|photo courtesy CPS/Courtenay website|
From Ald. Pawar's latest newsletter:
What does this mean for Courtenay Elementary? Courtenay Elementary will be moving from its current location on Berteau and Hermitage to the current Stockton Elementary building located at 4420 N. Beacon Street (46th Ward). Stockton Elementary will be closing and assuming the name, leadership, and faculty and student body of Courtenay Elementary.
Why is Courtenay moving? In the current space, Courtenay students do not have a library, separate lunchroom facility, gym or science labs. The new building has all of these amenities. In recent years, Courtenay has had to implement a lottery system for admission because of a lack of space to grow enrollment. Moving to a new building will allow Courtenay to grow and take in existing students from Stockton.
Why is Stockton closing? According to CPS, enrollment at Stockton has declined 17% in the last ten years and the building is less than half full. Current Stockton students will have the option to stay in the current building, but will attend Courtenay Elementary, a level 2 school.
So CPS is moving Courtenay staff and programs from their current building to the Stockton building and renaming it Courtenay? Yes. Students that choose to attend Courtenay (from Courtenay and Stockton) will have a gym, library, science labs and a lunchroom at the new Courtenay facility.
What happens to the teachers and staff at Stockton? No specific details have been provided. However, CPS anticipates most Stockton students will stay in the school under the Courtenay name. Teachers at Stockton will have preference for open teaching positions at the new Courtenay Elementary. Teachers will be hired based on seniority and teacher reviews. If Stockton teachers are not hired by Courtenay, these teachers will be placed into a reassignment pool.
What will happen to the existing Courtenay building? I made clear to CPS that the community will be involved in any decision on the Courtenay property. CPS will be working with my office to schedule a community meeting to develop a plan as this moves forward.