Mitchell Road History
In the fall of 1966, Mitchell Road Elementary came into being and opened its doors to its first classes. It was a school for grades one to six and consisted of only the wing that now houses the fourth grade and Ms. Nemchek's and Ms. Pozsonyi's classes. That fall, the staff consisted of a principal, 10 teachers, a part-time librarian, a part-time secretary, and a janitor. Believe it or not, the principal’s “office” was just a table in the hallway. There was no office! The library was only a closet that was originally intended to house janitorial supplies. There were very few books, as you can imagine, so the bookmobile came by the school weekly to give students another source for reading materials. All students had to bring their lunches that first year because there was no cafeteria. The principal sold milk from a cooler in the hallway near her desk. Students had to take their trash and leftovers home with them because there was no garbage pick-up.
By the next year, the school had grown to include an office, a cafeteria, and another wing that housed 8 additional classrooms. The school district was fully integrated in the winter of 1970. The final wing, an enlarged library, and office area with a health room were added in 1972. The PTA worked very hard to raise the money for the air conditioning of the school in the 1980’s. Up until then, open windows, fans, and shade trees had provided the only relief from the hottest school days.
Portables were added when the main building was outgrown. At one point, there were about 850 students at Mitchell Road! Of course, many of you will remember the veritable city of portable classrooms that were in place until the middle of the 2001-2002 school year when everyone moved into our current building. In the fullness of time, we have the school that you see today. We have classrooms that provide rich and attractive learning environments. We are blessed indeed and we are thankful!