Experienced Local School Leaders Dedicating Themselves to LVHS

Alderman Ameya Pawar and LVHS principal Scott Grens hosted more than 75 area parents and community members at the LVHS Partners kickoff meeting.

When you say you have an “open door” policy in Lake View, you’d better be sure the door is wide open. LVHS principal Scott Grens learned this quickly, after reaching out to the community following his appointment earlier this year.

“My goal was to welcome the community into the school, so they could discover our vision and the great things that are happening among our teachers and students at LVHS, while also bringing their own ideas and resources,” says Grens. “I had no idea the response would be so energetic.”

Grens proudly showed off a long list of local parents who have asked to be active participants in the now-forming LVHS Partners, a new not-for-profit that will support the vision and initiatives of Grens and the school beginning this year.

Kylie Vadnais, newly elected LVHS LSC member, was surprised as well. “We expected some enthusiasm, but this is way beyond. Many of these parents have been very active in supporting and improving their neighborhood schools, and bring experience, passion and resources,” says Vadnais. “I’m excited that all of this expertise and enthusiasm will greatly accelerate support efforts for the school.”

47th ward alderman Ameya Pawar agrees. “Supporting neighborhood schools has been my all-in since taking office.  This community has given tremendous support to our elementary schools. To help bring that same energy to LVHS, I hosted a kickoff event at my office, and was thrilled with the turnout, energy and collective expertise,” says Pawar. “LVHS has been a part of our community for more than a century. Once the call went out to support LVHS, the community responded passionately — in droves.”

“Hitting the ground running with this sort of experience and talent is incredible,” says Grens, who cited a comment from one parent in particular. “This parent asked me something that I think is in the minds of many community parents – they asked out loud if we might be seeing an alternative to the scary selective enrollment process – a way to continue the communities that students enjoy at their K-8 schools, with the same rigor, expectations, quality and college focus of those SEHSs. Absolutely.”

Given the enthusiasm and experience of the supporters, the door is wide open to that possibility.