OPRF parents want African History course reinstated

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By Terry Dean

Staff reporter

A group of Oak Park and River Forest High School parents are urging the administration to reinstate the African History course that the school discontinued a year ago.

The parent group APPLE (African American Parents for Purposeful Leadership in Education) is gathering signatures in support of reinstating the class. OPRF last year removed the class from its course schedule due to low enrollment, according to the school administration. APPLE, however, maintains that the course has not been adequately promoted as has other history courses.

The African History class was on OPRF's schedule for years before it was dropped last year. The school has an 18-student threshold for a full class. Course sections are also added or dropped depending on student interest. A Latin History course was also dropped last year due to lack of interest, according to administration.

Students begin selecting classes in the fall.

Finance Advisory Committee

The high school is looking for community members to serve on its new Finance Advisory Committee. Approved in March by the D200 Board of Education, the committee's focus will be to examine OPRF's current fiscal condition and educate the public about what it means.

According to OPRF, that includes examining the school's fund balance and how it can best serve the school and larger community. Committee members will be appointed and will include D200 board members and community members. According to the school, the committee's meetings will be open to the public and include invited guests who will make presentations on key school-related finance issues, followed by recommendations to the board.

The board is looking for individuals with a background in school law and/or finances or other relevant disciplines. Those interested in serving or presenting should send a letter of interest to Supt. Steven Isoye, sisoye@oprfhs.org, by Thursday, June 13.

OPRF students win 1st Place

Oak Park and River Forest High School students Briana Williams and Nia Smith were first place winners in the ACT-SO academic competition sponsored by the NAACP. Williams won in the oratory category and Smith in the filmmaking category. Their wins qualify them to compete at the national ACT-SO competition in July taking place in Florida. ACT-SO stands for Academic, Cultural, Technological, and Scientific Olympics. In related news, Williams has been tapped to host a campus talk show, replacing Tyler Milsap, who graduated this month. Milsap hosted The Tyler Milsap Show for two years, addressing issues such as bullying and teen parenting.

CONTACT: tdean@wjinc.com

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