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Save Old Town School 11/28 Newsletter  

November 28th, 2018

Hello Save Old Town School Community!

Some news to share:

Yesterday, two Save Old Town School representatives met informally with two key members of the School's Board of Directors. During the two-hour meeting, both sides asked a lot of questions and did a lot of listening.

The Board members said they now clearly understand and are respectfully reviewing SOTS' objectives of (1) restoring the School to its community-driven roots, (2) putting the 909 W. Armitage sale on hold until the community has been fully included in the decision-making process and (3) establishing the community as a key resource in ongoing efforts to make the School better than ever.

As a next step, they invited SOTS to send a delegation to make a presentation at the Board meeting tomorrow (Thursday, Nov. 29). We have accepted the invitation and are hopeful that this will be an important step toward realizing our objectives.

At the meeting tomorrow, we will make a presentation to the full Board and will also provide each member with copies of more than 130 letters we have collected about the sale of 909 W. Armitage and the administration’s failure to engage the School’s students, teachers and friends.

Board representatives tell us that after our presentation, there will be a lengthy closed Board meeting “with a substantive agenda on the topics you (the community) want them to be talking about.” We understand the need for some of these conversations to be private.

In the meantime, SOTS has scheduled a community town hall meeting for Saturday, Dec. 1 - details below. We will keep the community informed as we know more. Thank you for your support and for your commitment to the Old Town School.

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Save Old Town School Community
Town Hall Meeting 


Saturday, Dec. 1, 3pm-4:30pm
Sulzer Regional Library Auditorium
(4455 N. Lincoln Ave.)

 

If you have questions or things you want to say, or just want to know how you can help, we hope you will join us. Details here.
(Note: the auditorium has a max capacity of 100 people - please arrive early to ensure access) 

Take Our Survey!

Please help us gather data about the OTS community to surface to the Board of Directors. 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SOTS 

Letters to the Board Campaign

Last week we asked the OTS community to let the Board of Directors know what OTS means to them, and WOW did you all deliver! We received over 130 letters in under a week. These letters are inspiring, heartwarming, moving, beautiful works of art. THANK YOU!!!!

We'll be delivering these letters to the Board of Directors during tomorrow's Board meeting, and will be publishing the full PDF on our website tomorrow as well. In the meantime, here are some brilliant excerpts:

   

"Testimony" Video from 909 Students
Bob Medich, OTS's former Director of Advertising and Media, produced this video based on interviews conducted recently with students at 909 W. Armitage.

Thanks to Bob for putting together this BEAUTIFUL tribute to our School!

We are still aiming to launch (soon) a video campaign asking members of the OTS community about #whatOTSmeans to them - keep a eye out for more information!
 
If you have a particularly moving story about how the school has changed your life, please email us at volunteersots@gmail.com with the subject line #whatotsmeans video
Other Ways to Help

WE NEED YOUR HELP! If you have some time to spare, our Community Outreach team will guide you on specific tasks. Some items we currently need help with are listed below, but let us know if there's something else you'd rather do.

If you want to help, please email volunteersots@gmail.com
  • Helping with our #WhatOTSMeans video testimonials campaign
  • Handing out flyers at OTS locations 
  • Contacting alumni, donors, and notable artists
    • PLEASE LET US KNOW IF YOU HAVE ANY CONNECTIONS!
  • Bringing flyers to local businesses
  • Connecting with Board members
    • PLEASE LET US KNOW IF YOU HAVE ANY CONNECTIONS!
  • Researching details for revenue plans (to increase enrollment and improve building utilization) - these will be presented to the Board
  • Reaching out to community organizations (i.e. Chamber of Commerce, Historical Society)
Thank you so much for your time and help!
Save Old Town School in the News

We've rounded up news stories and coverage about the proposed sale of 909 W. Armitage. Some recent stories:

November 28th
  • Block Club Chicago
    Don’t Sell Old Town School Of Folk Music’s Armitage Avenue Building, Fans Plead In Letters
November 26th
  • Chicago Tribune
    Old Town School executive director takes leave of absence

For all news stories, visit our site.






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