, before summer- the Mayor went and taught a class at Jaimeson. And we were able to show him the conditions at the school at a time very close to when the Board of Ed was making the decision about where dollars would be spent on the new capital program. That memory being fresh in the Mayor’s mind helped us with the Board of Ed, to tell them that the overcrowding at Jamison was significant and that it would be helpful to put this addition in.

    I think it’s great for the community. The kids obviously deserve it. I think that the parents and the LSC should be congratulated on taking up the challenge. But I will tell you that the timing was serendipitous, and we were very fortunate that we were able to draw down on one of the capital programs that the Board of Ed has put in, because those are few and far between these years. The budgets are very lean, and this would be a great thing for our school. In effect, we’ll double the size of the school, and we don’t anticipate doubling the size of the student body. We will be accommodating the current student body with a limited number of spaces to grow. The school is significantly overcrowded, and we’re answering a real need here.
    Update: December 1

    Please be aware that the Annex Community Meeting has been re-scheduled for Tuesday, December 2nd at 5:30pm. As part of my role as Chairman of the Workforce Development and Audit Committee, we are holding a meeting regarding the increase in minimum wage. This meeting was scheduled at the last minute so we do apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

    Update : November 25
    On Monday, December 1, 2014, Jamieson Elementary School will be hosting a very  important public meeting regarding our new annex. The meeting will be held in the  school’s main auditorium at 5:30 p.m. On Monday, December 1, 2014, Jamieson Elementary School will be hosting a very  important public meeting regarding our new annex. The meeting will be held in the  school’s main auditorium at 5:30 p.m. You can access the auditorium through the main  entrance on Mozart Street near Hollywood Street.

    Representatives from Alderman O’Connor’s Office, Chicago Public Schools, and the Public Building Commission will be in attendance to discuss the annex project and  answer any questions that you may have. All are highly encouraged and welcome to attend.

    Jamieson Elementary School
    When: 5:30pm Monday December 1st, 2014
    Address: Main Auditorium 5650 N. Mozart Street, Chicago, Illinois 60659
    Telephone: 773-534-2395



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