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.
Oak Park Elementary School District 97 will continue receiving lunch and breakfast meals prepared by Oak Park and River Forest High School for the upcoming school year. The five-year agreement between D97 and the high school ends this June. Since 2006, OPRF has provided meals for the district's elementary and middle school kids.
A hearing has been set for Tuesday, May 24, in the lawsuit targeting the recent District 97 referendum. Cook County Judge Mary Mikva will hear the case and decide if a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction should be placed on the April 5 tax increase improved by voters.