Comings and goings

THE NEW REGIME Sue Gamm, director of compliance monitoring in special education, has been promoted to chief of specialized services. Salary: $90,000. … Yvonne S. Williams, director of low-incidence special education programs, has been promoted to special education officer. Salary: $80,000. … Philip Jackson, formerly of the City of Chicago, is assistant to Chief of Staff Cozette Buckney. … John West, principal of J.N. Thorp Elementary, has been appointed strategic planner, replacing Heather Steans. … Dion G. Smith, legal director for the City of Chicago, has been appointed senior assistant to the board. Salary: $81,000.

THE NEW REGIME, OPERATIONS Carolyn Williams-Meza, head of facilities for the Chicago Park District, has been appointed director of asset management. Salary: $90,000 … Bruce Bertalmio, City of Chicago construction manager, has been named manager of construction. Salary: $75,000 … Jacqueline Umburger, City of Chicago engineer, has been named manager of customer service. Salary: $63,300 … John O’Connell, formerly of the City of Chicago, is manager of plant operation. Salary: $75,000 … Marjorie Shaffner, formerly of R.R. Donnelley, is director of school services. Salary: $90,000 … Francisco Du Prey, YMCA student internship program manager, has been appointed manager of student transportation. Salary: $75,000 … Salvador Diaz, formerly with the Chicago Police department, is director of safety and security. Salary: $75,000 … Carol Willinski, formerly with the City of Chicago, is deputy chief operating officer. Salary: $85,000 … Yolanda Perez, a former promotions/ marketing executive, is manager of administrative services.

THE NEW REGIME, CHANGES Maribeth Vander Weele, who left the education beat at the Chicago Sun-Times to become director of school and community relations, is now director of investigations. … Bennie Currie, formerly of Ameritech, has been promoted from public information officer to director of school and community relations.

TEACHERS TASK FORCE RaeLynne Toperoff is the new director of the Teachers’ Task Force. Previously, she worked for United Way of Chicago as organizational development consultant and training specialist.

PURE Julie Woestehoff has succeeded Joy Noven as executive director of Parents United for Responsible Education (PURE). Georganne Marsh, previous LSC chair of Boone Elementary, is the new associate director. Noven is leaving Chicago to travel in Europe with her husband, Bernie, a former CPS social worker.

PRINCIPALS The following acting, interim and assistant principals have received full principal contracts: Myron Berger, Near North Special Ed.; Lona Bibbs, Westinghouse High; Barbara Ellis, Bennett/Shedd; Cheryl Rutherford, Lindblom High. … The following have received interim principal contracts: Debrona Banks, Tilton; Lester Gaines, Curtis; Glennvester Garrett, Lewis; Alice Painter, Hope; Rodolfo Serna, Corkery/Whitney. … Teachers Janice Hill and Carol Miller have received assistant principal contracts at Gompers and Mitchell, respectively. … Principal James Crowe has resigned from McCormick Elementary.

PRINCIPALS ASSOCIATION On Nov. 10, Beverly Tunney, principal of Healey Elementary and president of the Chicago Principals and Administrators Association, will leave her school to work full time for the association. Membership has doubled in the last 1½ years to 900, including assistant principals and department directors.

ATTENTION DEFICIT DISORDER At 11 a.m. Oct. 24, WTTW-TV Channel 11 will air “Attention Deficit Disorder: A Dubious Diagnosis?” the latest in a series of education investigations by John Merrow of “The Merrow Report.”

MEDIA CONFERENCE “Remote Control: Adolescents and the Media,” a one-day symposium for parents and educators, will be held on Oct. 19 at the Harold Washington Library Center. The event is being sponsored by Facing History and Ourselves. Admission is $35 and includes lunch. For more information, call (312) 726-4500.

CORRECTION A map in the September 1995 issue reported that Chappell School was 126 students over capacity and that no new school or addition was in the pipeline. While Chappell is over capacity, an addition is under construction and should be ready by next September. Catalyst regrets the error.