Board of Education

Elmwood Park Community Unit School District 401 is governed by a seven-member elected Board of Education. The current members of the District 401 Board of Education are:

► Mr. Frank J. Parisi | President
► Mr. Michael V. Scheidt | Vice President
► Mrs. Sue Capraro | Secretary
► Mrs. Mary Bruscato
► Mr. Timothy P. Loughnane
► Mr. Jonathan M. Rivera
► Mr. Peter A. Volpe

All Board-approved policies are contained in the District Policy Manual, which is available online in a fully searchable format.

Next Meeting | Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Regular Board Meeting, 7 p.m., Auditorium, Elmwood Park High School:

► Notice | PDF
► Agenda | BoardDocs
► Agenda | PDF

For links to all required public information related to the Board's complete schedule of 2019-20 meetings, please visit our 2019-20 Notices, Agendas, Minutes page.

To Learn More About the Board

For more information about the responsibilities, procedures and operations of the D401 Board of Education, please see the sections below.

To communicate with the entire Board, please use this email link:


Individuals may also submit questions or communications for the Board's consideration to Superintendent of Schools Dr. Nicolas Wade. He can be reached by email at this address.

The Board's powers and duties include the authority to adopt, enforce and monitor all policies for the management and governance of District 401's schools.

A more detailed listing of Board powers and duties can be found in Section 2:20 of the District Policy Manual.

Official action by the Board may only occur at a duly called and legally conducted meeting at which a quorum is physically present. See Section 

As stated in the Board member oath of office prescribed by the Illinois School Code, a Board member has no legal authority as an individual.

The District 401 Board of Education meets regularly once a month during the school year from August to June.

Regular meetings typically occur on the third Wednesday of each month. Unless otherwise noted, the public portion of each regular meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of Elmwood Park High School. (Prior to 2019-20, open sessions of the regular meetings usually took place in the LGI Room of the high school.) Executive sessions begin at 6 p.m. in Room 192 at EPHS and are closed to the public.

Meetings of the Board's Committee of the Whole (COW) start at 7 p.m. and are held in Room 192 at Elmwood Park High School. Unless otherwise noted, COW meetings take place on the first Wednesday of each month from August to June. (Prior to 2019-20, COW meetings usually began at 6:30 p.m.)

Meeting notices, agendas and minutes are publicized as required by Illinois law and District 401 policy. Please note that a COW meeting may sometimes be changed to a "Special Board Meeting." In addition, committee meetings such as Buildings & Grounds may also be scheduled as needed.

The District 401 Board of Education is scheduled to hold the following regular meetings during the 2019-20 school year:

Wednesday, August 21, 2019
► Wednesday, September 18, 2019
► Wednesday, October 16, 2019
► Wednesday, November 20, 2019
► Wednesday, December 18, 2019
► Wednesday, January 15, 2020 *
► Wednesday, February 19, 2020 *
► Wednesday, March 18, 2020
► Wednesday, April 15, 2020 
► Wednesday, May 20, 2020
► Wednesday, June 17, 2020

* Open session will be held in the LGI Room instead of the auditorium.

Unless otherwise noted, open sessions of regular meetings start at 7 p.m. and are held in the auditorium of Elmwood Park High School. Executive sessions begin at 6 p.m. in Room 192 at EPHS and are closed to the public.

The District 401 Board of Education's Committee of the Whole (COW) is scheduled to hold the following meetings during the 2019-20 school year:

Wednesday, August 7, 2019
► Wednesday, September 4, 2019
► Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Wednesday, November 6, 2019
► Wednesday, December 4, 2019
► Wednesday, February 5, 2020
► Wednesday, March 4, 2020
► Wednesday, April 1, 2020
► Wednesday, May 6, 2020
► Wednesday, June 3, 2020 

COW meetings start at 7 p.m. and are held in Room 192 at Elmwood Park High School.

To learn more about the District 401 Board of Education, including its procedures, policies and long-range plans, we invite you to visit the pages listed below.

► Board Meetings

2018-19 Notices, Agendas, Minutes

2019-20 Notices, Agendas, Minutes

► Board Meeting Archives

► Board Meeting Procedures

► Public Participation

► Types of Board Meetings

► Board Members

► BoardDocs

► Calendar

► Contact Information

► District Policies

► District Policy Manual

► User Guide for District Policy Manual

► District Policies for Student Handbooks

► Elections to the Board

► Required Training