• Dear Lincolnwood School District 74 Learning Community:


    It is my pleasure to welcome you to the 2022-2023 school year! I am honored and extremely excited to become the next Superintendent of Lincolnwood School District 74. As the Assistant Superintendent for the previous five years, I have seen first hand the incredible support the community has for our schools. Our students are constantly rising to meet new challenges and achieve a high level of success whether that be in the classroom, in the arts or on the fields of play. 


    I became an educator over 20 years ago because I love everything about the positive energy of the classroom - the enthusiasm for a topic, the expression of joy when the light of understanding goes off, the unbridled pride experienced when one overcomes a learning roadblock. As educators, we have the unique opportunity to positively influence the lives of students. Our dedicated, professional, caring teachers and staff are focused on building relationships and creating learning experiences designed to help students flourish and reach their unlimited potential. The first goal of the District’s Strategic Plan is to develop curriculum and extracurricular activities to personalize student learning, advance rigor, and promote creativity. Through a regular cycle of review, we are committed to building upon current practices to ensure that all students have opportunities to explore topics which compliment their interests, and excite their individual passions.


    The teachers, administrators and I value the trust that you place in us educating your children and, in the coming months, we look to create collaborative partnerships that will enhance the classroom experience. Throughout the year, there are many school-based experiences that bring families into the learning experience and many others designed to bring families and staff together to create strong communities. Through our Parent Group all parents and guardians are welcome to participate in the planning and/or implementation of any, or all, of the activities on our calendar. Requests for volunteers will typically be advertised in our Tuesday Newsday newsletter. 


    Students, remember there are boundless opportunities this school year to discover unexplored skills, develop new friendships, persevere through challenges, and uncover hidden talents. The resilience you have shown in the past years reminds us all that you are the reason we do what we do, and we are committed to providing academic and extracurricular experiences that will enhance later portions of your education.


    Over this next school year, we look forward to the amazing learning and academic growth that our students will achieve. We are here to partner with you to provide a productive and safe learning environment that inspires and supports them in that goal.  

    In educational partnership,

    Dr. David L. Russo, Ed.D
    Superintendent of Schools

  • Russo

    Dr. David L. Russo
    Superintendent of Schools
    Phone: 847-675-8234
    Email: drusso@sd74.org
    Degrees and Certifications:
    Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Master of Science in Educational Administration, Southern Illinois University
    Doctor of Education - Educational Leadership, National Louis University




    Renee Tolnai
    Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent & Assistant Superintendent
    Phone: 847-675-8234
    Email: rtolnai@sd74.org