Imagine OPRF Work Group
Imagine Facilities Project 1 Approved
On Dec. 20, 2018, the Board of Education approved moving forward with designing the first construction project to result from the Imagine OPRF facilities master-planning process. Imagine Facilities Project 1 includes renovation/construction of 76 general education classrooms, learning spaces for the Special Education TEAM (Transitional Education with Access to the Mainstream) program, first phase of a student commons, a student resource center, all-gender restrooms, and more. The total estimated project cost is $32,631,500. Funding will come from existing cash reserves, thereby avoiding a tax increase to property owners and preserving the district’s debt-free status.
NEW Click here for a video tour of the high school and some of its facilities challenges.
DRAFT PLAN Click here for information on the draft facilities master plan, proposed sequencing, and estimated costs.
Formed in spring 2017, the Imagine OPRF Work Group is charged with making recommendations to the Board of Education for a fiscally responsible facilities plan that supports equity and current and future academic programming needs. Imagine OPRF will review previous facilities plans and research, explore new options, and gather community input.
Imagine OPRF is an outcome of the November 2016 election, when the community voted down a bond issue of up to $25 million. The bonds would have been combined with $20 million from the district's cash reserves to fund a $44.5 million five-year facilities plan.
According to the results from the Cook County Board of Elections, out of 35,676 ballots cast, those opposed to the bond issue prevailed by a margin of 28 votes. With community interest high and the vote so close, the district decided that a new, community-based approach was needed to solve its facilities issues.
In December 2016, the Board of Education approved creation of a community engagement committee to make recommendations for a long-range facilities plan. To see the resolution as well as the process for establishing the committee, click here.
Work Group Membership
The district conducted outreach to every household in Oak Park and River Forest, inviting residents to apply to become a member of Imagine OPRF. Our goal was to select a diverse, representative group with regard to age, race, gender, family configuration, families who've felt connected to OPRF/families who've felt excluded, renter/homeowner, children/no children, background and experience, level of education, personally connected to D200/no connection, etc. Ninety people completed an application.
While the initial plan was to select a work group of 25, the launch team that reviewed applicants felt that the groundswell of citizen interest warranted expanding that number. The final work group has 43 members, who will meet for the first time on Aug. 26, 2017. We anticipate that the full group will divide into subcommittees to manage the work and report out findings.
For more information, contact Karin Sullivan, director of communications and community relations, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 708-434-3691.
Proposal from and contract with consultant Unicom*ARC to lead the engagement process (NOTE: This contract was ended early, in March 2018)
Contract for architectural consulting services from Perkins + Will
Summary of construction management services to be provided by International Contractors Inc