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The Board of Education is the governing body of the Oak Park Unified School District.  It is an elected five member entity, with each individual board member serving a four year term.  The main responsibilities of the Board of Education include setting district policy, establishing district goals, ensuring that the district is compliant with Federal, State and Local requirements, creating a budget that prioritizes the established goals and maintaining contractual relationships with the Oak Park Teachers Association and the Oak Park Classified Association.  The Board is also responsible for employing the Superintendent as well as the unit to whom the Superintendent is accountable.  Together, the Board of Education and the Superintendent form the Governance Team, working collaboratively to fulfull the unique responsibilities of each entity.  The Board fulfills its responsibilities by way of action at regularly scheduled monthly Board meetings as well as special meetings when warranted.  We welcome your attendance at Board meetings and think you will find them beneficial to increase your knowledge, awareness and understanding of the district.  As elected representatives, we strive to balance the interests of all facets of the Oak Park Unified School District and the community at large in our decisions with the children at the forefront of our minds.

Barbara Laifman
Current Term: 2012-2016
Barbara has been an Oak Park resident for 14 years where she resides with her 3 children and husband. Her  children all started in the district in kindergarten and are currently in middle, high school and college. She graduated from  the University of Michigan majoring in psychology and received a J.D. at the USC Gould School of Law . After practicing law for a couple years, Barbara had the good fortune to become a full time parent. She was appointed as a board member to fill a one-year interim term in November 2007 and was re-elected in 2012 for a second four-year term.



Allen Rosen
Vice President
Current Term: 2014-2018
In November 2010, Allen was elected to his first term as an OPUSD Board Member. He was reelected in November 2014.  He has lived in Oak Park a number of years and he and his wife Janice have three sons who all attend Oak Park schools..

Drew Hazelton
Drew Hazelton
 Current Term: 2014-2018
Drew was appointed to the Board as a Provisional Appointment as a result of the resignation of a former Board Member. In November 2014, he was elected to his first official term as an OPUSD Board Member.  He has lived in Oak Park for almost 8 years.  Drew earned his BS from Indiana University and an MBA from Ohio State University.  He is a WAGS and AYSO volunteer, a Triunfo YMCA volunteer with the Indian Princess Guides and works with Junior Achievement.  Drew and his wife have two daughters who attend Oak Park schools.   

Denise Helfstein  
Denise Helfstein
Current Term: 2014-2016
Denise has been a resident of Oak Park for 12 years.  She recently completed a two-year term as the PTA President at Brookside Elementary and continues to serve in a variety of other volunteer positions in the District.  Denise holds a B.A. in political science from the University of California at San Diego and a J.D. from the University of San Francisco and is a member of the State Bar in California. 
Denise and her husband Todd are the parents of two sons; one who attends Brookside and the other attends Middle Creek Middle School.  Denise feels "privileged that her children attend school in a district that focuses not only on academics, but on the 'whole child' and the larger world around them."

Derek Ross

 Derek Ross
Current Term: 2014-2018
Derek is a dedicated community volunteer to the Oak Park Community.  He currently serves on the Oak Park Community Emergency Response Team and in 2008 he was elected to the Oak Park MAC and served as Chairman of that Council in 2011.  Derek is also chairman of the Oak Park Recreation and Park District Committee.  His dedication to the community lead him to co-author a book titled, Images of America-Oak Park.  All proceeds from that book were donated to non-profit organizations in the community.  
Derek and his wife Lauren moved to Oak Park in 2003 and have two daughters attending Red Oak Elementary. 



Last Modified on November 16, 2015