Wells principal surveys improved turf

Construction equipment prepares Wells grounds for artificial turf.

Outgoing Wells High School principal Rita Raichoudhuri will discuss Field of Hope ballfield construction, school issues and her new Chicago Public Schools job at Monday's East Village Association meeting.

Artificial turf for soccer and baseball are being installed in a $3 million project behind the school at 936 N. Ashland Ave.

Graduation rates rose this spring in citywide Chicago Public Schools statistics. University of Illinois at Chicago found better school effectiveness. Wells' results improved the school environment while its enrollment slipped to 365 last year.

This is Raichoudhuri's last month as principal. She has been named executive director of the Chicago schools Office of College and Career Success, which is in charge of guidance counseling and special academic programs. Wells runs advanced placement courses as well as technology and law academies.

Monday's meeting starts at 7pm in the Happy Village, 1059 N. Wolcott Ave. The agenda is likely to include a recap on last month's West Town public safety meeting, at which aldermen pledged to reverse a decline in police manpower.

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