By Dr. Kevin M. Anderson, District 401 Superintendent of Schools
Dear Elmwood Park Community,
Now in my sixth year as Elmwood Park CUSD 401's Superintendent, I am very excited about the progress being made across our five schools.
Our district is made up of about 2,700 students spread among the Early Childhood Center, John Mills Elementary School, Elmwood Elementary School, Elm Middle School and Elmwood Park High School. These 2,700 students represent a wide variety of family backgrounds, adding to the unique mix that is Elmwood Park.
In the past three years, the Board of Education and staff of District 401 have worked diligently to improve the physical appearance and functionality of our schools.
At EPHS, new science labs are in full use in the award-winning building addition, and the interior and exterior of the building have been undergoing a complete change, with new windows, doors and parking areas.
At the other schools, offices and front entrances have been renovated, allowing for safe and secure entries for students, staff and visitors. Elmwood Elementary School has seen the addition of four new classrooms and a beautiful new cafeteria, while John Mills has an updated cafeteria, new front offices and an elevator with access to all three floors. New flooring, ceilings and LED lighting fixtures are evident at several buildings, too.
In addition to facility improvements, D401 has worked to continue the process of academic improvement, too.
The number of Advanced Placement courses and students taking them continues to grow at the high school. At the elementary schools, a new hands-on science curriculum called STEMscopes has been initiated this fall.
And recently the Board of Education approved the new Instructional Technology Plan, involving a strong focus on professional development around Google tools in the classroom. This plan also calls for increased numbers of technology devices for the students across the grades over the next four years. This will enable District 401 to move toward more electronic resources and textbooks, especially in grades 7-12.
Finally, we are working to create a greater social media presence so that information about the district can be available more quickly to everyone. A new district website is now in operation, and we are working to develop a Twitter feed for immediate dissemination of the great things happening in D401.
Great things are happening here every day. Our outstanding schools belong to our students and our community. All of us working for the district appreciate the opportunity and responsibility to make Elmwood Park CUSD 401 the best experience possible for all our students and families!
Dr. Kevin M. Anderson
Superintendent of Schools