Oak Park and River Forest residents have voted down a bond issue of up to $25 million by Oak Park and River Forest High School District 200. The question of whether or not to approve the bond issue was put before voters on yesterday's ballot. According to results posted by the Cook County Board of Elections, “no” votes prevailed by a margin of 0.34%, or 118 votes. The bonds were intended to help fund the facilities plan unanimously adopted by the Board on Aug. 16, 2016. The plan would add and improve classroom spaces, replace the two 88-year-old pools with a single 40-meter pool, provide onsite parking, and mitigate health and safety concerns in locker rooms. The Board had planned to finance the $44.5 million project with $20 million in cash in addition to the bonds.
With the failure of the referendum, the Board will begin new deliberations to determine next steps and will keep the community apprised of developments in the project.
Visit facilities.oprfhs.org for more information about the project to date.