Prussing School principal announces that he will not seek another contract


Longtime Prussing School principal Lloyd Ehrenberg has announced that he will not seek another 4-year contract when his term expires in June.

Ehrenberg, who became the principal of Prussing in 1995, said that he is not ready to retire and that he plans to explore other opportunities. "I have a number of options to exercise," he said.

Ehrenberg informed the Prussing School Local School Council of his decision at end of the council’s Nov. 18 meeting. His announcement came as a surprise to council members, LSC chairwoman Michele Taylor said.

Ehrenberg said that he plans to formally inform the school system of his decision in April. The LSC cannot begin a search for a new principal until he notifies the school system.

Ehrenberg said that during his tenure Prussing has been transformed from a school that relied on overflow students from overcrowded schools to stay open to a school which itself is now overcrowded due to a high local enrollment. Prussing recently received a six-classroom modular unit.

Prussing is a "Level 1" performing school, the highest rating that the Chicago Public Schools awards. "From when I arrived at the school, it is now a better school, academically and structurally," Ehrenberg said.

A graduate of Hibbard School and Roosevelt High School, Ehrenberg served in the U.S. Navy from 1960 to 1964 before attending Western Connecticut University. He received a doctorate in school administration and school policy in 2004.