Indian Lake Elementary School is celebrating its 40th anniversary with a reception for public officials, alumni and former staff members on Monday, Oct. 21.

Former faculty and alumni of Indian Lake Elementary School are invited to a reception to commemorate the school’s 40th anniversary on Monday Oct. 21. The event will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. in the school’s library. 

“Truly I feel blessed to serve as the current leader of this exceptional school, knowing the level of involvement is unsurpassed and that 40 years is just the beginning of what we hope to be a continued bright future for our school,” said Principal Ondie Mitchell. 

Mitchell was named to lead the school in 20ll following the retirement of Jewell McGhee. Other school principals have included Dale Goff, Jane Reynolds, and Dr. Robert Edwin Halpin, Jr.

Goff, appointed by then-School Superintendent Benny Bills, opened the school in the fall of 1979. 

According to a program of the school’s dedication on Oct. 28, 1979, 45th district state Rep. John Steinhauer lead the Pledge of Allegiance during the ceremony and Rev. Robert Woody of Bluegrass Baptist Church gave the invocation. Dr. Cabit Cheshire, executive secretary of the Tennessee Education Association was the event’s keynote speaker. The program also listed 31 faculty members.

The school was named a National Blue Ribbon School in 2004. 

“Forty years of amazing students, supportive families, involved community members, dedicated faculty and staff, elected officials who value education… please join us as we celebrate the memories created within this wonderful school community,” said Mitchell. 

Former school faculty, Sumner County School Board members, elected officials and former ILE alumni are invited to the event, sponsored by the school’s PTO.

Due to limited space, current ILE students and families will celebrate the 40th anniversary on Nov. 8 during the school’s annual Thanksgiving luncheon.  

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