Mundelein Elementary School District 75
Mundelein Elementary School District 75 is an elementary school district based entirely in the western Lake County village of Mundelein, Illinois. The district educates students in its region of suburban Chicago. Mundelein Elementary School District 75 is composed of three schools: one early learning center, one elementary school, and one is a middle school. All schools are located in the village of Mundelein. Students in the district attend Washington Elementary School, which serves prekindergarteners, kindergarteners, first graders, and second graders under principal Mary Beth Licke. Students then proceed to Mechanics Grove Elementary School, which serves grades three through five. The principal of the school is, respectively, Dr. Kathleen Miller (former principal of Lincoln Elementary School). Mechanics Grove then feeds into Carl Sandburg Middle School, which serves grades six through eight under principal Mark Pilut. The district superintendent is Dr. Cynthia Heidorn.
Lincoln Elementary School
Lincoln Elementary School was the first public school to open in the Mundelein area in 1894. Originally, it contained only two classrooms. In 1938, a Gymnasium/cafeteria was added to the school. In the 1950's, an increase in enrollment led to the addition of an entire new floor of classrooms, a library, and a main office.
In 1979, Lincoln School closed due to low enrollment. It was closed until the 1996-1997. The school opened again because of increasing enrollment in the district. At this time, the school added a multi- purpose room. Lincoln School was the first school in the area and the only school in the district to run on an all year round schedule until the end of the 2005-2006 school year.
In the 2002-2003 school year, the kiln in the schools' art room caught on fire. The fire damage was so bad that the entire second floor classes at Lincoln School had to be moved to other places. That year, the second floor hosted the South Family group of classes. The 2 primary classes (first and second grades combined) were moved into the Multi-Purpose Room at Lincoln for the rest of the school year. And the intermediate classes (third, fourth, and fifth grades combined) had their classes at the district office for the rest of the year. By the beginning of the 2003-2004 school year, the entire floor was remodeled with new lockers, carpet, flooring, desks, and other items in time for the school year. And all of the classes who were moved because of the fire went back to their normal classrooms.
The school hosted grade K-5 until the 2006-2007 school year. In the 2006-2007 school year many changes occurred. The school had no more all year round schedule, and the grades Kindergarten, and first moved to Washington School.
Then on February 16, 2011, school district 75 announced that it would close Lincoln School once again. The district had declining enrollment, and a huge budget deficit. The last year the school operated was the 2010-2011 school year. The students in 3-5 along with the teachers moved to Mechanics Grove School. The 2nd graders and teachers moved to Washington School for the 2011-2012 school year.
Mechanics Grove Elementary School
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- "Contact Us". Mundelein Elementary School District 75. 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-30.