Updated: December 12, 2012 6:03AM
Judge Linzey D. Jones, of the Circuit Court of Cook County, recently received Southland College Prep Charter High School’s Award of Excellence during a gala benefit at the Richton Park school.
School officials said Jones is a longtime advocate of public education, first as a member of the Park Forest-Chicago Heights school board and later as president of Olympia Fields’ village board, where he organized the first-ever municipally funded education commission.
“When it became apparent that the people of Rich Township realized that change was coming too slowly to our high schools and that other alternatives needed to be considered, Judge Jones was the first mayor to publicly support the effort to establish Southland College Prep,” said Southland College Prep CEO Blondean Davis.
“He was a vigorous advocate with the Illinois State Board of Education for the establishment of a new first-rate public charter high school to serve students in the southwest suburbs of Chicago.”
The benefit raised more than $35,000 for advance placement classes in U.S. and world history; human geography, psychology, biology, Spanish and other enrichment projects and programs at the school.