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Phone:  630-617-2304

Fax:  630-617-2345

Address: 162 S. York, Elmhurst, IL 60126

FOIA Requests

In accordance with the Illinois Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the designated officer for Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 is Ellen M. Walsh. 

All requests made under the provisions outlined in FOIA legislation, should be sent to the attention of Ellen M. Walsh via mail at District 205 Center, 162 S. York, Elmhurst, IL 60126 or via email at

Superintendent of Schools

Message from the Superintendent


District 205 has asked the voters to express their opinion on its proposed long range Master Facilities Plan. A question on the ballot asks voters if they will support a $168.5M referendum that will result in improvements at all 13 campuses and a permanent home for the District’s Transition program. The impact on the taxpayer is an average annual increase above the current amount of $150 on a $500,000 home.

The District 205 website features detailed information on the proposal, including several videos chronicling the District’s current facilities challenges. The plan includes a new Lincoln and Field School, safety and security upgrades across the District, Future Ready Learning spaces at all schools, an all-day kindergarten option at all local school elementary campuses, flood remediation at affected sites, and school specific upgrades at all schools, including air conditioning at Jackson and Jefferson and major improvements to the York Auditorium.

Be sure to vote! 

School Report Cards Available Soon

This year school report cards will look different to reflect changes in the 2015 reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Act, known as ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act). ESSA replaces the No Child Left Behind Act, which was in place since 2002.

The new system includes a growth component and other measures, which differs from previous school report cards that focused solely on attainment measures based on annual standardized testing. Under the new system, schools are placed into one of four categories. All of District 205 schools received a "Commendable" rating. The top category is "Exemplary." The two lowest categories are "Underperforming" and "Lowest Level."

The District has produced a video to help parents understand some factors to consider when deciphering all of the various types of school rating systems that are prevalent across the country. In addition, specific information on the school reports will be sent directly to parents when the report cards are released.

A recent Chicago Tribune article sheds some light on the new state report cards as well. 

Parents with questions about the new report card are encouraged to contact their principal.

District 205 Selected to National Innovation Network

District 205 has been selected to participate in a National Innovation and Transformational Leadership Network, a joint venture by the American Association of School Administrators and the Successful Practices Network, a branch of the International Center for Leadership in Education.

The kick-off meeting was held this past Sunday. The District’s Innovation Team, comprised of Learning and Teaching Committee Chair, Jim Collins, Assistant Superintendent for Innovation and Growth, Dr. Mark Cohen, Field Principal, Heidi Thomas, and Sandburg English Department Chair Frank Dahlman, worked on a draft “GPS Statement,” and studied key elements important for successful innovation in public schools.

The goal for year one is to pilot interdisciplinary units of study at each grade level span across the District.

Manufacturing Open House

This past week, York hosted an open house to launch its Manufacturing Pathway, which will be implemented beginning with the 2019-20 school year. District and high school administrators, teachers, and Board members welcomed local business leaders who will form a local council to support the program. Approximately 25 area manufacturing leaders were present and participated in a two-way dialogue to identify mutual needs and strategies to work together effectively and support students.

The Manufacturing Pathway is one aspect of a comprehensive plan supporting the District vision of ensuring that all students graduate college, career, and life ready. Other pathways and programs are under development at York, including a Business Incubator program, which will also launch next year. A Medical Careers Lab will be constructed to support Bio-Medical and other related health careers if the referendum is successful.

Updated October 31, 2018

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I sincerely hope all of you will be able to join us on Monday, September 17, for the second annual State of the Schools presentation at the York Commons at 7:00 p.m. The evening will celebrate many of the outstanding accomplishments in D205, feature presentations and videos highlighting this year’s learning and teaching priorities, and provide information on the November 6 referendum.

On August 20, the Board unanimously approved placing a $168.5M referendum on the ballot for November. If approved, the average annual tax increase for the owner of a $500,000 home would be $150.

There will be many additional opportunities for the community to learn about the referendum and the Master Facilities Plan.  The District website includes and FAQ document, a resource link that highlights the key elements of the plan, a tax calculator, historical documents with information from Focus 205 and various presentations and studies that helped inform the development of the plan.

There will be a Community Finance Night on Monday, September 24, at Lincoln Elementary School at 7:00 p.m. with building tours beginning at 6:00 p.m.

A series of building tours is scheduled for Lincoln, Field, Jackson and Churchville schools, and tours of our other sites will be available upon request.

