Oak Lawn Community High School Swears In New Board Members
On Tuesday, May 2, School District Attorney Burt Odelson officiated the oath of office to the recently elected Board of Education members Robert Loehr, Margaret Nugent, Judith Ott, Lenny Svoboda, and Safaa Zarzour.
The special meeting also included selecting new Board officers, President Robert Loehr, Vice President Matthew Egan, and Secretary Judith Ott. Oak Lawn Community High School serves the City of Hometown, part of Bridgeview and all students residing to the north of 99th Street in Oak Lawn.
“New Board” Starts on Tuesday Night
After the board takes roll call and approves the minutes from previous meetings, Oak Lawn’s Mayor, Clerk and three Trustees who won their respective April elections will be sworn into office. Immediately before the swearing in, outgoing Trustee Michael Carberry will be able to make his final address to the board. After the Mayor, Clerk and Trustees are sworn into office, the public will have a chance to speak. The only newcomer is Tom Phelan, who will be replacing Carberry, but most observers would agree that the former two term Trustee is hardly a newcomer. After the ceremony, its down to business.
The Village of Oak Lawn had allowed the aggregation program to end as customers returned to Com Ed or to alternate suppliers. But last month, the village changed course allowing its consultant to send out an Request for Proposal for electricity supply for the homeowners of the village. As always, individual homeowners will be able to opt out of the program if they so choose.
Local High Schools Ranked in Top 100 In Illinois
US News and World Report has issued its top ranked high schools in the country. Community High School District 218 has earned recognition for its three schools. Harold L. Richards High School in Oak Lawn was ranked No. 62, Alan B. Shepard High School in Palos Heights was ranked No. 68, and Dwight D. Eisenhower High School in Blue Island was ranked No. 86 in the state. Oak Lawn Community High School, which is District 229, ranked at No. 97.
Life After The Election
What happens to candidates that lose an election? They go back to concentrating on their jobs, their businesses and families. There is not only life after an election, but also recognition, for one candidate who came up short in Oak Lawn’s municipal election. Glenn Schlesser, who ran for District 2 Trustee, is being honored by the Illinois State Fire Marshall for reaching “the highest level of certification”. Schlesser is a Thornton Fire Department Captain. He will be officially recognized on May 18th at the Fire Chiefs Symposium in East Peoria.
Oak Lawn Hometown Middle School Takes Championship
For the first time in 20 years, and the first time under the Oak Lawn-Hometown Middle school name, The boys sixth and seventh grade basketball team are Conference Champs!
“The boys had a confidence and a belief that they were going to win every time they stepped onto the court. We always seemed to find a way no matter what the situation was. This belief developed over the course of the season and we became a very good basketball team. Their dedication and hard work paid off. I feel very fortunate to have coached this group of boys and I am very proud of them and their accomplishments,” said Coach Dave Dare.
The boys played a tough game on Saturday and came back to win after being down by 4 points with only 2:44 left to play. The score was close, 33-30 with 30 seconds left, but a good defense helped to secure the win.
Some highlights from the boys’ phenomenal season include their 17-2 record, they won 15 games straight meaning they haven’t had an L since January 26! The boys were SWIC Tournament Champions, and North Division Champions during the regular season. Nick Daugherty was recognized as the Most Outstanding Player of the Tournament and as an SWIC All-Conference Player along with his teammates Jaylen Johnson, and Tunde Ogunleye.