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IPPC History

Indian Prairie School District 204 was formed in August 1972 when the residents of Wheatland Elementary District 40, Indian Plains Elementary District 182, and Granger Elementary District 90 voted 359 to 44 to merge into a single, unit district. The district educated its kindergarten-eighth graders in its four original schools: Wheatland, Indian Plains, the original Granger, and Longwood.  High school students attended what are now as Naperville Central and North until the completion of Waubonsie Valley High School in 1975.  Waubonsie also accommodated students in grades seven and eight until Thayer J. Hill Jr. High opened in 1981.

 

Since the inception of the Indian Prairie School District, school building principals and administrators have encouraged active participation by parents. Parents formed Home & School Associations to organize volunteers and raise money for extra school programming and amenities.  Superintendents met regularly with the Home & School Association Presidents to get feedback and listen to their concerns. An early favorite meeting place was the IHOP restaurant at Rt. 59 and 75th Street.

 

In 1987, an elementary student was seriously injured at a Home & School event. Superintendent Thomas Scullen, in consultation with parent leaders, decided to discontinue Home & School Associations in favor of the National Parent Teacher Association. PTA affiliation would require bonding and insurance. All existing elementary and middle school units converted to PTAs, except Waubonsie. The high school kept its Home & School Association until Neuqua Valley High School opened in 1997. Waubonsie parents then elected to convert to a PTA.

 

District 204 PTAs were placed in Illinois PTA District 32 that encompasses most of Dupage County. In 1989, the PTAs formed a PTA Council, now known as the Indian Prairie Parents’ Council (IPPC).  Each unit sent its president to meet monthly with the superintendent and other key administrators. The council’s monthly meeting location rotated between the schools until the Crouse Education Center (CEC) administration building opened in 1998. IPPC then was given a consistent meeting site in the upstairs boardroom. 

 

In the 1990's, District 204 was one of the fastest growing in the United States. The district built 14 buildings to accommodate a student population that would triple from less than 7,000 in 1990 to over 21,000 by 2000. Another three buildings were opened from 2001-2002, and an additional elementary school opened in 2007. A third high school and seventh middle school opened in 2009. Currently, the district operates 34 buildings and leases additional building space.  There are 31 schools and over 29,000 students.


As the district’s population exploded in the 1990's, the size of IPPC grew as new schools opened. By 1995, when Gail McKinzie became superintendent, IPPC consisted of the PTA president and a parent representative from each school.  Larger meetings meant a diminished opportunity for the superintendent to know each president. Dr. McKinzie, in collaboration with the council leaders, instituted Presidents’ meetings to discuss district issues and unit concerns.

 

Today, IPPC consists of the PTA president and parent representative from each school and Indian Prairie Special Needs PTA, for a total of 34 local units. Indian Plains alternative high school does not have a separate local unit; parents join their student's home high school PTA. IPPC is led by an at-large elected executive committee consisting of a president, two vice presidents, treasurer and secretary.  IPPC and local units subscribe to the National PTA mission. Members work on behalf of children and youth in matters pertaining to their education, health and welfare.

 

IPPC Past Presidents

Patty Scholle        

1989 – 1990

Sue Hulsey           

1990 – 1992

Susan Burks         

1992 – 1993

Karen Roberts     

1993 – 1995

Pam Seubold        

1995 – 1997

Joycelyn Hafstad

1997 – 1998

Leeann Skinner    

1998 – 1999

Mary Anne Castro

1999 – 2001

Nikki Sangdahl    

2001 – 2002

Margie Sillery      

2002 – 2004

Anne Mathews   

2004 – 2006

Jean Donovan     

2006 – 2008

Robin Church

2008 – 2009

Jennifer Streder

2009 – 2010

Dina Z. Lohman

current
 

 

District 204 Superintendents

Thayer J. Hill        

1972 – 1975

Clifford Crone      

1975 – 1986

Thomas Scullen   

1986 – 1995

Gail McKinzie     

1995 – 2004

Howard Crouse   

2004 – 2007

Stephen Daeschner

2007 – 2009

Kathryn Birkett

2009 – current

 

PreK/Elem Schools     City                  Year Opened

Prairie Children PreK 

Aurora

1997

Brookdale

Naperville

1985

Brooks

Aurora

1995

Builta

Bolingbrook

1999

Clow

Naperville

1979

Cowlishaw

Naperville

1997

Fry

Naperville

2001

Georgetown

Aurora

1987

Gombert

Aurora

1998

Graham

Naperville

1996

Indian Plains

Aurora

1928 (Elementary school until 1999)

Kendall

Naperville

1998

Longwood

Naperville

1967 (Granger District 90)

Watts

Naperville

1989

McCarty

Aurora

1989

Owen

Naperville

2003

Patterson

Naperville

1993

Peterson

Naperville

2007

Spring Brook

Naperville

1989

Steck

Aurora

1992

Welch

Naperville

1999

Wheatland

Naperville

1950 (Wheatland District 40; closed 2007)

White Eagle

Naperville

1995

Young

Aurora

1999

 

Middle School              City                  Year Opened

Crone

Naperville

2003

Fischer Aurora 2009

Granger*

Aurora

2003

Gregory

Naperville

1987

Hill

Naperville

1981

Scullen

Naperville

2001

Still

Aurora

1999

(*original Granger opened 1921 at Rt 59 & Ogden)

High School                City                  Year Opened

Frontier Campus

Naperville

2006

Indian Plains

Aurora

1928 (Indian Plains Dist. 182; addition 1964)

Metea Valley

Aurora

2009

Neuqua Valley

Naperville

1997

Neuqua Valley Gold

Naperville

1997 (Crone Middle School until 2003)

Waubonsie Valley

Aurora

1975

 

 

 

 

 

 

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