Thirteen-year-old Casey Carey probably wasn't expecting to have such a bad hair day at school Tuesday morning. But the seventh-grader probably didn't mind that her long blond locks were flailing away from the cool, jet-stream of two big fans that blew air inside a large hot-air balloon.
Oak Park and River Forest High School will likely hire an assistant principal this week, whose focus will be on curriculum. OPRF, 201 N. Scoville, is poised to select a finalist for the newly created position, according to Principal Nathaniel Rouse.
The Oak Park and River Forest High School campus will remain open to juniors and seniors next fall — with conditions. The high school board made that decision on May 26, following more than two hours of discussion, motions offered, motions amended and much public comment.
In a swift decision, a Cook County judge has ruled against opponents who brought litigation against Oak Park Elementary School District 97, claiming that the successful April 5 referendum should be overturned.
If Oak Park and River Forest High School pursues some form of modified closed-campus policy, the students themselves, and their parents, will greatly impact how that policy shakes out. The District 200 Board of Education will meet May 26 to vote on the new policy of either closing the campus to all students or allowing only upper classmen under certain conditions to leave during lunch.
A new Oak Park yoga studio opens this week, and its founder is a former Oak Park and River Forest High School graduate. Ahimsa Yoga Studio, 441 South Blvd., opens on May 26. Owner Kelly Merydith, 23, is also a Beye Elementary School grad.
Lucas Brandt was looking forward to the prospect of being able to leave Oak Park and River Forest High School's campus for lunch when he becomes a sophomore this fall. Now that won't happen. Not with the school board's pending vote this week to close the campus during lunch periods beginning with the 2011-12 school year.