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Wicker Park school principal, assistant principal reassigned

The principal and assistant principal at a Wicker Park elementary school were removed from their posts Tuesday, according to a Chicago Public Schools spokesman.

Alice Vera, principal at Jose de Diego Elementary Community Academy and Michele Gulo, the school’s  assistant principal, have been reassigned by the district.

"The Board's Office of the Inspector General completed an investigation involving the principal and assistant principal assigned to De Diego Elementary School,” said CPS spokesman Joel Hood. “Based upon those investigative findings, the Board suspended both from their administrative responsibilities, but cannot comment further to due to personnel restrictions.”

A source close to the investigation said the district was looking into falsified enrollment information at the school as well as reimbursements filed by the school.

De Diego, 1313 N. Claremont Ave., was one of 50 receiving schools that were designated to take in students from last year’s school closings. De Diego took in students from Von Humboldt, one of nearly 49 elementary schools that were approved for closing last year. CPS also plans to begin an International Baccalaureate program at the school in the fall.

nahmed@tribune.com


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