Every kindergartener in District 97 will be tested starting next fall to gauge their learning skills entering school, as well as to evaluate how best to help new students transition into the first grade.
Oak Park and River Forest High School has re-upped for another year with Thrive Counseling Center to provide a counselor, as well as resource managers, to deal with students who abuse drugs and alcohol.
Oak Park Elementary School District 97 has undertaken the process of streamlining its various policies that deal with student discipline into one all-encompassing policy, which it hopes is more concise and understandable for families.
It was two years ago that Valerie Fisher retired from the District 200 Board of Education after serving three terms, a total of 12 years. On June 23, Fisher reclaimed one of the seven school board seats after being appointed by fellow trustees to replace Jacques Conway, who resigned from the board May 26.
The Oak Park Elementary School District 97 will likely pick up the tab for crossing guards for another school year, but not for a school resource officer (SRO) who had been splitting time at the two middle schools. The D97 school board discussed, but did not take action June 14, on funding crossing guards. A vote will take place at an upcoming meeting.
There has been a long-held view among a vocal group of parents concerning the amount of testing done in District 97 — that there's too much of it. First-year Supt. Albert Roberts has heard this criticism as well. The elementary school district conducts various internal assessments across all grade levels, not just those mandated via state standardized tests.
In the recently concluded school year at Oak Park and River Forest High School, close to 100 families had students enrolled at OPRF who were later kicked out because they were discovered not to be residents within the high school's boundaries.