Soon, the Master Facilities Plan link will be updated to include five videos chronicling the condition of our buildings across the District. Whether or not you are able to participate in any of the scheduled tours, I strongly encourage you to watch these short segments.

I will continue make the rounds to all of the local PTA meetings and other events around town to share information with the community about the priorities outlined in the plan, so I hope to see you at some point in the near future. Another good upcoming opportunity to learn more about the referendum is at the first PTA Superintendent’s Coffee at Hawthorne Elementary School on September 19, at 1:30 p.m.

Please educate yourself on the issues and vote.

Updated September 15, 2018

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To all new and returning D205 students and families,

Welcome to the 2018-19 school year!

The Class of 2031 enters kindergarten as classroom doors open on August 15. Similarly, the Class of 2019 will prepare to close a chapter and launch into the world. I have every confidence that kindergarten through 12 grade, our students will emerge college, career, and life ready!

Our student’s success is intentional. This month, Niche ranked Elmhurst D205 among the Top 10 School Districts in Illinois. Similarly, in recent polls conducted by Strategies 360, community satisfaction with D205 has rated over 80 percent in 2017 and 2018. I love the direction that we are headed and honestly believe that we have just scratched the surface.

I am very proud of our teachers, who have worked so hard over the past couple of years to ensure that District 205 will be A National Leader in Future Ready Learning. On Monday, August 13, our teachers will come together with a keynote address by Eric Sheninger, renown educator and author of Learning Transformed. Sheninger also will return to work with York teachers and administrators three days throughout the year.

Future-ready learning merits future-ready classrooms. On August 14, the Board will decide whether to move forward with a November referendum. Members will vote whether or not to build a new Lincoln and Field School, renovate and expand Edison, ensure spaces for all-day kindergarten, improve safety and security, add future-ready learning spaces and media centers to all schools, renovate the York auditorium and make site specific improvements at schools across the District based on need.  

These are exciting times of learning and growth. Just last year, many projects successfully moved underway, most notably a systematized approach to interventions in grades 1-8, full implementation of Eureka Math in grades K-8, and year one of the middle school reorganization, which included Acceleration Time and more minutes for math instruction.  

Greater enhancements await this year such as implementing two-way, dual-language-immersion programming at Fischer (a District program), de-leveling multiple subject areas at York High School, introducing STEM-based education through Project Lead the Way at the middle school level, and standards-based reporting at the elementary level. D205 will continue its focus on rigor and student empowerment as well the 6Cs of creativity, critical thinking, communication, collaboration, character, and citizenship.

As York High School celebrates its centennial on September 27-30, we are grateful that our parents, educators, residents, and community partners remain faithful supporters, ensuring that our children have the very best opportunities possible. Together, we are setting the course of education for Elmhurst and all of D205 for decades to come.

Have a great school year. Go 205! Go Dukes!

Dr. David Moyer

Updated August 13, 2018

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Dr. David A. Moyer - Biography

The 2018-19 school year marks Dr. David Moyer’s fourth as the superintendent of Elmhurst Community District 205. Moyer has 20 previous years of school administrator experience spanning seven school districts in two states. He has eight prior years of superintendent leadership, and has served as a superintendent, assistant superintendent, principal, assistant principal, and athletic director. Read more here...

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Dr. David Moyer

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Moyer, Dr. David
Superintendent of Schools
Walsh, Ellen
Executive Assistant to the Superintendent


Cohen, Ed.D., Mark
Assistant Superintendent of Innovation and Growth
Henderson, Ed.D., Mary
Associate Superintendent for Learning and Leadership Development
Kosteck, Ed.D., Kathleen
Assistant Superintendent for Student Services
Lemke, Mariann
Executive Director of Research and Program Analysis
Redmond, Bev
Executive Director of Communications
Smith, David
Executive Director of Technology,
Whelton, Christopher
Assistant Superintendent for Finance & Operations
Woell, Ed.D., James
Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources

District Vision Statement

Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 will be a national leader in educating children of all backgrounds and ability levels, promoting high individual student achievement. The district will incorporate student-centered decision-making, the highest academic standards, best practices in education, the highest caliber educational professionals, and leading edge resources to ensure an equitable education for all and success in a global society.

District Mission Statement

The mission of Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 is to meet the educational needs of all students, challenging each to his or her full potential and ensuring a foundation for future success in life.