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View a PDF of the “District 58 Points of Pride” flyer, which includes data citations and school contact information.

The mission of District 58, in partnership with parents and community, is to challenge and engage each child by providing quality educational programs and support services in safe, nurturing, and child-centered environments in order to prepare all students to be lifelong learners and contributing members of a global society.

Administrative Service Center
(Central School District Office)

1860 63rd Street
Phone: 630-719-5800

Longfellow Center
(Technology, Maintenance and Curriculum Office)

1435 Prairie Ave.
Phone: 630-719-2768

Superintendent of Schools: Kevin Russell, Ed.D.
Assistant Superintendent for Personnel: Jayne Yudzentis, Ed.D.
Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction: Justin Sisul
Assistant Superintendent for Business: Todd Drafall, CSBO
Assistant Superintendent for Special Services: Jessica Stewart
Assistant Superintendent for Technology & Learning: James Eichmiller, Ed.D.
Manager of Business Services: Katie Hannigan
Coordinator of Community Relations: Megan Hewitt
Coordinator of Grove Children’s Preschool: Jackelyn Cadard
Director of Buildings and Grounds: Kevin Barto

District History
According to board minutes, District 2 became District 58 on April 19, 1902; a separate high school district, District 99, was formed in 1923. District 58’s “newest” schools, Belle Aire and El Sierra, were constructed and opened in 1969. District 58 serves approximately 5,000 preschool through eighth grade students from Downers Grove and portions of Darien, Lisle, Lombard, Oak Brook, Westmont and Woodridge in its 11 elementary and two middle schools.

Teachers and staff
Approximately 637 full and part-time employees
Pupil-to-teacher ratio: 21 to 1 (source: Illinois Report Card)
Percentage of teachers with master’s degrees and above: 62 percent
Average years teaching experience: 10 years

Finances

2018-2019 annual budget: $68.7 million

Revenue sources:

  • Local: 88.9 percent
  • State: 7.5 percent
  • Federal: 3.6 percent

Facilities

Belle Aire School

Principal: Brent Borchelt

3935 Belle Aire Lane  

Phone: 630-719-5820 

El Sierra School

Principal: Jason Lynde

6835 Fairmount Avenue  

Phone: 630-719-5825  

Fairmount School

Principal: Lisa Niforatos

6036 Blodgett Avenue

Phone: 630-719-5830

 

Henry Puffer School

Principal: Britta Waszak

2220 Haddow Avenue

Phone: 630-968-0294 

Herrick Middle School

Principal: Amy Read

4435 Middaugh Avenue 

Phone: 630-719-5810

Highland School

Principal: Zachary Craft

3935 Highland Avenue

Phone: 630-719-5835

 

Hillcrest School

Principal: Michelle Rzpeka

1435 Jefferson Avenue

Phone: 630-719-5840

Indian Trail School

Principal: Robin Bruebach

6235 Stonewall Avenue

Phone: 630-719-5845

Kingsley School

Principal: Melissa Sawisch 

6509 Powell Street

Phone: 630-719-5850

 

Lester School

Principal: Carin Novak

236 Indianapolis Avenue

Phone: 630-719-5855

O’Neill Middle School

Principal: Matt Durbala

635 59th Street 

Phone: 630-719-5815

Pierce Downer School

Principal: Christine Collins

1436 Grant Street

Phone: 630-719 -5860

 

Whittier School

Principal: Michael Krugman

536 Hill Street

Phone: 630-719-5865

 

 

*District 58’s Grove Children’s Preschool program is housed at Indian Trail and Henry Puffer. For more information, including an informational video, visit the Grove Children’s Preschool link at www.dg58.org/preschool.

Board of Education

District 58 is governed by a board of seven members elected by the community to serve four-year terms. The board is responsible for adopting and monitoring the school district budget; developing and approving district policies; and hiring the district superintendent. The public is encouraged to attend board meetings, which are typically held at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of each month at the Downers Grove Village Hall, 801 Burlington Ave. Board meetings, agendas, minutes and Board Briefs of past meetings are available at www.dg58.org.

Vision Statement

We Envision   a school district that inspires children, sparks creative and innovative thinking, celebrates diversity, and builds visionaries.

We Seek   an education that excites minds, touches spirits, challenges abilities, and prepares our children for life.  

We Believe   every child should be expected to grow, stretch, evolve and embrace the challenges of the future in a global environment.