Medical leave for SRC's Cary

'Temporary illness' cited

Posted: September 21, 2012

SCHOOL REFORM Commission member Lorene Cary will take a temporary medical leave from her position, the city announced Thursday.

In a letter Cary wrote to Mayor Nutter and to SRC Chairman Pedro Ramos, she said she was following her doctors' orders to rest and recover "so as not to turn temporary illness into chronic incapacity."

Cary, 55, who authored the novel The Price of a Child and runs the Art Sanctuary in North Philadelphia, joined the SRC after being nominated to the board by Nutter in October.

In her work on the SRC, she founded the Safety and Engagement Committee, which was the catalyst for a districtwide conference on school climate, and rewrote a student code of conduct.

"Given her dedication to and passion for our work, we understand how difficult of a decision this is for her," Ramos said in a statement released Thursday. "We wish her a speedy recovery and look forward to her return."


Contact Morgan Zalot at zalotm@phillynews.com or 215-854-5928. Follow her on Twitter @morganzalot. Read her blog at PhillyConfidential.com.

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