Block Club Chicago: "Belmont-Cragin Elementary School Is Getting A New $44 Million State-Of-The-Art Building"

“BELMONT CRAGIN — Holding hand-drawn signs that read “Thank you Mayor Emanuel!,” dozens of Belmont-Cragin Elementary School students descended on Riis Park Thursday afternoon to mark the beginning of construction on the school’s long-awaited new building.

The students were joined by parents, school leaders, including Principal Stacy Stewart, as well as city officials Ald. Ariel Reboyras (30th) and Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Thursday’s formal announcement was the culmination of more than four years of persistence on the part of parents, teachers, administrators and advocates. The school community has long argued that a new building is necessary, not only because the existing one at 5252 W. Palmer St. is overcrowded and falling apart, but because it can’t meet the future demands of the neighborhood.”

Laura Slabaugh