The new OPRF student center building in its final stages last December as Project 1 neared completion. | Alex Rogals/Staff Photographer

The Oak Park and River Forest High School tutoring center will remain open until 7 p.m. beginning next week. Currently it closes at 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and at 4:30 p.m. on Friday.

The tutoring center is located in the new Student Resource Center which opened eight months ago. It is staffed by educators and volunteers. This week OPRF is expected to hire additional staff to allow the tutoring center to remain open into the evening.

“We had approximately 10 applicants for tutoring positions and are currently completing the hiring process,” said Laurie Fiorenza, the Director of Student Learning in an email sent through Jackie McGoey, the communications and community relations coordinator for OPRF. “Tutoring will focus primarily on math, humanities, and writing.”

In order to attract job applicants, the school increased the pay for an after school tutor by $20 after the initial salary did not attract any applicants.

The school is also looking for volunteers who would like to help out with tutoring. Anyone interested in volunteering to help out in the tutoring center can contact Fiorenza at

The school is also looking to have a tutor available for virtual tutoring for students who can’t stay after school for in person tutoring.

At the Sept. 22 school board meeting OPRF school board member Fred Arkin pushed for the tutoring center’s hours to be expanded although plans to extend the hours were already in place. Arkin would like the new Student Resource Center to be used as much as possible including past 7 p.m.

“It’s there, we made a tremendous investment,” said Arkin at the Sept. 22 school board meeting referring to the $40 million cost of creating the new Student Resource Center. “I for one, and I can’t speak for my board colleagues, made that decision with the understanding that there would be additional operating costs and I hope that the administration is not predetermining what the board’s going to think about a certain item in not bringing it up for that.”

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