On the website of the public schools in Zion, Ill. is a manifesto from Constance Collins, the district's superintendent. It is both an in-your-face challenge to anyone with a bad attitude and an unfailingly optimistic take on the potential of kids, families and schools to change lives.
Curtis Briscoe, the 12 year old Percy Julian Middle School student reported missing last Thursday morning, was found unharmed that evening on the South Side of Chicago, more than 10 hours after he was dropped off at the school.
With two of three long-time deputy chiefs now gone to retirement, Oak Park has retained a national head hunting firm to identify qualified candidates to replenish police department leadership, Chief Rick Tanksley said Monday.
In Constance "Connie" Collins, District 97 has found an administrator who has dealt with many of the issues Oak Park schools have faced in recent years: school improvement, discipline and budget cut-backs.
Sharon Patchak-Layman's vote to "abstain" on the selection of the district's new superintendent because the search "left a gap in [her knowledge]" confused and saddened some of her fellow board members.
Turns out the last condo in the Opera Club project being developed by John Schiess will go to ... the developer. Always good for marketing purposes to be able to say the architect believes so much in the building that he's willing to live there. Schiess currently lives on the south side of Oak Park.
Oak Park village staff unveiled the final design concept for the proposed new Public Works center last Thursday evening. Though featuring some significant changes, the design is essentially the third option presented to citizens at a meeting last Dec. 16.