Having decided last summer to hold a tax hike referendum next April, the District 97 Board of Education last week chose a specific, and somewhat unusual method, of raising money for the cash-strapped system.
Tony Albachiara sits in his grey, four-door Dodge Durango parked along Harvard near Ridgeland every morning and afternoon near Irving School. He's been a crossing guard there for six years. Everyone calls him "Mr. Tony."
Oak Park is no stranger to community-wide initiatives, but Gary Cuneen, an activist around environmental and healthy food issues, thinks residents in both villages will coalesce around this latest one.
When Kim Werner requested a copy of a teacher recommendation for her child that was sent from her middle school to Oak Park and River Forest High School when her son started his freshmen year this fall, she was turned down by District 97.
Oak Park taxpayers looking to weigh in on District 97's planned spring 2011 referendum will have a chance at a public forum on Nov. 18. That's the only confirmed date for a forum. It will take place at Irving School, 1125 S. Cuyler Ave.