The Oak Park and River Forest High School District 200 Board of Education will hold a meeting, in addition to building tours, on Dec. 14. Building tours will be conducted from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., while the meeting will take place in the staff cafeteria from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. 

The board is inviting residents’ input on how to utilize the old pool spaces if, and when, a new pool facility is built. The board will also discuss the high school’s growing student enrollment and its impact on the future learning environment. 

In October, the board voted to build a new pool facility on the site of the current parking garage. Total project costs for tearing down the parking garage, currently on the site where the facility will be built, and then building the pool are estimated at $37.5 million. The board voted unanimously to pay for the pool construction with $20 million from its general fund balance and $17.5 million in so-called working cash bonds.

In June, Robert Zummallen, OPRF’s construction supervisor, said the district was in the program verification phase, which entails receiving feedback from community stakeholders about what to do with the pools. 

“We’re gathering input from teaching staff, coaches, the park district and organizations like the YMCA about what they’d want [to replace the pools],” Zummallen said at the time.  


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