The closed campus debate at Buzz Café Dec. 15, was more of a conversation over hot cocoa and brownies. Seven people, most of them students, attended the event, part of the teen café series organized by Oak Park and River Forest High School students to address substance abuse by teens on and around the campus.
In the race for Dist. 97's four seats, five candidates are running, including incumbents Bob Spatz and Peter Traczyk, who is currently board president. Not filing by Monday's deadline is Michele Harton, a two-term trustee and former board president.
The District 97 Board of Education and administration finalized the size of its planned April 2011 referendum on Dec. 14, as well as what cuts would need to be made in case that ballot measure fails next spring.
Students from River Forest School District 90 who are now in classes at Oak Park and River Forest High School are fairing well academically in their core subject areas, according to a report from the elementary school district.
Following through on its plan to ask members of its staff to consider accepting salary freezes as one way to address its structural deficit, Oak Park Elementary School District 97 has formally made that request to the Oak Park Teachers Association (OPTA).
The use of drug-sniffing dogs and random drug testing of Oak Park and River Forest High School students drew support among the 60 people attending a community substance abuse forum Wednesday night at River Forest Community Center.
Yesica Sanchez is as much a cheerleader as an intern on this particular afternoon at the Oak Park Arms, helping to run its Friday game of miniature golf at the senior residential community. The lounge area has been turned into a putting course. Sanchez, a 23-year-old social work student at Dominican University, retrieves golf balls and gives them back to the players.