January 21, 1999


This is a summary of the actions of the Oak Park and River Forest High School Board of Education at its last meeting on Thursday, January 21, 1999.


  • approved the consent items: minutes of December 10, December 17, 1998, January 11, January 13, and January 14, 1999; personnel recommendations; FDSE Actions; and financial reports; 
  • approved the 1999 Summer School faculty salaries, tuition and dates of June 16 through July 23, 1999 with no classes on July 2 and July 5, 1999.  Also approved were the Field Sciences dates as follows:

   Field Biology:    July 26-August 26, 1999
   Field Geology    July 12-27, 1999
   Field Environmental Studies   July 24-August 7, 1999
   Field Marine Biology   August 5-16, 1999

  • adopted the Information Skills and Literature Connections: Scope and Sequence which represents the library and research skills and connections students will encounter in their educational experiences in the public schools in Districts 90, 97 and 200;
  • approved the following textbooks for the divisions as indicated: Applied Arts DivisionMacroeconomics, reviewed by Mr. Bruner; History DivisionAmistad, reviewed by Mrs. Fisher; Black Profiles in Courage, reviewed by Mrs. Leavy; America is Me, reviewed by  Mrs. Peterson; and, Africa, reviewed by Mr. Stewart; and
  • approved for first reading Policy 4220, Retirement BenefitsNon-Certified Professionals and Managers.


Board member Bruner volunteered to review the following textbooks for the History DivisionCitizen Soldiers


Superintendents ReportDr. Offermann reported that Oak Park and River Forest High School will host the Tri-District Institute Day on Monday, January 25, 1999.  The theme will be Success for Every Learner.  Dr. Offermann credited Dr. Suzanne Casey, Marianne Gini, Dr. Hayden Green, Lona McIntosh and Nikki Paplaczyk for their work on behalf of Oak Park and River Forest High School in planning the Institute Day.  Dr. Offermann announced that the State of Illinois had approved the schools Technology Plan.  This will enable the school to receive a grant for $135,000.  Class finals were held the week of January 18.  A new user-friendlier General Catalog will be forthcoming.  Dr. Offermann informed the Board members that New Directions was scheduled for Tuesday, February 2 and invited their participation.  From the estate of Miriam B. Hotchkiss, a 1926 graduate, Oak Park and River Forest High School Scholarship Fund will receive $250,000. 

Dr. Lebrecht presented slides depicting different demolition stages of the former Gleason property.  Dr. Lebrecht also recommended continuing with the Historic District Tax program, a program that freezes assessments for eight years and encourages landmark projection.  Approximately twenty residents are eligible for this program.

Dr. Danes informed the Board that the Human Relations Committee had met with facilitators Mary Jane Hollis and George Bailey.  Both the Human Relations Committee and the facilitators will meet with the Board of Education at a future Policy Committee meeting. Dr. Danes reported on the Departmental Enrollment Trends and Staffing Projections for 1999-2000 and 2000-2001.

Dr. Casey reported on the Freshman Seminars community service projects both in the school and out of the school.  Included was possible student participation in the Villages Day in the Park. 

The Board of Education reported that Dr. Susan Bridge of Glenbard West High School in Glen Ellyn, Illinois and Dr. Robert A. McKanna of Rush-Henrietta Central School District in Henrietta, New York were selected as the two finalists in the superintendent search.

The Board Members reported on their various Board committee and liaison representative responsibilities. 


Certified Staff


Carmen Avalos, Mathematics Teacher, effective January 25, 1999
Matthew Maloney, part-time teacher of Television Production in Fine & Performing Arts, effective January 25, 1999 

Leave of Absence 

Shara Storandt, Science Teacher, effective January 25, 1999, for second semester, contingent upon finding a suitable replacement 

Non-Certified Staff


Ron Anderson, Information Systems Technician, effective January 1, 1999
Lisa Hall, part-time Food Service employee, effective January 7, 1999
Sheila Houston, Special Projects Secretary in Pupil Services, effective January 18, 1999
Patricia Junius, Academy Paraprofessional/clerical assistant, effective January 4, 1999
Leslie Meery, First Contact/Student Activities Secretary, effective January 19, 1999 

Early Retirement

Paul Szwec, District Accountant, effective March 13, 2000 


Helga Stawski, TEAM Teaching Assistant in Special Education, effective June 11, 1999 

The next regular Board Meeting will be on Thursday, February 25, 1999, at 7:30 p.m., Board Conference Rooms.