Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 students had a gloomy, rainy start to the 2014-15 school year Thursday, but district officials said it didn't affect the excitement of the first day of classes.
"Everything went really, really well and despite the weather this morning we had a great start to the school year and we're looking forward to our new superintendent starting Sept. 2," Erica Loiacono, director of public relations, said Thursday afternoon.
Students at Wheaton North High School were greeted by their new principal, Matt Biscan. He replaces Jill Bullo, who retired earlier this year after leading the school for a decade.
Biscan has worked at the school for the past 15 years. During that time he has served as a dean, assistant dean and assistant principal of curriculum and technology.
In addition to a new principal, the school now has a new track that wraps around the football field. Other, less visible, improvements at the school include new energy efficient heating and cooling systems and roof repairs.
Monroe Middle School students also noticed some significant renovations at their school on the first day, including new lockers lining the hallways. The dated library also has been updated with the removal of a sunken area that was a popular design at the time of the school's construction, but created accessibility issues in recent years.