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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


Dear Elmhurst D205 School Community,

On November 6, the community approved a $168.5M referendum to build two new schools, improve safety and security across the District, provide the space for all-day kindergarten, add future ready learning spaces at all school sites, and meet many other existing maintenance and infrastructure needs at all of its campuses.

Thank you for valuing education. Thank you for the commitment you have demonstrated for current and future generations of learners. Thank you for allowing our students and employees to learn together in safe environments. Thank you for ensuring that our amazing education professionals are able to do the work to support our vision of all students graduating college, career and life ready. Thank you for doing your part to help D205 secure a place as a National Leader in Future Ready Learning.

Election Day was the culmination of years of tireless work by hundreds of people, beginning with Focus 205, which started in the spring of 2015. Over the past four years, there have been large group meetings, focus group meetings, meetings at every school site, community forums, coffees, special engagements, two quantitative phone surveys, an online interactive survey, an all-day kindergarten study, and an educational alignment study. All of this helped inform the administration and Board as to the District’s needs and community priorities and likewise provided information to help the community make an informed decision.

There are too many people to thank, and yet I cannot bring this to a close without extending my deepest gratitude to some amazing individuals. Board President Kara Caforio co-chaired the Focus 205 Facilitating Team with John Morrissey.  The referendum’s passage simply would not have happened without her undying commitment and support. Her leadership guided the D205 Board of Education, which had the courage to take the question to the community. The BOE’s commitment to study, at length, D205’s facilities needs, both current and future, was a massive undertaking that will ensure the legacy of our great schools for generations to come.

A special thanks goes to former board member Emily Bastedo, who chaired the Ballot Initiative Committee. She led the “Yes” campaign with an unparalleled vision, skill, drive, and a passion for education. My gratitude extends even further to the BIC team of volunteers, who put their lives aside for three months for this valuable work. You are absolutely amazing!

The business community also rallied to support D205. Two people, Elmhurst Chamber of Commerce and Industry CEO, John Quigley, and Chairman of the Board, Ken Bartels, were instrumental to the cause and encouraged their constituency to formally endorse the referendum. Thank you!

Finally, the endorsements and recommendations from parents, administrators and staff, principals, residents, retired educators, area professionals and advisors, PTA groups, the Elmhurst Teachers’ Council, the D205 Foundation and so many others gave the Master Facility Plan validity.

I look forward to working with the community in the weeks and months to come to bring the Master Facility Plan to reality for our students, who now have a brighter future today, than they did yesterday.

Dr. David Moyer
Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205


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

You can follow the excitement at our individual school sites on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, and you can catch the District action by following us on Facebook or on Twitter at @ElmhurstD205 and our hashtag #IgniteD205. Follow my blog at


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

You can follow the excitement at our individual school sites on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, and you can catch the District action by following us on Facebook or on Twitter at @ElmhurstD205 and our hashtag #IgniteD205.


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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.