Second Largest School District In Illinois Welcomes Students Back To School

Bernie Tafoya
August 14, 2019 - 12:02 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Believe it or not, summer is over for thousands of children in the Chicagoland area as school resumed this week. On Wednesday, among the openings was Elgin District U-46, the second largest district in Illinois. 

There was an energetic welcome and flag raising ceremony that started the new academic year at Ridge Circle School in Streamwood. Principal Janelle Raine said she's "excited" to open the year, Ridge Circle School's 50th anniversary.

Parent Erika Roque is excited for her 11-year old son Mario.

"It’s a new year. He’s going to learn more…and he’s going to get more friends," she said.

Cortney Fallon took a picture of her 5-year-old son Caleb underneath the banner of Ridge Circle School in Streamwood. It’s his first day of kindergarten and she was feeling a bit nervous and anxious about it. 

As for Caleb, he said he was ready to have fun and learn his ABCs.

Elgin District U-46 welcomes students back to school
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U-46 CEO Tony Sanders said the district spent more than $40 million over the summer on infrastructure improvements. Also, in addition to 14,000 high schoolers having Chromebooks, 12,000 5th through 8th graders are getting them too.

"Students will now be able to continue their learning when they get home at night and not have the weight of a bunch of textbooks in their backpack and hopefully, engage in more interactive, 21st Century learning skills," he said.

Sanders said it's amazing how students take care of the Chromebooks. Out of the 14,000 distributed last year, he says only 50 were lost or unrepairable.

There are nearly 39,000 students in District U-46.