Voting will take place at nearly every public school in Oak Park and River Forest today. And despite possibly record numbers of voters showing up, local school officials expect operations to remain the same.
All 10 schools in District 97 will be polling places today, including both middle schools. Ballots will be cast in the auditoriums of most of those schools, says Gail Crantz, spokeswoman for D97.
Schools in the district will maintain their regular hours, and little will be affected, except for parking.
“Everything is absolutely normal at the schools,” she said.
D97 will move its custodians to the front of the school to direct voters to the proper place, and Oak Park police will patrol precincts during voting.
Oak Park and River Forest School is also a voting site today. A call to the school’s spokeswoman was not returned immediately.
Two of three schools in River Forest’s District 90-Willard and Roosevelt-are also polling places today. Both schools will maintain regular hours and voting will be separated into an area away from normal operations, says Anthony Cozzi, business manager for the district.
“Voters do have a special entrance they have to go to in both buildings,” he said.
Trinity High School will also hold voting in its auditorium. The school will maintain regular hours and operations, said Mary Tansey, director of admissions.