For the 11th consecutive year, the River Forest school system has been recognized as one of the best in the state by the School Search Corporation, a national business that helps families seeking to relocate to towns with high quality school districts.

The Bright Red Apple Award, which is based on data gleaned from the 2004 Illinois Report Card, focuses on five key indicators of educational excellence, including academic performance, pupil/teacher ratio, expenditure per pupil, the educational level of district teachers, and average teacher salary.

District 90 was one of 70 elementary school districts and 22 high school districts to be recognized. Oak Park District 97 and Oak Park and River Forest High School District 200 also received Bright Red Apples.

District 90 Supt. Marlene Kamm said her system never tires of being recognized for excellence.

“I think it’s outstanding,” she said Tuesday. “The school district continues to have excellent success, especially in our cores areas of math and science.”

That success, said Kamm, stems from committed effort by both staff and students.

“Our teachers work very hard, our kids work very hard,” she said.

That doesn’t mean anyone will be resting on their laurels, though.

“There’s always room for improvement,” said Kamm. She added that her office received results from the ISAT tests on Monday, and are currently working to get those results forwarded to parents.

RF parks file Keystone West light application

The River Forest Park District is scheduled to go before the village’s Development Review Board October 20 to obtain permission to install lights in Keystone West. However, final confirmation of that date must wait until the DRB wraps up hearings on Dominican University’s planned development application. A second hearing on that application will take place tomorrow in the village’s council chambers, at which time at least 10 individuals are expected to make public comment, after which DRB members will deliberate on the issue.

Park District Executive Director Thomas Grundin told the board at their monthly meeting Monday evening that he thought the district’s application might take more than one hearing, based on the amount of public comment expected. That would push DRB consideration into the first week of November, after which that board’s recommendation would go to the Village Board for possible consideration in late November.

Final copies of the park district’s DRB application are available for viewing at the village hall, at the River Forest Public Library, or at the park district.

West Sub says no trauma unit ahead

West Suburban Hospital’s plan to expand its ER?#34;which appears headed toward a building a new facility West on Humphrey Street?#34;does not include revamping it into a full-scale trauma unit, said a hospital spokesperson.

Trauma Units or Centers specializes in treating patients with acute and/or particularly life-threatening injuries. ERs provide rapid treatment to victims of sudden illness. West Sub also has no official plans to purchase additional properties as part of its expansion, the spokesperson said. The hospital currently owns a two-flat brownstone located west across from Humphrey.

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