The North Side neighborhood school is one of the many CPS (Chicago Public Schools) being forced to close its doors. Trumbull Elementary is being voted on today on whether or not the school will be saved. Trumbull is one of 54 schools which are scheduled to close in the 2013-2014 school year, according to Lincoln Square Patch.
Can Social Media save the day?
Friends of Trumbull under the Twitter handle @SaveTrumbull is a group of parents and community members dedicated to saving and growing the elementary school.
Police recently shut down a planned sit-in at during a book fair at Trumbull:
Friends of Trumbull is also on Facebook and posted a letter from Andersonville residents that Ali and Paul Burke wrote to the Chicago Board of Education. They laid out a four point argument as to why the school should be saved; you can read the whole letter here.
Ward 40 Ald. Patrick O’Connor also spoke against the school’s closure. In a letter sent home to parents, CPS officials said the building would require a $16.3 million investment to maintain and bring up to code. According to O’Connor, that number was largely exaggerated and CPS knocked down the figure to $10.9 million.
Andersonville is a strong community and family neighborhood and have shown resilience to the Chicago Board of Education’s decision to close Trumbull. However, because the vote is today, there is not much else the community can do but sit and wait for the verdict.