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History of Plainfield Elementary School

Plainfield Elementary School was built in 1966. To accommodate the growing community and to alleviate increasing enrollment at Forest Elementary School, Plainfield was built as a kindergarten through third grade building. It was the last school built within Community Consolidated School District 62. It was the first fully air conditioned building in District 62. Dr. Leon Smaage was the district superintendent.

In 1969, Plainfield was expanded to double its original size. This expansion allowed Plainfield to become a kindergarten through six-grade building.

Plainfield remained a kindergarten through six grade building until the through the 1997-1998 school year. Beginning with the 1997-1998 school year, Plainfield became a kindergarten through fifth grade building, as it currently is today.

Prior to the 2007-2008 school year, Plainfield had a new roof installed, along with a reconfiguration of the office. The primary purpose of this reconfiguration was to allow visitors to enter directly into the office. Along with this reconfiguration a new conference room was added.

Growing Diversity at Plainfield

The 1995-1996 school year brought Plainfield its first multicultural class. Multicultural classes have a mixture of students who speak English as their primary language at home combined with students who speak another language at home. In the 1998-1999 school year, the multicultural classes incorporated some Spanish and English literacy into their curriculum. This continued for 2 years until the 2000-2001 school year when a second class of all Hispanic language speakers was added. This class was structured for students to receive Spanish and English literacy. The 2001-2002 school year expanded this model to a first grade classroom and another 2nd grade classroom.

By the 2002-2003 school year, Plainfield had Bilingual classes from kindergarten through 3rd grade, as it currently does today. In bilingual classes, students’ primary instruction is in Spanish. They receive intensive English support and are transitioned to English reading in 3rd grade.

Plainfield Today

Today, Plainfield Elementary School is a Kindergarten through 5th grade building, with an enrollment of about 360 students. Of the 15 classrooms that make up Plainfield, 5 of them are bilingual classrooms.

Awards and Recognitions

2005-2006 Illinois Honor Roll School
2006-2007 Illinois Spotlight School

Principals of Plainfield

Mr. Dick Ruffola 1966-1967
Mr. Gilbert Rudiger 1967-1968
Mr. Bill Walter 1969-1981
Mrs. Mari Cleary 1981-1987
Mr. John Pacay 1987-1993
Mrs. Maxine Hubbard 1993-2002
Mrs. Sandy Anderson 2002-2004
Mr. René Carranza 2004 to present


History of Plainfield


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Plainfield Elementary School
1850 Plainfield Drive
Des Plaines, IL 60018
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