Jeff Weissglass, a new board member at Oak Park and River Forest High School, was a strong contender for the Villager of the Year award — and might have shared the honor with fellow board member John Phelan. Together they tackled the district's massive fund balance and what to do with it.
With three likely "yes" votes in the bag and only more needed for a majority, the District 200 Board of Education appears poised this week to approve a $10 million reduction in its levy next year, following a recommendation by the board's ad hoc finance advisory committee.
Roughly 50 people attended the joint meeting Dec. 14 hosted by District 97 and Village of Oak Park trustees, primarily to oppose building any kind of school district headquarters on the Village Hall parking lot.
The District 200 Finance Advisory Committee's recommendations concerning bringing down OPRF's large fund balance over the next decade were presented to the full high school board Tuesday, which included a recommendation concerning the board's annual tax levy vote on Dec. 19.
District 97 and the Village of Oak Park will host a joint public meeting this Saturday concerning the possibility of building the school district's new headquarters behind village hall on Madison Street.
District 200's super-sized fund balance should be reduced over the next 2 to 4 years to less than 100 percent of the high school's annual expense level, with further reductions to below 40 percent of annualized expenses in the years that follow, according to the district's ad hoc finance advisory committee.