Michele Smith understands that a great education is key to keeping families in our city. She has been a strong advocate for education in the 43rd Ward, and it shows. Since taking office in 2011, she’s fought for the necessary funding resources needed to ensure our schools in the 43rd Ward remain our top priority.
Expanding Lincoln Elementary School
When Lincoln Elementary School (the highest performing neighborhood school in Chicago) was faced with severe overcrowding that resulted in students being taught boiler rooms and hallways, Michele knew she had to act.
Knowing the City’s fiscal condition, she went to Springfield and fought for $18 million in state funding to build the Annex at Lincoln Elementary, which will open in the 2015-16 school year.
The Annex will create additional classrooms and allow for greater educational programming, and more importantly will allow every student within the current boundary to continue to enjoy the world-class education that Lincoln Elementary provides.
And thanks to the Mayor’s leadership, Lincoln Elementary School now has full-day kindergarten for the first time.
Children come first. Michele knows that, and her record backs her up.
Renovating Open Space at Alcott College Prep and Newberry Academy
When parents of Alcott students needed help to renovate the muddy vacant lot dilapidated outdoor space near the school, Michele worked to secure $1.3 in funding to build for the “Field of Dreams”, a project that will dramatically improve the field and support our children.
The Field of Dreams will include a new soccer/baseball field, running track, basketball and sport court, and two new play structures, all on a “green” infrastructure, providing new outdoor space for Alcott school kids and the entire Park West community to enjoy.
At Newberry Academy, Michele helped build the new turf field and playground, providing new amenities for school children and the Lincoln Central neighborhood.
Protecting LaSalle Language Academy
When political opponents floated a plan to discontinue the magnet program at LaSalle Language Academy, one of the top performing magnet schools in the City, Michele Smith stood up to protect hundreds of students from being displaced and ensure they have access to a top tier public education.
Lincoln Park High School
Michele Smith understands the importance of a top-quality local high school high-quality local schools in our community. That’s why she fought to convert Lincoln Park High School to a wall-to-wall International Baccalaureate, further improving the school’s academic standing. She’ll keep fighting to get the high school the resources it needs to be a great choice for all 43rd Ward families.