Enrollment numbers for Oak Park's public elementary school district are expected to grow by nearly 600 students in the next five years, according to data compiled by a consultant looking into the district's growth.
Oak Park's elementary school district plans to spend roughly $2 million for the 2011-12 school year on new staff, technology and an expansion of its foreign language program, among other proposed additions.
Jassen Strokosch has been among the most active parent community leaders in Oak Park and elementary school District 97 in recent years. His most recent and notable activism involved his advocacy in successfully passing D97's April 5 referendum as co-chair of the Committee to Support Oak Park Schools.
The District 200 school board approved about $470,000 in spending for its closed campus initiative on July 12, but held off in approving nearly $2 million in proposed renovations to the building to accommodate more students staying on campus.
Both of Oak Park's public school districts are gearing up for teacher contract negotiations. The teachers' contract for Oak Park and River Forest High School ends in 2012, and elementary school District 97's contract with its faculty concludes in 2014.
George Cavaliere is a brilliant history teacher at a Chicago public high school. Some might consider him to be cantankerous and irreverent. George Cavaliere, however, is not a real person. He's a fictional character in a new book by Daniel Greenstone, an Oak Parker and history teacher at Oak Park and River Forest High School.
The days of getting up at 7:30 in the morning once a month to attend a school board committee meeting at Oak Park and River Forest High School are over. The OPRF school board last week agreed to change its meeting schedule starting this coming school year.
Oak Park Elementary School District 97 is planning to expand its world language program for the 2011-12 school year, which is also part of a larger set of strategic plan initiatives planned for the upcoming year.