Oak Park USD Board of Education
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 fulfill 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.
Derek RossPresidentCurrent Term: firstname.lastname@example.org Derek is a dedicated volunteer to the community of Oak Park. He is a former chairman of the Oak Park Municipal Advisory Council (OP MAC) and the Oak Park Recreation and Park Committee. His dedication to the community led 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. In 2016, Derek was recognized by the Community Foundation For Oak Park with the prestigious "Golden Acorn" award. Derek truly has a penchant for community service. Derek and his wife Lauren moved to Oak Park in 2003 and have two daughters attending Red Oak Elementary.
Denise HelfsteinVice-PresidentCurrent Term: email@example.com
Denise has been a resident of Oak Park for 13 years. She has served in a variety of volunteer positions in the District, including a two-year term at the PTA President at Brookside Elementary School. 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 of California. Denise and her husband Todd are the parents of two sons currently attending OPUSD schools.
Barbara LaifmanClerkCurrent Term: firstname.lastname@example.org Barbara has been an Oak Park resident for 19 years where she resides with her 3 children and husband. Her children all started in the district in kindergarten and are currently in high school, college, and post-graduate studies. She graduated from the University of Michigan majoring in psychology and received a J.D. from the USC Gould School of Law. She was appointed as a board member to fill a one-year interim term in November 2007, was elected in 2008 for a four-year term and re-elected for a four-year term in 2012 and 2016.
MemberCurrent Term: email@example.com In November 2010, Allen was elected to his first term as an OPUSD Board Member and was re-elected to another 4-year term in 2014. He has lived in Oak Park for over 20 years with his wife Jan and 3 sons. All 3 currently attend or have attended Oak Park schools.
Drew Hazelton Member Current Term: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 10 years. Drew earned his BS from Indiana University and an MBA from Ohio State University. He is a WAGS and AYSO volunteer and works with Junior Achievement. Drew and his wife have two daughters who attend Oak Park schools.