Oak Park and River High School will likely make a decision by early summer on whether to close the campus to all students during lunch time. Regardless of the board's decision, school officials have said any policy change would not take effect until after the 2011-12 school year.
The District 97 Board of Education doesn't believe they have a problem with the language in their April 5 referendum ballot question. Members underscored that point at their March 8 meeting, addressing the recent scrutiny surrounding the ballot wording raised by the Oak Park Township assessor, who says the wording underestimates the impact on property owners.
Oak Park Elementary School District 97 is considering creating a parent outreach coordinator position. The new post was a stated goal in the district’s 2007 strategic plan but has yet to be authorized.
The anti-substance abuse effort that began last spring in Oak Park and River Forest focused mainly on the high school. Now it is extending its reach directly into the middle schools. Next Monday, March 21, the Citizen's Council will host a drug forum at Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School for parents.
Oak Park's Buzz Café was the site, March 3, of the first public forum for candidates running for the District 200 school board. All six candidates, including incumbents, were in attendance last Thursday, along with about 30 audience members.
A question has been raised by an Oak Park resident, as well as the township assessor, about the accuracy of District 97's April 5 referendum ballot question and whether it underestimates how much property owners will actually pay in added taxes if it passes.
Parents with kids attending Oak Park and River Forest High School will be required to pay a $340 per-student fee for books and materials starting in the upcoming school year if a proposal submitted last month to the school board is approved. The fee would replace the wide-ranging out-of-pocket textbook costs which most parents now pay.