Thursday, March 28, 2013
The combined total cost of the constructions projects is $2 million with a project at Irving Elementary School coming in at $860,000, according to OakPark.com.
Thursday, March 28
Playgrounds at Whittier, Mann and Hatch elementary schools will all see upgrades this summer while Irving Elementary School will see extensive work done, which will include a new synthetic turf field and the replacement of its current playground, according to OakPark.com. The District 97 Board of Education in recent weeks has approved the final summer plans for the park as well as an intergovernmental agreeement between District 97 and the Park District of Oak Park , according to OakPark.com. OakPark.com has more on this story.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Area schools were on lockdown Monday as a precaution while police searched for suspects in a residential burglary in Oak Park.
Updated 6:30 p.m. March 20 Oak Park police charged two men in connection with a residential burglary Monday and are searching for a third possible suspect. A police squad car was heavily damaged in the incident. Angel Reyes, 24, of the 7500 block of Washington Street in Hanover Park, and Justin Cortez, 18, of the 600 block of N. Kedzie Avenue in Chicago, were both charged with residential burglary and criminal damage to state-supported property. The men are being held in Oak Park pending a bond hearing Thursday. Police say a third suspect might have fled on foot. He is described as a black male in his late teens or early 20s, about 5-foot-9 and wearing dark clothing and a knit hat. The front door of the home, in the 600 block of S. …
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Schools in the Forest Park, Oak Park and River Forest area have canceled some after-school activities.
Some area schools have canceled activities Tuesday afternoon because of the heavy snowfall in the area. Check back to Patch for updates throughout the day, and sign up for FREE breaking news alerts to your email: Oak Park-River Forest alerts / Forest Park news alerts River Forest District 90: All District 90 and PTO after school activities are canceled Tuesday afternoon. Oak Park District 97: All activities after 6 p.m. are canceled, but the school board meeting will go on as scheduled. OPRF High School: The district will close at 5 p.m. Tuesday. Activities and practices scheduled between 3:04 and 5 p.m. will still take place. Oak Park Park District: The only Park District programs that will take place this afternoon and this evening …
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Three of District 97’s elementary schools—Hatch, Longfellow and Mann—earned an Academic Excellence Award from the Illinois State Board of Education.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Parents can find out all of the programs and services available for elementary school-aged children.
A fair to connect Elementary District 97 Oak Park families with services and resources they may need for their special needs children is set for Jan. 26 at Holmes Elementary School, 508 N. Kenilworth Ave. The Special Education Resource Fair will be held from 9-11:30 a.m. It's free and open to the public. Organizations participating in this effort include, Suburban Access; Community Support Services; Oak Park Public Library; Seguin Services; Thrive; West Cook YMCA; Oak Park Township and the West Suburban Special Recreation Association. Parking will be available behind the school and on Kenilworth Avenue. Call the district at 708-524-3000 for more information.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Oak Park police are reminding parents to talk with children about what to do if they are approached by a stranger and three recent reports.
Oak Park police are asking parents and school officials to talk with their children again about what to do if they are approached by a stranger. Police said in a letter to area school officials today, that they are asking them to talk with children after receiving three reports of individuals trying to talk with young teens. A 13-year-old girl reported twice that the same man had attempted to talk to her recently while walking down Harlem Avenue near Chicago Avenue. In another incident, a 13-year-old boy reported that a woman had offered to give him a ride. Police said the first incident occurred Tuesday, Dec. 18 as the girl was walking on the east side of Harlem Avenue and approached Chicago Avenue. She said a man described as about 30 …
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
5-percent of all sales Nov. 1 to help transform playground at Oak Park school.
The Irving Park Schoolyard project will be getting a green boost from Whole Foods Market - in money that is. Five percent of the store's proceeds Thursday, Nov. 1 will benefit the renovations at the playground. For over 50 years, the schoolyard at Washington Irving School has been paved in asphalt. But community members have sought to turn the 80,000 square feet of blacktop into a recreation area that will be a benefit to the entire community, project organizers said. A volunteer effort seven years in the making has aimed to change all of that. The organizers behind the Irving Schoolyard Project envision an outdoor wonderland for use by the school's growing student population as well as the rest of the Oak Park community. As of now, the …
Friday, October 5, 2012
Board decided to renegotiate Supt. Al Roberts contract early to ensure he would remain with the district for an extended period of time.
The District 97 school board gave a big thumbs-up to Supt. Al Roberts by giving him a new agreement that would keep him on the job through the 2015-2016 school year. The board recently gave him a new contract - six months before the old one expired in June 2013 - with a 2.7 percent pay increase. His pay would be $200,265 for the current school year, board president Peter Barber said. "We wanted to ensure he would remain here for an extended period of time," Barber said. "He's been a good, strong superintendent and done an outstanding job providing leadership to the district," he said. Roberts signed a three-year agreement in 2010. The new contract is for four years and will take the place of his original one, Barber said. The original …
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
This event, hosted by the Park District of Oak Park and School District 97, begins at 7:30 p.m. at Village Hall.
The public is invited to attend a community forum beginning at 7:30 p.m. at Village Hall tonight to discuss a proposed plan for Oak Park Elementary School District 97 and the Park District of Oak Park to share facilities. The plan includes the construction of a new administrative building in the parking lot south of Village Hall, which would become the new home of both the school district and the park district. Also proposed is for District 97's maintenance operations to relocate to the village's public works department building, and the park district's maintenance operations to be moved to District 97's warehouse space. It's like a government game of musical chairs! The meeting will start with a brief presentation outlining the plan and …
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Input from the Oak Park community is sought at a Sep. 19 meeting to discuss the proposed new building south of Village Hall.
What do you think of the new proposal for a shared-administrative-services facility being build atop the parking lot south of Oak Park Village Hall (and the relocating of District 97 and Park District of Oak Park maintenance operations and Village public works)? The Village of Oak Park, D97 and the Park District want to know, and have scheduled a community forum to hear residents' take on the concept. The forum is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Village Hall on Wednesday, Sep. 19. "There will be a brief presentation followed by an opportunity for residents to ask questions or offer feedback about this important topic," read a flyer distributed by the Village of Oak Park. "We welcome and look forward to your input." For the complete details on …