Over the last month, former employees, students and parents have been testifying to Dr. Sue Bridge, OPRF superintendent; to Phil Prale, assistant superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction; and to TEAM parents regarding charges of physical abuse, verbal abuse, and neglect of students in the TEAM program. TEAM is the high school's self-contained program for students with significant cognitive disabilities.
On to Baghdad! Nuke-free, gun-free, soon to be smoke-free! But why stop there? Don't make the same mistake as Bush I. That only leads to Bush II. Keep pushing. With a little extra effort, we could clean up Oak Park completely. On to Baghdad!
A long-time West Suburban colleague and friend, Pat Shanley, has recently received devastating news about her health. Pat had major surgery in March, and has since learned that she is in need of a liver transplant. Pat's challenges in the coming weeks will leave her without any remaining sick time, and she is ineligible for short-term disability insurance based on Resurrection's carrier's limitations.
April is Fair Housing Month. In most places, that statement would evoke a yawn from almost everyone. I hope that in Oak Park, where for more than three decades we have worked to assure open housing for all and to welcome people of all backgrounds, it is cause for celebration, reflection, and?#34;you guessed it?#34;more hard work.
Dear Oak Parkers: I am writing to thank you for your support and your willingness to elect me to a fourth term as your village clerk. The outpouring of votes, calls, and notes, both before and after the election, are so rewarding and are very much appreciated.
There are many elements to a great concession speech such as graciousness, congratulations to opponents, calls for unity, appeals for common ground, language which heals, pride, bridges which move us forward and thanks to all who worked hard on either side to elect their candidates.