Becoming a school administrator wasn't in Peter Groom's plans when he became a teacher at Fenwick High School, fresh out of college in 1995. He began as a substitute that year at the Oak Park private school, located at Washington and Scoville. His brother was also teaching there at the time.
2010 wraps up one of the busiest years for school districts in memory for Oak Park and River Forest. Superintendents in Oak Park came and went, along with a slew of teachers and administrators often owing to retirements.
In order to keep students from getting trapped in the achievement gap, District 97's new superintendent and a member of the school board think the best place to start helping kids is at the primary level.
Oak Park and River Forest High School received an early Christmas present this past week — a piece of artwork that had been missing from the school since the late 1960s. Sometime in the 1940s or '50s, three ceramic crests of the school's emblem were designed and created by an art department chair.
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.