H.B. Stowe School
A New Day For H.B. Stowe School
After a heated battle over accountability and quality education the Stowe School Local School Council, reached a mileston for the future of the education of the children in the Humboldt Park Community. With a united front, Stowe's LSC demanded Principal Charles Kyle be immeadiately removed by the Chicago Board Of Education's CEO Jean Claude Brizard as they declared their school in a "State of Chaos" at the Board's meeting on July 25th, 2012. After receiving a two-hundred page document that attests to 17 infractions of the Principal's "Code of Ethics" by Charles Kyle, the Board adopted Resolution Warning 12-0725-EX14, a small step towards accountability. At the heart of the communities concern is the quality of the education the students receive at Stowe School, after six consecutive years of test scores declining and a perpetual state of academic probation.
Stowe School's LSC received support from CPS through the Garfield/Humboldt Network Chief Mrs. Denise Little and her Assistant Mrs. Wanda Washington and their LSC Advisor Mrs. Pamela Price. After some tough meetings held on and off school grounds the LSC gained additional support from the community. On the first day of the 2012-2013 school year Principal Kyle was a "No Call/No Show" and due to his mismanagement of the school the children had no math textbooks. Network Chief Little and Stowe's LSC officially received Kyle's E-mail, notifying them of his resignation on the evening of September 4th. In a previous LSC meeting Kyle told the LSC members "If I go, the school goes" as he received a negative Principals' Review. Kyle did not fathom how prepared the LSC and the Network would be for his departure. His failed attempt to leave the school in disarray was met with the strong support of a unified LSC and of Dr. Sandra Crosby, a retired CPS Area Instructional Officer and now the Interim Principal at Stowe School.
For the first time in over a decade the doors to the Principals office are open to the students, parents, and community members as Dr. Crosby's policy is one of listening. Her commitment to the Stowe Community is not new, as she was temporarily placed at Stowe School the previous year by Network Chief Little to support Kyle. Dr. Crosby has seen first hand the needs of the students and the community. Soon the LSC will also be able to open its doors through a Parent/Community resource center where training and support services will be offered to the entire Humboldt Park Community. A long raod to recovery lies ahead but both the LSC and the current administration are happy to meet those challenges with patience and wisdom. As the selection process for a permanent leader for Stowe School begins so does the change necessary for its children to succeed. Stowe Schools LSC challenges the Humboldt Park community to be the change they wish to see.