I am not sure that it has yet to sink in. I have been asked to serve as the next superintendent of Elmhurst District 205!
Since I left college coaching and returned to EC-12 education in 1998, I have consciously pursued a path to become a public school superintendent. Since my grandmother lived in a far southwest suburb of Chicago, which was mostly a cornfield then, I told everybody I knew that I was going to live in Chicago someday.
As coincidence would have it, my first position upon returning to public education was in a far northwest suburb. Until recently, my family stationed ourselves there for a good period of time, and, now, I have a dream job—a once in a lifetime opportunity—I have been invited to come to Elmhurst. Grandma, I made it!
So, what’s next? Well, in large part, you will all tell me. We will have dialogue about what it means to raise the bar and close the achievement gap for all students. We will come to consensus on a plan of attack for how to continue to make District 205 schools a beacon of educational excellence. And, if all goes according to plan, we will become a model district nationally, sharing our successes for all to see and emulate.
If we are truly committed to this ideal, it will not necessarily be easy in this knowledge-driven, rapidly changing, global world. But, boy, will it ever be worth it!
First things first. I have to say thank you for the opportunity to serve. With a community that supports its public schools, and a Board of Education and a team of caring staff that share in a common vision of excellence, the rest will take care of itself. As Bob Dylan sings in When I Paint My Masterpiece, “Someday everything is gonna be smooth like a rhapsody/When I paint my masterpiece.”
Dr. David Moyer, Superintendent
|Average ACT Score (Class of 2011)||24.1||Total Number of Employees||1,209|
|State Average||20.6||Total number of Teachers
(Full Time Equivalents)
|Overall ISAT||83%||Teachers with Advanced Degrees||73.6%|
|State Average||59%||National Board Certified Teachers||20|
|Per Pupil Expenditure||$12,660|
|Total Square Feet of Building Space||1,586,681||Total Students||8,176|
|Total Acres of Property||105.6||White||75.3%|
|District Administration Center||1||Asian||5.5%|
|High Schools||1||Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander||0%|
|Middle Schools||3||American Indian||0%|
|Elementary Schools||8||Two or More Races||2.8%|
|Food Service||Low Income Rate||15.3%|
|Meals Served Annually||353,587||State Average||50%|
|Percentage of Students Eligible for Free/Reduced Meals||13.99%||Limited English Proficient||4.8%|
|State Average||54.87%||High School Drop Out Rate||0.7%|
|Number of 2011 Graduates||619||Regular Education Routes||56|
|High School Graduate Rate||95%||Number of Regular Route Miles||390,462|
|State Average||83%||Special Education Route Miles||414,009|
Taken from 2013 State Report Card