When Oak Park voters OK'd a tax hike for District 97 early this month, they knew they were saving art, music, drama and extracurriculars. But district officials also said they'd use "modest amounts" of the new money to fund expansion of technology in classrooms, and to pay attention to school grounds that have been virtually ignored — beyond basic maintenance — over recent years.
Oak Park Elementary School District 97 says it has dismissed some teachers due to "underperformance" during the current school year, even though those teachers had attained tenure while working in the district.
A controversial policy regarding classroom visitations by parents and other adults in District 97 was approved by the school board, April 12, despite concerns from special needs parents who felt the policy was too restrictive.
With District 97 breathing a sigh of a relief after its rate hike referendum passed in last Tuesday's election, the school board and administration will soon be making decisions on how they're going to use the additional $6 million in funds.
It didn't take long for zipped up sweaters and jackets to cover their faces, and it wasn't because of Monday night's slightly chilly weather outside Percy Julian Middle School. Instead, these fifth-graders were mulling around with one hand over their noses and the other waving about. They were reacting to the thick smell of cigarette smoke that was wafting in the air. No, none of the kids were smoking. They were taking part in an experiment that shows just what smoking can do to the lungs.
District 200 board member Jacques Conway is disappointed by his colleague John Allen's defeat in last week's election. Allen, first elected in 2007, came in fourth in the six-person field seeking to join the governing board of Oak Park and River Forest High School.