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.
School district office
1860 63rd Street
Superintendent of Schools: Kari Cremascoli, Ph. D.
Assistant Superintendent for Personnel & Staff Development: Jayne Yudzentis, Ed.D.
Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction: Matt Rich, Ed.D.
Controller: James Popernik, Ed.D.
Assistant Superintendent for Special Services: Terrence Martin
Director of Business Services: Lorie Pilster
Director of Technology: Scott Meech
Coordinator of Grove Children's Preschool: Kacey Lazzarotto
Director of Buildings and Grounds: Rick Bubula
Coordinator of Communications: Jennifer Waldorf
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, Oak Brook, Westmont and Woodridge in its 11 elementary and two middle schools.
Teachers and staff
Approximately 642 full and part-time employees
Pupil-to-teacher ratio: 23 to 1
Percentage of teachers with master’s degrees and above: 67
Average years teaching experience: 10 years
2011-2012 annual budget: $58.3 million
Budgeted revenues for 2011-2012: $56.6 million
|Belle Aire School|
Principal: Mike Mitchinson
3935 Belle Aire Lane
|El Sierra School|
Principal: Lucille Carney
6835 Fairmount Avenue
Principal: Anthony Coglianese
6036 Blodgett Avenue
|Henry Puffer School|
Principal: Todd McDaniel
2220 Haddow Avenue
|Herrick Middle School|
Principal: Jason Lynde
4435 Middaugh Avenue
Principal: Judy Kmak
3935 Highland Avenue
Principal: Paula Thomas
1435 Jefferson Avenue
|Indian Trail School|
Principal: Robin Bruebach
6235 Stonewall Avenue
Principal: Charles Purdom, Jr.
6509 Powell Street
Principal: Carin Novak
236 Indianapolis Avenue
|O’Neill Middle School|
Principal: Matt Durbala
635 59th Street
|Pierce Downer School|
Principal: Justin Sisul
1436 Grant Street
Phone: 630-719 -5860
Principal: Michael Krugman
536 Hill Street
*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.
District 58 is governed by a School 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 Longfellow Center, 1435 Prairie Avenue. Meetings in June, July and August are typically held at the Administrative Center, 1860 63rd Street. Board meetings, agendas, minutes and Board Briefs of past meetings are available at www.dg58.org.
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.