The citizens group formed to campaign for the bond referendum to expand and modernize Riverside-Brookfield High School opened into its campaign office last week.

Citizens for Riverside-Brookfield High School moved into a space at 3633 Hollywood Ave., Brookfield, in the same building that houses The Paw restaurant and the Cyberdog Cafe.

The group, headed by District 208 school board member Bill McCloskey, is organizing to turn out voters to support the $58.8 bond referendum to expand and modernize RB. The vote will take place on March 21.

Other leaders of the effort include canvassing chair Luann Stirek, communications chair Dorothy Din, community outreach chair Joanne Cozzi, fundraising chair Otto Zeman and treasurer Gary Zeleny.

Among others active in the effort include Brookfield residents Frank West and Dan Hull.

The group has raised about $3,000 so far to support its efforts, according to Zeleny. Approximately 30 to 40 people have volunteered to help.

The group plans to go door to door to solicit support for the referendum for four consecutive weekends beginning Feb. 25, according to Stirek.

The group has already produced pamphlets in support of the referendum.

Stirek, who has volunteered on other referendums campaigns, and was a candidate for the District 208 board in 2005, was asked whether she is optimistic that the referendum will pass.

“I think it will if we get the information out there and educate people,” said Stirek.

?”Bob Skolnik