Foreign Language Week
students use solar ovens
fraction frenzy math class
electricity in science
Mrs. Marten Reads

Parental Information

Kindergarten Preview for Incoming 2019-2020 Kindergarteners & Parents:
The Early Learning Center will host a Preview and Preliminary Registration for 2019-2020 incoming students on Monday, March 11, 5:30 to 7:00pm at ELC. Parents will complete preliminary registration information. Children and parents will also tour the building, participate in activities together and have an opportunity to visit the book fair. For more information about this important event, call Deb at ELC (217-540-1460).

Unit #40 Preschool/Kindergarten Screening:
Effingham Unit #40 Preschool/Kindergarten Screenings will be held March 18, 9:00am to 3:00pm, March 19, 20 & 21, 11:30am to 6:00pm and on March 22, 8:00am to Noon. Screenings will be held at First Presbyterian Church at 600 West Temple Avenue in Effingham. To schedule an appointment, call Sharon Chesnut at Central School (217-540-1400) in February. Screenings are highly recommended for all Unit 40 children eligible to attend preschool or kindergarten in Fall 2019.

Position Statment

Regarding Effingham Unit #40 Use of Revenue Generated by Effingham County Sales Tax

It is the goal and intent of Effingham Unit #40 School District to utilize the revenue generated by the Effingham County Sales Tax to improve buildings within our school district while minimizing the cost to property owners.  The school district has the following planned uses for the tax revenue:

  1. Pay existing building bonds and interest that are currently being levied against property tax payers until they are paid in full (2019);
  2. Continue to repair and renovate existing school facilities as needs arise;
  3. Once existing bonds and the interest accrued are paid in full, the district will then utilize this revenue stream to meet the long-term needs of the district, which is to efficiently utilize three buildings to house Unit #40 students;
  4. These funds will be used in accordance with parameters set forth and as authorized by statue.

Our Story

Welcome to Effingham Unit #40.  We are excited to share the story of our students' journey towards academic excellence.  Every day, a team of dedicated teachers, administrators and support staff collaborate with one another in an effort to prepare our students for the global stage.  

Feature Stories

Students in the Spanish classes at EHS recently participated in a mock airport scenario. The students had to use their language skills to navigate their way through the airport.

The world is quickly moving to the age of automation and robotics.  Check out how the story that WEIU produced on EJHS teacher Mrs. Young and other members of the Science Department are working together to prepare our students for the future. 


EHS is opening a new cafe that is run and operated by the students. Listen to a behind the scenes interviews of some of the people who have been working together to help bring this concept to life. 

Check out more episodes of U40TV.

District Dashboard

For your convenience, we put together a District Dashboard that provides our stakeholders with the ability to view how the district uses its resources to ensure student growth is occuring.  [This site is best viewed in Chrome.]

The dashboard provides users with a unique view of how the district's learning environment and financial resources are used to ensure student success. 

Additional information, including the school report card, is available on the district's academic performance page.

In closing, we want to thank the community for its ongoing support and providing us with the ability to create an environment "where the search for excellence" occurs in classrooms across the district on a daily basis. 


District Facebook

Community Support

Mar 11
Mr. Spicer Shares Writing Strategy

Mr. Spicer, at South Side School, taught Mrs. Weidman’s class about the EEICHIE code. It is a tool that helps them describe various words and ideas. They are using it as a multisensory way to add details to their writing.

Student Success Stories

Mar 11
EJHS Students Study the Nervous System

EJHS 6th graders are learning about the human body. In today’s exercise, students tested their nervous system! They had to experiment with different types of stimuli to see which one gave them the fastest response time.

Quick Links

District Calendar

March 25
Board of Education Meeting
6:00 PM
2803 S. Banker St., Effingham
Board of Education Meeting
Mar 25
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
2803 S. Banker St., Effingham
District Calendar
April 5
1/2 Day of School - School Improvement Day - No Lunch Served
7:30 AM
1/2 Day of School - School Improvement Day - No Lunch Served
Apr 5
7:30 AM to 11:45 AM
District Calendar
April 18 - April 19
No School - Spring Break
No School - Spring Break
Apr 18 - Apr 19
District Calendar

Click #Unit 40 Calendar to access a complete listing of all events happening in the district. 

Phone Numbers

  • Board:  217.540.1500
  • High School: 217.540.1100
  • Junior High:  217.540.1300
  • Central:  217.540.1400
  • South:  217.540.1530
  • ELC:  217.540.1460

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