By Dec. 1, the three local government bodies — parks, elementary schools and village — contemplating a grand sharing of office space on Madison Street are due back with a fully-thought-out proposal on just why they want to spend $6-10 million to plant a new shared headquarters on the clotted village hall parking lot on Madison Street.
There aren't many things clearer than that a student who is connected at school in multiple ways is going to have more success in all the ways we seek as a community. The high school student who is active in extracurriculars — be it sports, debate, drama, social service — will also do better academically and socially.
Each fall, for many years, the Wednesday Journal and Forest Park Review publish a special section called Community of Caring. This section is an effort to focus readers' attention on the annual fundraising efforts of the local charities by telling the stories of people who received social services from the agencies.
Each fall, for many years, the Journal and Review would publish a special section called Community of Caring. It was an effort to focus readers' attention on the annual fundraising efforts of the local United Way by telling the stories of people who received social services from the agencies that depended on funding from the charity.
On the West Side where we've published the Austin Weekly for 15 years, there are widening pockets of palpable energy, maybe even optimism, about education and learning. If there is a growth industry in Austin and Garfield Park it is in education. Private schools. Charters. Magnets. Elementary. High school. Not so much in pre-school where it is really vital.
Can't Oak Park ever do something simple? Can't we ever take the less expensive option? Can't we take the admirable, even essential, goal of collaboration between our units of local government and accomplish it without spending $6-10 million in taxpayer dollars? Apparently not.
Who knew all these years that Adele Maze was buried right there in the front lawn of the little library that carries her name? Now I've got older siblings who remember Adele Maze, working at the desk of what was previously called the South Branch Library back in the 1950s. Beloved? Yep, I'd say so.
By Monday afternoon, five families at Beye School had requested transfers to one of two other public schools in the village. This, of course, was the result of standardized test scores from last spring which indicated that one subgroup (unfortunate term) of Beye kids, had failed to hit this year's target under the federal No Child Left Behind law.
And so it begins. School. Wednesday is book pickup day for the H's at the high school. Seems like only yesterday that we found that $120 geometry book, the one alluded to in a letter from OPRF, as debilitating as a note from the village on the allegedly unpaid $20 parking ticket that is now crushing your windpipe at $70.