School bond referendum fails to pass by margin of 118 votes
A bond issue on the ballot in Oak Park and River Forest was voted down by a margin of 118 votes.
The question considered by voters was a bond issue of up to $25 million by Oak Park and River Forest High School District No. 200. The bonds were discussed by the board in August, with a plan unanimously approved that specified improvements the funds would cover.
The plan called for an increased number of classroom spaces, a 40-meter pool to replace two 88-year-old pools and facility parking. Planned improvements were also to alleviate health and safety challenges found in locker rooms. The plan was budgeted at $44.5 million to be paid through the bonds and $20 million in cash
The Cook County Board of Elections reports the majority voted “no” by a 0.34 percent margin. Following the results, the board will now start anew with ideas on how to make improvements within the district. The community will be made aware of any developments on the project.
Those wishing to learn more about the project can visit facilities.oprfhs.org.