Everett A. McDonald Comprehensive Elementary School is the namesake of Dr. Everett A. McDonald, the first Superintendent of the Centennial School District. Dr. McDonald was a caring and talented educator, a graduate of Yale University, and an innovative leader. In 1964 he was the driving force behind the construction of our unique building. Our school is comprised of four interconnected circular buildings with two rectangular wings. The original design, most of which is still intact today, consisted of a gymnasium/auditorium and cafeteria connected by a stage, classrooms with special features for the physically challenged, a library, a planetarium/special experience room, and a swimming pool. The swimming pool is no longer in use, but all other features serve today’s children as they served the children in 1964. In the program created for McDonald School’s 25th anniversary celebration, Rose Marie Kautz, then President of the Centennial School Board, wrote “the building we are commemorating was a ‘comprehensive elementary school’…it included the districts’ regular education students, gifted students, and physically and mentally challenged students.” It is clear that the physical plant and educational programming were created to support a philosophy that all children can learn.
In the spring of 2010, the Centennial Board of School Directors voted to combine Davis and McDonald Elementary Schools for the 2010-11 school year. In 2012-13 Davis students moved to a new building and Longstreth and McDonald Elementary School combined.
The new McDonald Elementary School is on track to open in September 2013 and will house approximately 900 kindergarten through fifth grade students, including students from the district’s special education programs. We also offer an array of support services for English Language Learners (ELL), gifted students and students needing remedial reading and math.