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.
One member of the District 200 Board of Education definitely thinks Oak Park and River Forest High School's campus should be closed whereas another says it won't solve the issue of kids using drugs at the high school.
More than 50 certified staff, including classroom teachers, in Oak Park Elementary School District 97 will lose their jobs come June if the tax rate hike referendum the district plans to run on April 5 fails.
All was probably not that quiet inside Mann Elementary School's library last June 7. Librarians from the two villages, as well as from Oak Park's and River Forest's school districts, converged at the school to talk about sharing resources and implementing a program in all of their facilities to help students research better online.