Superintendent's Office

Mr. Craig Benes, Superintendent

Dear Itasca District 10 Families,

Welcome back!  The 2018-2019 school year features many new changes to support student safety and learning.  Our goal in Itasca District 10 is to lead students to be actively engaged in learning and life.  This happens by fostering an environment that nurtures curious learners who can work collaboratively and creatively to solve problems.
Please note the following updates to help our students:
1. To assure for safety, each school has an external camera and doorbell.  Please ring the bell for outer door entry. Additionally, please walk-in all late student arrivals to the main office for Benson Primary and Franzen Intermediate Schools.

2. Please note that we have contracted with a new architect, DLA, who has started a master facilities study.  DLA is located in Itasca and is a nationally top school architecture firm. They will also work with us and the Itasca Police Department to perform a comprehensive school student safety evaluation.  This will help us maintain and assure for a safe learning environment for our students.

3. We are continuing to update our core curriculums.  Grades K-8 will continue to implement new science programs and 8th grade will pilot a geometry course in anticipation of offering algebra at the seventh grade level.

4. Chromebooks will be utilized 1:1 for students in grades 3rd-8th.  Benson students will pilot different technology devices this fall in anticipation of expanding technology usage later this year.

5. Some classrooms in grades kindergarten through fifth will pilot new math programs in preparation for a math program renewal for Benson and Franzen.

6. Right at School will offer after school care both before and after school.  If you are interested you may enroll at
There is much more to share and I look forward to doing so in the near future.  To do so, I would like to pilot a new Town Hall Meeting structure for parents at the school level where we may focus in on these topics and others.  The meeting will allow for more questions and answers regarding Itasca 10 District goals. Please be reminded that school starts Thursday, August 23rd this year.  Thursday's continue to be restructured with an earlier dismissal to support teacher professional learning. Bus letters have gone out. Please call your school or the district office if you have additional questions. Routes generally run slower the first few weeks with the addition of new students. Finally, please be reminded that all students must be full time residents of Itasca to be enrolled in Itasca 10 schools. Investigative services will be randomly used to confirm residency for all new students and returning students. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call me at 630-773-1232 or email at I will also be visiting at the schools for entry and dismissal several times in the next few weeks. Please feel free to speak with me if you have a question or concern. I look forward to a wonderful year where our students are safe and have fun learning in a special way.


 Craig Benes

 Craig Benes

Superintendent, Itasca School District 10