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Senn to present community plan

Senn High School’s local school council and its strategic planning committee will present their five-year strategic plan at a community meeting Monday, March 10, 7 p.m., 5900 N. Glenwood.

The plan calls for keeping Senn as a general community school, enhancing its academic programs and publicizing its “unique and rich learning opportunities.”

A few weeks after the committee released a draft of its plan last September, Ald. Mary Ann Smith announced a counterproposal — closing the general high school and opening four small schools.

 Smith is the major supporter of the Rickover Naval Academy at Senn, which has generated widespread controversy.

The LSC opposed the academy, as did a “Senn Tomorrow” committee convened by Smith (and then disbanded); 70 percent of 48th Ward voters backed a 2006 referendum calling for a formal process with community input to revisit the Rickover decision.  CPS declined to follow through.

The LSC organized the planning committee in August 2006 and opened it to students, parents, teachers, administrators, community residents and elected officials.  Through community forums and comments, many hundreds of school and community members have participated.

Founded in 1913, Senn has one of the most diverse student bodies in the nation, with students from 60 countries, speaking 45 languages.

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