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.
As principal of Maine East High School in Park Ridge, Steven Isoye had oversight of the school's academic division chairs, those important individuals within administration overseeing math, science and other academic departments.
In his first visit to one of Oak Park's elementary schools last year as District 97's new superintendent, Albert Roberts noticed many things. One that caught his eye was a TV set strapped to a cart on wheels. He was so struck by the sight that he brought it up at one of his first board meetings.
The Lord of the Rings. Harry Potter. Chronicles of Narnia. The Ancient Lands? Never heard it? Probably because it's the first in a series of fantasy novels recently published by Oak Park resident Jason McCammon. Never heard of him? That doesn't surprise the 36-year-old Roselle native, who, prior to becoming an author, worked mostly on Hollywood movies and TV shows as a cameraman and electrical technician.