Feeling a bit like fall as school returns in Palatine

  • Keith Soljacich, left, of Inverness captures the moment Wednesday as his wife Kelly offers a high-five to their daughter Gwen, 7, as she is dropped off for the first day of third grade classes at Marion Jordan Elementary School in Palatine.

      Keith Soljacich, left, of Inverness captures the moment Wednesday as his wife Kelly offers a high-five to their daughter Gwen, 7, as she is dropped off for the first day of third grade classes at Marion Jordan Elementary School in Palatine. Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer

  • Kristin Pellicori of Inverness takes pictures of her children Mae, 6, and Leo, 8, as she drops them off for the first day of classes at Marion Jordan Elementary School in Palatine on Wednesday. Mae is in first grade and Leo is in third grade.

      Kristin Pellicori of Inverness takes pictures of her children Mae, 6, and Leo, 8, as she drops them off for the first day of classes at Marion Jordan Elementary School in Palatine on Wednesday. Mae is in first grade and Leo is in third grade. Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer

  • Paraprofessional Tracy Bobitz greets first graders for the first day of classes Wednesday at Marion Jordan Elementary School in Palatine.

      Paraprofessional Tracy Bobitz greets first graders for the first day of classes Wednesday at Marion Jordan Elementary School in Palatine. Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer

  • Principal Jenny Grosch greets first graders for the first day of classes Wednesday at Marion Jordan Elementary School in Palatine.

      Principal Jenny Grosch greets first graders for the first day of classes Wednesday at Marion Jordan Elementary School in Palatine. Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer

 
Daily Herald report
Updated 8/14/2019 1:41 PM

The calendar may say we're in the dog days of summer, but you couldn't blame students, parents and faculty in Palatine Township Elementary School District 15 if they felt a bit like fall was in the air Wednesday.

The district's more than 12,000 students returned to classes Wednesday, bidding farewell to summer vacation and officially kicking off the 2019-20 school year.

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District 15 educates students from all or parts of Palatine, Rolling Meadows, Hoffman Estates, Inverness, South Barrington, Arlington Heights and Schaumburg at 15 elementary schools, four junior high schools, an early childhood center and alternative public day school.

Among the big changes for the district this year is in its leadership. Laurie Heinz took over as superintendent July 1, replacing top administrator Scott Thompson, who retired after eight years at the helm.

The district also took on about $5 million in building projects over the summer, including safety upgrades to the entrances at Virginia Lake, Carl Sandburg, Plum Grove, Kimball Hill and Hunting Ridge schools.

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