Last year, Irving Elementary School's PTO raised about $10,000 from its first annual spring yard sale at the school, 1125 S. Cuyler. Judging from the hundreds of items that were available for the second annual sale last Saturday, May 14, the PTO may reach, or even top, that mark.
Every family with children attending District 97 schools will have to prove their residency to re-enroll for the upcoming school year. Until now, only new families had to provide documentation to show they're residents of Oak Park.
It took a little longer than expected for John Phelan to join the District 200 Board of Education as its new member during the board's April 28 reorganization meeting. The new board was not seated until after 10 p.m. The old board had to take care of some business in executive session.
New and reelected members of the District 97 school board were sworn in this week. The board was originally set to be reconstituted last week but the district's election results were not yet certified by the Cook County Clerk in the time for an April 26 meeting.
Closing Oak Park and River Forest High School's campus might result in an increase in discipline infractions with more students in the cafeterias during lunch periods, according to school administrators. It's a very likely possibility, said Principal Nathaniel Rouse, with more students in the building.
The Illinois House of Representatives has voted to amend the law that governs how ballots should be written when taxing bodies seek a tax hike referendum. The move comes in response to the controversy that began in Oak Park where it was discovered that school districts' ballots understated the impact tax increases would have on voters.
Irwin Loud said he and his wife used to let their teen have a Facebook account, but no longer. The parents were well aware of the dangers associated with social networking sites prior to attending an Internet Safety workshop, April 21, at Oak Park and River Forest High School. Last Thursday's workshop was meant to educate parents about what their kids are up to, and exposed to, on the Internet.