We’ve wondered for years why Oak Park and River Forest High School District 200 board meetings were not videotaped. Several candidates running in the last school board election wondered this aloud, too. 

Now that video is finally coming out of D200 board meetings and other public meetings hosted by the district at a fairly regular clip, we want to devote some ink to giving honor where it’s due — something that’s a rarity in a town with as many critical thinkers as Oak Park. 

A particular shoutout goes to D200’s great communications team (Karin Sullivan and WJ alum Jackie McGoey), along with a school board and superintendent that haven’t broken stride during the transition. More eyes in board rooms are a good thing. Video is, to a good extent, a civic disinfectant. Not to mention, the footage makes our job easier, particularly as our staff reporters take on more responsibilities and duties while we adjust, in our own way, to the demands of the 21st century. 

Michael Romain 

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