D97 administrator named Elmwood Park superintendent

Anderson was looking after his D97 job was eliminated


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By Terry Dean

Staff reporter

An administrator from Oak Park's elementary school district has been named superintendent for the school district in nearby Elmwood Park, the Oak Park district announced Monday.

Kevin Anderson has been hired as superintendent of Unit School District 401 in Elmwood Park. He's currently assistant superintendent for teaching and learning in Oak Park's District 97 elementary school district, although that position is being eliminated after the current school year.

The District 401 school board hired Anderson March 20. He'll officially start in Elmwood Park on July 5. The neighboring suburb has a population of some 25,000 residents, according to the 2000 Census. Dist. 401 is a K-12 district serving about 2,800 students, with a majority white student body, according to its 2010 Illinois School Report card.

Speaking with Wednesday Journal on Monday, Anderson said it was time to move on, noting that his position in Dist. 97 had been reclassified to curriculum coordinator for the next school year. He previously served in a Kenosha, Wis. school district as a curriculum assistant superintendent. Anderson said the Elmwood Park job just "seemed like a really good match" for him.

"I had been looking this year, and with the referendum and changes taking place in [District 97], I thought is was a good time to look elsewhere," he said.

Anderson applied for the Elmwood Park position in early January and interviewed for the job in March. Anderson started with Dist. 97 in 2005, hired a couple of months after then-Supt. Constance Collins. He has applied for other superintendent jobs in the last three years, including last year in Dist. 97 after Collins was hired for a similar job in a school district in Round Lake.

Dist. 97 released a statement late Monday congratulating Anderson on his appointment.

"Dr. Anderson is an outstanding educator whose leadership in the areas of curriculum, staff development and the integration of technology in the classroom contributed to the academic excellence that is the hallmark of our schools. We thank him for his dedicated service on behalf of the Oak Park community."

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OP Resident from Oak Park  

Posted: April 29th, 2011 5:55 PM

@EP Resident: The decision not to promote Dr. Anderson to superintendent last year was an example of bad judgement. Our loss is your gain.

D97 Educator from Oak Park  

Posted: April 29th, 2011 5:39 PM

Congratulations Dr. Anderson. We will miss truly miss your wisdom, expertise and dedication to educating our students. Thank you for doing an outstanding job in D97.


Posted: April 27th, 2011 10:15 AM

Congrats Dr. Anderson and you'll still close to Oak Park.

Janet Barnstable from Addison  

Posted: April 27th, 2011 10:09 AM

Dr. Anderson is a future thinking, well educated, personable administrator. EP District 401 is fortunate to have him.

D97 Teacher  

Posted: April 26th, 2011 10:08 AM

@j.oak.park - So you think that working in D97 for the past 6 years might have aged Dr. Anderson? They used Dr. Collins same old picture in the Journal for years, too. They must have a limited picture file!

Carollina Song from Oak Park  

Posted: April 26th, 2011 8:15 AM

Congratulations to Dr. Anderson on the new position!

j.oak park  

Posted: April 26th, 2011 7:57 AM

couldn't the wednesday journal get a more recent picture of mr. anderson? like maybe one in the d97 admin office rather than one from his 1970's era used car salesman business card? OPRF, now that is sarcasm! people an tell i am joking...punch yours up in a re-write and repost, please.

EP Resident  

Posted: April 26th, 2011 7:35 AM

If Anderson is so outstanding, why wasn't he promoted to superintendent at District 97 last year?


Posted: April 25th, 2011 10:22 PM

Well Done Dr. Anderson - Elmwoood Park has gained a great leader.

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