OPRF pool process now has logo, prompting an interpretation

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By Michael Romain

Staff Reporter

In its efforts to apply some method to the pool madness, Oak Park and River Forest District 200 has also created an image — of a wave, believe it or not (which may invoke either seasick-like nausea in some or hopeful anticipation in others or a mixture of both). 

One can imagine, now, how Ferdinand Magellan and his crew must have felt during their voyage around the world. Magellan set off in 1519 and was killed in the Philippines in 1522, but by then the famous sailor and his crew had basically made history by discovering "the eastern edge of the known world" before the discoverer's men sailed home to Spain.

The community's been discussing the fate of the high school's 90-year-old pools for around the same amount of time it took those pre-modern seafarers to decisively prove the earth's roundness, if not longer; several plans, like poor old Magellan, have fallen casualty to the choppy voyage. 

The high school board, however, is hopeful that, like Magellan's crew, they can sail homeward bound, hopefully on more placid waters (although the image of a wave doesn't quite evoke a sense of calm).  

The board will host three community meetings "to share options and to gather community feedback," according to a statement the district released this week. The meetings will take place on April 9, 11 and 12. The first and last will take place at the high school, while the April 11 meeting will take place at the River Forest Community Center, 8020 W. Madison St., River Forest. 

For more information on meeting times and specific locations, visit http://www.oprfhs.org/board-of-education/Community-Pool-Meetings.cfm.

-- Michael Romain

Email: michael@oakpark.com

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James West  

Posted: March 31st, 2016 2:14 PM

Tom MacMillan, you understand the process of local government.

Tom MacMillan from Oak Park  

Posted: March 31st, 2016 10:35 AM

What I anticipate is them discussing options of their choosing with the illusion that the community is somehow participating in the thought process. So there is Option 1 is we build a pool or Option 2 is we build a slightly different pool. Any options involving not doing a new pool or "only" fixing the existing pool will not be mentioned. Our participation is to shut up and pay up.

James West  

Posted: March 24th, 2016 1:33 PM

Tom MacMillan, the story does not mention how much it cost tax payers to make that logo, or the cost of hiring a firm to handle all of the planning for the discussions, when Michael Romain, was able to let people know, without any cost to tax payers.

Tom MacMillan from Oak Park  

Posted: March 24th, 2016 10:21 AM

The logo should feature a bunch of dollar signs going down a drain

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