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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 ewalsh@elmhurst205.org

Superintendent of Schools

Message from the Superintendent

11/27/17


Happy Holidays to All!

I hope all of you had a terrific Thanksgiving and enjoy this holiday season.  In my last update before the new year, I will focus two important topics—An update on Focus 205 and the potential devastating impact of a property tax freeze on the District.

Focus 205—Phase II

Phase II of Focus 205 is kicking into high gear.  At the November 14 Board meeting, our communications consultants presented the results of a scientific telephone poll of 301 District 205 residents, which has a margin of error of +/- 5.7 percentage points. There were many interesting findings.  I will briefly share a couple of highlights.  Eight-five percent of respondents are very satisfied or satisfied with the quality of education children receive in D205--50% were very satisfied. Our consultants shared that this is unusually high, and we should all feel good about that. Seventy-seven percent indicated that creating more STEM opportunities for students should be a priority.  This is consistent with findings from the community engagement sessions and Thought Exchange survey results that were part of Phase I of Focus 205.  Eighty-one percent of respondents strongly or somewhat strongly support the district offering all-day kindergarten.  Sixty-nine percent would prefer that all-day kindergarten should be housed at neighborhood schools, and 66% stated that they would support boundary changes in an effort to house all-day kindergarten at neighborhood schools if no current students were affected by potential changes.

Architects will present preliminary schematic designs the could be part of a future facilities project to the Board in January.  The construction manager and bonding agency have been working on costing out various options, and that information will also be presented in January.  Subcommittees have been meeting to study the intricacies of these potential projects, including the possible additional of all-day kindergarten to the instructional program.

There will be multiple opportunities for the community to provide input and feedback on these ideas over the next several months once they are presented to the Board.

Property Tax Freeze


Though the Illinois State Senate did not bring the property tax freeze legislation to the floor for a vote in the lame duck session, this legislation will be revisited in January.  If a two-year property tax change were to become a reality, the district would lose access to $1,039,830M in the first year and $3,171,266M in the second year of a freeze.  What does this mean in translation?  The annual athletic budget is $1,462,000M adjusted for student fees and revenue.  The first-year impact alone roughly equates to 13 full-time equivalent teachers.  If 13 teachers were removed from the elementary level staffing, average class sizes would rise to 24.2, from 22.3.  Thirteen teachers at the high school is the equivalent of 65 year-long or 130 semester elective courses.


According to Dr. Brent Clark, Executive Director of the Illinois Association of School Administrators, the statewide impact in year one would be a net reduction of $450M, which means that taking into account the $350M additional allocation by the state in this year's budget, schools would still be out $100M.  Howie Crouse, Sr., of Forecast5 Analytics, ran numbers for the six collar counties, not including the Chicago public schools, and found that the two-year impact in the area would be a net loss of access to revenue of $600M, saving the owner of a $750K home $750 over those two years.


I think it goes without saying that this is serious and extremely problematic for D205, especially in light of the fact that Elmhurst will not see any new money from the Evidence-Based Funding Model in the foreseeable future and the impact that the elimination of the SALT deduction in the new federal tax proposal will have on local taxing bodies.  For those who have not been following, taxpayers can currently write state and local taxes off of their Federal taxes.  The new federal tax proposal eliminates this.  Should this become law, taxpayers will be less inclined to support schools and other local entities when their overall tax burden rises.

 

You can follow my blog at www.SuperChat205.blogspot.com for the latest on D205.

 

Updated, November 27, 2017

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Dr. David Moyer is beginning his third year as the superintendent for Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205, and his eighth year as a superintendent. He was named an Illinois Superintendent of Distinction in April 2015. The Board of Education recently extended his contract through the 2019-20 school year. Read more...

Dr. David Moyer

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Moyer, Dr. David
Superintendent of Schools dmoyer@elmhurst205.org
Walsh, Ellen
Executive Assistant to the Superintendent ewalsh@elmhurst205.org

Cabinet

Cohen, Ed.D., Mark
Assistant Superintendent of Innovation and Growth
Henderson, Ed.D., Mary
Assistant Superintendent for Learning and Leadership Development
Kosteck, Ed.D., Kathleen
Assistant Superintendent for Student Services
Lemke, Mariann
Executive Director of Research and Program Analysis mlemke@elmhurst205.org
Smith, David
Executive Director of Technology, davidsmith@elmhurst205.org
Smith, Melea
Executive Director of Communications/Public Relations
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.