Community Council

Note: In February 2017, Citizens' Council changed its name to Community Council, to avoid any association with the 1950s citizens' councils in the South, which had an agenda of white supremacy.

The mission of the Community Council, established by Board of Education Policy 1420, is to encourage community and parent awareness and understanding of school issues and needs. The forum provides for an interchange of ideas between members of the Council and the Oak Park and River Forest High School administration. The council serves in an advisory capacity to the Board of Education and is available to the Board for discussion and study. 

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  • 45 members -- from Oak Park and River Forest communities

  • Appointed by District 200 Board of Education, upon recommendation of the Superintendent

  • Two-year terms

  • Nominations accepted anytime from anyone by the Office of the Superintendent, 708-434-3511

  • Board approves nominations, typically in late May or June

Members are chosen for their genuine interest in the community and school affairs.  Every attempt will be made to include people of varied economic status, race, religious preference, age, and location. If you have interest in obtaining more information, please contact one of the Community Council co-chairs or a current member. 

The Council typically meets every month from September through May. Dates and topics are listed below. Community Council meetings are open to the public; however, visitors are respectfully asked to refrain from comment during the meeting unless invited to participate by the Council. Otherwise, comments or questions can be addressed to the co-chairs at the meeting’s conclusion. 

2019 - 2020 Meeting Schedule  – 7:30 p.m., second floor Staff Café (unless otherwise noted)

September 12

October 10

November 14

December 12

January 9

February 13

March 12

April 9

May 14

Brainstorming and planning meeting for the year 

Freshman Curriculum Restructuring

School Finances, Taxes, Abatement

Student Culture and Climate

Equity Policy

Curriculum Staying Relevant to 21st Century 

Imagine Phase 1 and Capital Campaign

Data Sjare

School Policies: Cell Phone, Vaping, Substance Abuse, Attendance


A list of all council members is available upon request by contacting the lead co-chair or co-chair.