About District 181

Our Vision

To be a community school district where students develop the skills they need to change the world and the confidence they need to do it.

Our Mission

To provide a premier educational experience that teaches students to be critical thinkers and enables them to achieve their full potential – academically, socially, and emotionally.

Our Guiding Principles

We value academic excellence and believe it is best achieved through:

  • Curriculum: Research-based, results-oriented educational programs reflective of community expectations.
  • Critical Thinking: Fuels academic success and the development of 21st century skills.
  • Creativity: Recognizes the whole child and fosters personal achievement in the arts, athletics and extracurricular activities.
  • Competition: As a healthy measure of preparedness and self-motivation.
  • Courage: Doing the right thing guides behavior and builds confidence.
  • Curiosity: Life-long learners are curious about the world around them.
  • Community: Parental and community involvement results in better outcomes; responsible and equitable resource management strengthens our schools and community; and good citizenship is modeled through service to others.
  • Collaboration and Communication: Open, transparent and respectful dialogue with and among stakeholders about decisions and the decision making process reinforces trust and improves outcomes.
  • Continuous Improvement: Setting high standards allows students and staff to meet their full potential and excel.
  • Consistency: In personal performance as well as offerings between schools and within schools, an integral element to success at all levels.

Our Strategic Plan

Please click here to view the District 181 Strategic Plan, approved by the Board of Education in February 2016.

Our Contact Information



District 181 offers a comprehensive K-8 curriculum for language arts, mathematics, science, social science, physical education, health, art, music, foreign language, and social emotional learning. The middle school program features grade-level teams, elective and exploratory offerings, and extra-curricular activities. Test results, both state and nationally standardized, indicate that District 181 students are performing at exceptionally high levels.

Please visit the "Learning" section of our website for further information.


District Administration:

  • Dr. Don White, Superintendent
  • Ken Surma, Assistant Superintendent of Business and Operations
  • John Munch, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources
  • Dr. Christina Sepiol, Assistant Superintendent of Learning (Pupil Services)
  • Kelley Gallt, Assistant Superintendent of Learning (Curriculum and Instruction)
  • Terri Hanrahan, Director of Learning (C&I)
  • Dr. Carol Larson, Director of Assessment and Program Effectiveness
  • Bridget McGuiggan, Director of Communications
  • Kate Ambrosini, Assistant Business Manager
  • Michael Duggan, Facilities Coordinator
Please visit the "Departments" section of our website for further information. Click here to view our Organizational Chart.

Board of Education

Board of Education

The District is governed by a seven-member Board of Education elected to four-year terms, as noted below.

  • Mridu Garg, President - 2017
  • Richard Giltner, Vice President - 2019
  • Gary Clarin, Secretary - 2017
  • Jennifer Burns, Member - 2019
  • Leslie Gray, Member - 2019
  • Marty Turek, Member - 2019
  • Jill Vorobiev, Member - 2017
Please visit the "Board of Education" section of our website for further information.

Community & Stats


District 181 serves Hinsdale, parts of Clarendon Hills, Oak Brook, Burr Ridge, and Willowbrook, and is located 20 miles southwest of Chicago.

Total Enrollment

3,914 Students

Attendance Area High School

Hinsdale Central High School

Attendance Rate


Percent of Students Qualifying as Low Income


Student Ethnicities

White 77.6%; Asian 11.1%; Hispanic 6.3%; Multi-Racial 4%; Black 1%; American Indian 0.1%

Percent of Students with Limited English Proficiency


Percent of Students with an Individualized Educational Program (IEP)


Elementary Student-Teacher Ratio


Total Certified Staff (Full-Time Equivalent)


Staff with Master’s Degree or Higher


Average Teaching Experience

14.5 years

Average Teacher Salary


Average Administrator Salary


Operating Cost Per Student


Instructional Cost Per Student $9,461

Total Budget

$71 million

Standard & Poor’s Bond Rating


Source: 2016 Illinois District Report Card

Profile / Annual Report

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