Ridgeland School District 122 was founded in 1871, the year of the Chicago Fire. The district has evolved from a one-room schoolhouse with an enrollment of 14 students to a thriving modern school district serving 2,200 students.
The district draws elementary school students in grades PreK-8 from sections of Oak Lawn, Bridgeview and Chicago Ridge, although 80 percent of the district lies within Oak Lawn.
The district's attendance area is bounded by the west side of Central Avenue to the east side of Harlem Avenue, and from the south side of 87th Street to the north side of 103rd Street.
Elementary schools serve grades PreK-5. They include Columbus-Manor, Ernest F. Kolb and Harnew in Oak Lawn, and George W. Lieb in Bridgeview. Students in grades 6 through 8 attend Simmons Middle School located in Oak Lawn.
The Dist. 122 school board meets the third Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. at the district administrative office located at 6500 W. 95th St. (across the street from Sears).
Three 4-year term seats are up for election. The race includes three incumbents and one challenger. Seats will go the top three candidates who win the most votes.
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