About Us

Welcome from Superintendent Dr. Ray Lechner

Ray Lechner

Dear Parents, Students, and Friends,

Welcome to District 39 where we create a school community that is the best place for teachers to teach, students to learn, and families to flourish.

Our six schools serve children throughout Wilmette as well as from parts of Glenview and Winnetka. Kindergarten – 4th grade students attend one of our four elementary schools – Central, Harper, McKenzie, or Romona. In addition, Romona School is home to our district-wide preschool program. All students in the District go to Highcrest Middle School for grades 5 and 6 and to Wilmette Junior High for grades 7 and 8. Each of these schools provides a positive, nurturing environment for students, teachers and families. Academic excellence, as well as the social and emotional development of our students, is what drives our programs and inspires our staff.

Our website is an incredible resource where you can find information about each of our schools that will help you get a sense of the District 39 community. You can also find details about our curriculum, our online calendar, Board of Education information, and much more. I encourage you to browse and please contact me if you don’t find what you need. You can reach me at lechnerr@wilmette39.org or 847-512-6030.

We are very proud of the education we provide in District 39. As I visit our schools, I see engaged students, motivated staff, and active volunteer parents. It is this commitment to teaching and learning that makes District 39 the special place that it is.

Thank you for visiting our website and welcome to District 39!

Your partner in education,


Ray Lechner, Ph.D.

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