The average teacher at Oak Park ESD 97 received $119,740 in total compensation in the 2015-2016 school year for working nine months, according to an analysis of Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and Teachers Retirement System (TRS) records by the West Cook News.
The subsidy Oak Park Elementary School District 97 received through state taxes increased 11.5 percent from fiscal year 2008 to 2017, adjusted for inflation, according to a West Cook News analysis of public schools data.
The revenue Oak Park Elementary School District 97 received through local taxes increased 24.1 percent from fiscal year 2008 to 2017, adjusted for inflation, according to a West Cook News analysis of public schools data.
Forest Park School District 91, Hillside School District 93 and Lindop School District 92 reported the smallest student-to-administrator ratios in West Suburbs, according to the latest Illinois Schools Report Card.
Public school administrators in River Forest Public Schools District 90, Lyons Township High School District 204 and Oak Park-River Forest School District 200 earn the highest average salary in West Suburbs, according to the latest Illinois schools report card.
Pleasantdale School District 107, Central Stickney School District 110 and Hillside School District 93 received the best financial ratings by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) for their 2017 finances.
The three major local government entities serving the Village of Oak Park have more than doubled their spending over the past 40 years, according to an analysis by Local Government Information Services, which publishes West Cook News.
Oak Park Elementary School District 97 has $17,100,000 in debt, which is $1,053 per household in the district, according to Illinois State Board of Education 2016 financial reports obtained by the West Cook News.
If voters approve two Oak Park School District 97 referendums on April 4, they'd better be ready to pay an additional $700 a year in property taxes on average, a taxpayer advocacy group warned recently.