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Chicago Park Distict

Summer program to connect students from CPS closing and welcoming schools

The Chicago Park District is planning a summer initiative to connect children who attend soon-to-be shuttered CPS schools with students from the schools they will be enrolled in this fall, announced district General Superintendent and CEO Michael Kelly on Tuesday.

While speaking at a City Club of Chicago luncheon, Kelly said that as part of the program, the district will invite children and principals from both the schools slated for closure and their “welcoming schools” to nearby parks to give students an opportunity to meet one another before the start of the school year.

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Park district to test bond market waters this summer

The Chicago Park District set in motion Wednesday plans to issue $35 million in bonds this June, as the agency vies to secure money for their long-term capital plan.

The district’s Board of Commissioners adopted a resolution authorizing the agency to reimburse any bond it issues, a procedural hurdle necessary to enter the bond market.  At an earlier meeting Wednesday of the district’s Committee on Administration, Cynthia Evangelsti, acting treasurer for the park district, acknowledged that the bond market is currently unpredictable.