Daley recommends new president for school board

January 28, 2010 3:28:43 PM PST
Mayor Daley has recommended a new president for the Chicago public school board. Mary Richardson-Lowry is Daley's former building commissioner and assistant corporation counsel. She is also an attorney with the law firm Mayer Brown.

Richardson-Lowry pledged to review district spending as one of her first orders of business. She also said it's important that she give back after her own public school upbringing.

"Under my leadership, I'm gonna focus on improving neighborhood schools, turning around high schools, lowering the drop out rate, getting more students to attend college, seeking higher forms of education, staying within the technical schools, and of course just being better citizens," said Richardson-Lowry.

The school board must vote. If approved, she would replace former school board president Michael Scott whose death last November was ruled a suicide.