Oak Park Villager of the Year runner-up: Jeff Weissglass

Weissglass joins OPRF board, tackles toughest issue

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By Terry Dean

Staff reporter

Jeff Weissglass, a new board member at Oak Park and River Forest High School, was a strong contender for the Villager of the Year award — and might have shared the honor with fellow board member John Phelan. Together they tackled the district's massive fund balance and what to do with it. 

Elected to the school board last April, Weissglass chaired the board's ad hoc finance advisory committee, which explored what is the proper use and size of the high school's fund balance. 

Weissglass, who's also District 200 board vice president, led the 15-member committee during five months of intensive work which began in July. Such a committee in these villages could have gotten itself bogged down in endless debate or veered off track to unrelated matters. Those who attended all or some of the committee's meetings credited Weissglass with keeping things on topic and on schedule. 

Fellow FAC committee members also praised his leadership. 

Tackling the fund balance was a difficult task, but the committee wrapped up its work last month and was dissolved by the D200 board with much appreciation. The committee's work and recommendations resulted in a significant change of course for the D200 board — approving a reduction in its 2013 levy of $10 million. It's the first reduction in more than 10 years of annual levy increases. 

A 20-year resident of Oak Park, Weissglass, 56, has three children, two currently at Oak Park and River Forest High School and one who recently graduated. 

Along with his work as a nonprofit consultant, Weissglass is a longtime member of the Collaboration for Early Childhood and previously served on its board of directors.

CONTACT: tdean@wjinc.com

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