Elmwood & John Mills Construction


In March 2020, Elmwood Park voters approved a $55 million bond issue to renovate and add to Elmwood Elementary School and John Mills Elementary School.

The projects are being handled by DLA Architects, Ltd., and International Contractors, Inc., the same two firms responsible for the renovation and expansion of Elm Middle School as well as the award-winning science wing at Elmwood Park High School. DLA and ICI also worked together on the previous expansion and remodeling of the south end of Elmwood Elementary.

"It is beyond exciting that we are about to start the construction process to provide an updated learning environment for our community," said Dr. Leah Gauthier, Superintendent of Schools. "We know our students will be able to grow and thrive in these spaces for years to come."


Unveiling the Plans


Dr. Gauthier points out changes planned for John Mills School

PHOTO: Dr. Leah Gauthier, District 401 Superintendent of Schools, points out some of the changes planned for John Mills during an update session at the school on Nov. 1, 2021. A similar session took place at Elmwood School on Oct. 27, 2021. (D401 photo by Dave Porreca)


In the months since the 2020 bond referendum passed, the elementary school addition and renovation projects have been in the planning stage.

Designs and floor plans for each school have been prepared, and they were displayed respectively to the Elmwood Park community in two public sessions: Oct. 27, 2021, at Elmwood School and Nov. 1, 2021, at John Mills School.

"The District is very excited to begin the addition and renovation projects at our two elementary schools," said Mr. James Jennings, Assistant Superintendent for Business, Finance & Operations.

"In 2019 the District presented several options to the community and asked for input from all stakeholders," he continued. "The results from the feedback was to replace the current plumbing, electrical and other life safety items, update the interior throughout the current building and to put an addition on both elementary schools."

With the planning stage completed, the District is looking forward to construction beginning in April 2022, with the conclusion of the projects scheduled for August 2024.

For a more detailed look at the projects, scroll down this page for update videos and floor plans, or use these links for quick access:

Additional updates will be posted periodically in this section of the District 401 website throughout the duration of the projects.


Elmwood Project Update Video



John Mills Project Update Video



Elmwood Project Floor Plans


EW plans


EW floor plans


John Mills Project Floor Plans


JM floor plans


JM floor plans


JM floor plans