Peabody, Carpenter on school shutdown list

Peabody Elementary, 1444 W. Augusta, would be closed for low enrollment in the school restructuring plan announced today. Carpenter Elementary, 1250 W. Erie, would be phased out.

Enrollment at Peabody and four other schools are less than 40% of capacity, according to the Chicago Public Schools announcement.

Carpenter, which is 23% full, will not take new students and staff will be cut. Last year, Andersen Community Academy, 1148 N. Honore, was set for phaseout but with the multilingual LaSalle Language Academy curriculum replacing the Andersen program.

Public hearings and community meetings will begin Jan. 26, and the school board could act on the plan as early as Feb. 25.

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