Should students who are involved in co-curricular activities at their school be prohibited from participating if they have poor grades, or be allowed to continue in hopes that their academics will improve with their involvement?
District 97 plans to ask voters to support a $75 million working cash bond sale referendum in April 2011. That will amount to an increase of $61 for every $1,000 paid in property taxes. Taxpayers, though, won't see that increase until their tax bills arrive in the fall of 2012.
See Supt. Albert Roberts' presentation from Saturday’s study session Oak Park's elementary school District 97 would be in store for drastic cuts in programs and staff for the 2011-2012 school year if its planned referendum next April fails. Administration and the board discussed that possibility in great detail at a referendum study session Saturday.
Last week, %uFEFFOak Park and River Forest High School observed "True Colors Tuesday," encouraging not only the students but also adult female staff in the building to come to school for one day without any makeup. The idea is to celebrate and accept one's inner beauty.
The Oak Park and River Forest Community Foundation is half way to its goal of raising $2 million for its community endowment, an amount that, if accomplished, will be doubled by the Grand Victoria Foundation based in Elgin.
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.