Chicago parents held a sit-in Wednesday night at Maria Saucedo Elementary Scholastic Academy to protest a proposed co-location at the school.
The Chicago Public Schools (CPS) district wants to co-locate the high school grades from John Spry Community School in the building housing Maria Saucedo Elementary Scholastic Academy and Telpochcalli Elementary School, at 2850 W. 24th Blvd. in Little Village.
About three dozen parents and community members staged a sit-in in the Saucedo auditorium after a CPS hearing Wednesday night on the proposed co-location. The parents oppose the plan because they say the Saucedo-Telpochcalli building is already overcrowded. They also claim CPS proposed the co-location without input from parents.
The sit-in, according to the parents, lasted over four and a half hours. During that time, the group reportedly spoke with CPS representatives about their concerns.
"The network chief Minerva Garcia-Sanchez promised to carry the parents' demands to the Board of Education members and CPS officials," reads a news release from the parents.
The co-location plan is among the proposed school actions for the 2015-2016 academic year outlined by CPS in December. The Chicago Board of Education could take up the proposed school actions in February.
"CPS appreciates the community's feedback on proposed school actions," CPS spokesman Michael Passman said in response to the parents' protest. "We will carefully consider the supportive and concerned comments from the community."