How about District 97 sharing space at OPRF?

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By Terry Dean

Staff reporter

Sharon Patchak-Layman, a longtime member of both the OPRF and District 97 school boards, has suggested a fix to D97's space issues at its current location. Patchak-Layman told Wednesday Journal last week that she thinks D97 should move its central office locations to OPRF.

D97 and the Park District of Oak Park are currently exploring whether to build a shared facility on the village hall parking lot. Patchak-Layman, a former two-term D97 board member, thinks the high school has plenty of space to accommodate D97 administrators and staff. The high school, she noted, is doing its own facilities' master planning. She also insists having both OPRF and D97 administrators under one roof will improve communication and the sharing of ideas between the two sides.

Sharing building resources, including the board room, would also be a cost-saving plus. She brought up her suggestion to fellow OPRF board members at their meeting on Thursday. It doesn't appear that D97, or for that matter the park district, is aware of her suggestion, but likely will by the end of this week.

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OPRF Achievement Gap?  

Posted: October 5th, 2012 9:19 AM

Ms Layman, again with an idea that is at best - half baked - even if it was well intended. Last I checked, OPRF it a Community HS - with at least 30% of funding coming from RF. So, if an idea like this EVER were to get the level of serious discussion, the HS would have to CHARGE D97 for any space accordingly - so no one gets shafted or a SPECIAL deal. Lets keep this above Board and OPEN disussions - nothing in Closed sessions.

I must be dreaming... from Oak Park  

Posted: September 30th, 2012 8:00 PM

...Ms. Patchak-Layman with an idea that actually has some merit. Never thought I'd live to see the day...

Sure, Why Not? from OP  

Posted: September 30th, 2012 1:29 PM

Anything that doesn't cost $6 million dollars that could otherwise go to educate our kids would be a great option.

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