Comedy night at Oak Park school board meetings?

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By Terry Dean

Staff reporter

School board meetings, as with other types of official municipal gatherings, are very important to have but are not always the most exciting—unless there are some occasional funny moments that happen or things said by attendees.

That's what happened at both public school district board meetings in Oak Park last month. First, at Oak Park and River Forest High School's Sept. 27 meeting, several parents spoke during public comments to criticize the campus' recent policy changes stemming from partially closing the campus this fall. They argue, basically, that the changes are too punitive and heavy-handed. That included a mother who spoke about the lunchroom and kids being able to eat in the building after school hours. So when she talked about "food being fuel for these kids," she was likely making a point, as well as a joke, when she said her son was "17 and still on his breastfeeding schedule, so he has to eat every two hours."

She followed that quickly with--"I'm kidding."

On the same night over at elementary school District 97's board meeting, it was the final official meeting for Jennifer Reddy. She resigned from the board to move with her family to New York for her husband's new job prospect there. A resolution was read by the board president listing her many accomplishments as a board member. When finished, she added "You forgot to mention that I was on the Calendar Committee," followed by laughter from attendees.

The breastfeeding joke, however, didn't elicit much laughter at all.

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Posted: October 23rd, 2011 10:59 PM

Hey Terry - I would have thought that you've attended enough school board meetings by now to know that the school boards only laughs at their own jokes. Not surprising considering that the only criticism they are willing to listen to is their own (of parents, kids, etc). The D97 and D200 boards most likely didn't invent the double standard, but they certainly do practice it.

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