Each year Oak Park's District 97 elementary schools find alternate schools for several dozen students whose physical and behavorial needs exceed what the district can provide. That number rises and falls, slightly, year-to-year as the needs of specific children change.
Probably worse than ugly asphalt covering Irving School's playground is an ugly mud pit waiting to swallow up little kids entering their Oak Park middle school. Both Brooks and Julian middle schools are in store for landscaping upgrades this summer, but Julian and its mud-pit near the Ridgeland Avenue entrance is in real need, said Supt. Albert Roberts.
If a student at Brooks Middle School bullies a peer on Facebook using his or her own electronic device off school grounds and not during school hours, can a school district discipline that kid? The answer isn't as simple as some might think.
A Cook County judge has ruled against an anti-tax Illinois group and a local citizen who had filed a lawsuit against Oak Park Elementary School District 97's April 5 referendum in hopes of the judge overturning the election result. Judge Mary Mikva on July 1 ruled against plaintiffs Taxpayers United of America, a nonprofit organization, and Oak Park resident Noel Kuriakos.
An Oak Park school board meeting might not be the first place you'd expect Daniel Burnham to be mentioned. But Chicago's great planner was brought up at last Tuesday's District 97 meeting ... several times. That was the best way school board members could describe the ambitious, and quite costly, playground project put forth by the Irving School PTO.
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.