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Oak Park and River Forest High School reports a decline in suspensions and expulsions for the first semester of the 2007-2008 school year, according to recently released discipline figures.

Though in-school (ISS) and out-of-school (OSS) suspensions are down from the previous year’s first semesters, detentions are slightly up.

First semester results were officially released last night at the District 200 school board meeting. For the first semester of the ’07-’08 school year, detentions totaled 1,854, an increase of nine over the previous year’s first semester.

In-school suspensions declined by 259 to 176 from ’06-’07. Out-of-school suspensions dropped from 144 to 62. Expulsions saw a significant decline, from 19 in ’06-’07 to just three so far this year.

OPRF officials said no single factor can explain the decline, but they cite the resurgence of the school’s pupil support model as a contributing factor.

Some board members, however, asked why this year’s report did not include specific information on infractions and student conduct as did previous reports.

Supt. Attila Weninger said the school did not intend to provide such a detailed report for this year’s first semester.

tdean@wjinc.com

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