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CPS Abruptly Removes Bronzeville Principal, Another Administrator, But Won’t Say Why

Dunbar Vocational Career Academy Principal Gerald Morrow and Director of Culture Marva Nichols were suspended Friday. It was not immediately clear what district officials are investigating.

Dunbar Vocational Career Academy in Bronzeville on Aug. 30, 2022.
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BRONZEVILLE — Two Dunbar Career Vocational Academy administrators have been suspended pending a misconduct investigation, Chicago Public School officials said.

District leaders removed principal Gerald Morrow and director of culture Marva Nichols from their posts Friday.

Myron Hester, the district’s Chief of Schools for network 17, told parents and students in a letter Morrow and Nichols were being investigated for misconduct, but did not provide details of the allegations.

Both will remain suspended pending hearings into the allegations against them, Hester wrote.

“Based on the information learned during the investigations, a final determination will be made regarding whether it is appropriate for them to return to Dunbar. We will update the school community if it is determined they are to return,” Hester wrote.

Local School Council members told the Sun-Times they were “blindsided” by the removals, and called on CPS to provide them with more information during an emergency meeting Monday.

Veteran CPS administrator Ramona Outlaw began serving as the school’s administrator-in-charge Monday, Hester wrote.

Dunbar, 3000 S. King Drive, serves about 500 high school students, according to state data.

Morrow previously was principal of Robeson High School.

Morrow is the second CPS administrator removed in recent weeks.

Jones College Prep Principal Joseph Powers was indefinitely suspended last month after outcry over a student goose-stepping in a Nazi-like uniform in the school’s Halloween parade.

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