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Benjamin School District 25


Message From The Superintendent

“You’ve got to be careful if you don’t know where you’re going, you might not get there.”

                                                                        ~ Yogi Berra, New York

    Yankee baseball player and manager



Dear Friends,



Onward and Upward

I am grateful to have served the Benjamin District 25 school board, students, staff, parents, and community for the past 12 years.  Our schools focus on constant and incremental improvement in teaching and learning each and every day.  This focus along with a close-knit and professional culture have enabled the district to be recognized at the local, state, and national levels.


Our school district has continually improved in the areas of student achievement, hiring and retaining talented staff, safety and security, technology integration, fiscal stewardship, and facility upgrades.  These accomplishments have been realized by a widespread collective effort based on doing what is in the best interest of our students. 


Thank you for your ongoing support as we prepare our students to achieve at the highest level and build character in order for them to be successful throughout their lives.  I will cherish my relationships with each of you as well as the relationships we have realized though our collaborative efforts. I have been honored and privileged to serve the school district and community! 


I am confident the new superintendent, Dr. Jim Woell, will continue our quest for Benjamin School District 25 to be an outstanding district.  His values and beliefs closely align with Benjamin School District 25 which will enable him to be a great leader!


New Business Manger

Dr. Shelley Clark has established a strong financial foundation for our school district over the last eight years.   She has worked part-time since she retired from Winnetka School District 36, and she worked in the same capacity previously in Gurnee School District 56 and Mundelein District 75.  In addition, she has been an adjunct professor at Loyola University, Northern Illinois University, and Concordia University.  Dr. Clark served as president of the Illinois Association of School Business Officials, too.  We wish her well as she fully retires and enters into a new chapter of her life.

Cheryl Witham has been named as the new business manager, effective July 1, 2019.  Her previous experience includes working in Glen Ellyn School District 41, New Trier Township High School District 203, Oak Park and River Forest High School District 200, and Minnetonka Public Schools in Minnesota.  She is looking forward to building upon the strong financial status of the school district.


Strong Schools, Strong Community, Strong Future

Benjamin School District 25 and the community will continue to work together to prepare our students for a rapid-changing future.  Education is the foundation to a bright future. 


Feel free to provide your insights and feedback regarding our schools by using the communication connections listed on the back page of the newsletter.





Philip M. Ehrhardt, Ed.D.


Dr. Philip Ehrhardt, Ed.D.

Superintendent, FOIA Officer
Benjamin School District 25
(630) 876-7800
Administration Center Staff
Abruscato, Lora
District Support Staff - Accounting/Payroll

Clark, Dr. Shelley
Business Manager

Laabs, Cheryl
District Support Staff - Secretary

LeBlanc, Debra
Special Education/Intervention Consultant

Martin, Greg
Tech Info Coordinator

Olson, Karen
District Support Staff - Administrative Assistant/Board Recorder, FOIA Officer
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