John Dewey High School

Alumni Association


Oppose Co-location! First meeting update.

Posted on September 27, 2013 at 10:00 AM

Below is a summary of the 9/18/13 CEC Meeting opposing co-location at Dewey submitted by former JDHS faculty member Tom Heinegg:


On Wednesday evening, September 18th there was a District 21 Community Education Council (CEC) meeting to vote on a proposal for the opening and co-location of a new district high school with John Dewey High School. Dewey’s principal, Kathleen Elvin, and many of her staff, students and parents were in attendance. Representing the John Dewey Alumni Association were Elsie Chan, Bunji Fromartz, Adrienne Grande, Tom Heinegg, Rosa Riccio Pietanza and Ed Unneland.


Alumnus and Councilman Dominic Recchia began by expressing his total opposition to the plan, to the cheers from the audience. Six current students addressed the CEC and audience and they stole the show. They were insightful, witty and engaging. With their poise and elegance, they could have been from any Dewey era.


The current principal spoke and I am sure has re-energized the entire school. The math and social studies APs spoke as did a social studies teacher. From the JDAA, Elsie Chan and Tom Heinegg spoke passionately about what was, as well as what can continue to be. Ed Unneland, ’81 gave a very personal and riveting account of how Dewey staff supported him and helped him become a successful professional and person.


In the end, the CEC voted unanimously to oppose the co-location proposal.


This was a dress rehearsal for the next hurdle which is the Public Hearing on October 23rd to be held at John Dewey High School’s auditorium. Dominic Recchia, and others, have stated that a massive turnout is crucial for the co-location to taken off the table. Any and all JDAA efforts would be most welcome.

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