Visitors entering Oak Park and River Forest High School's Welcome Center just beyond the Scoville Avenue main entrance have long had to stop and register with security staff. But when the school reopens this fall a new wall of glass doors will surround the Welcome Center as another layer of security.
District 97 administrators and staff would no longer worry about ceilings falling down on their heads if the school district moved into the proposed Madison Highlands office project – assuming the long stalled project ever gets built.
Developing a racial consciousness among all school staff is among the goals outlined in Oak Park and River Forest High School's ambitious strategic plan. The plan is still in draft form, but the District 200 Board of Education, which governs OPRF, is expected to approve a final plan in the next few weeks.
A school playground has never been more welcome than at Oak Park's Ascension School. On Saturday, July 20, volunteers were out at Ascension, 601 Van Buren St., to put together the new playground for preschoolers. The would-be craftsmen, and women, worked from the early morning till around noon.
Oak Park Elementary School District 97 is showing a surplus for the 2012-13 budget year, according to preliminary numbers released by the district. The district actually spent $3.3 million dollars, or 4.6 percent, less than was budgeted, said Therese O'Neill, D97's assistant superintendent for finance and operations.
Oak Park District 97 is considering installing outdoor security cameras at its eight elementary schools. In all, 79 cameras costing roughly $79,000 would be installed at the schools, with some buildings using more than others.