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District Information


About the District


Mercer County School District #404 is located in northwest Illinois and covers an area of 378 square miles making it the fifth largest district in the state. The district was created in 2009 as a result of a consolidation of the Westmer and Aledo School Districts. The district serves approximately 1,300 students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade in five buildings and employs approximately 210 full and part-time employees. A list of the buildings is given below.


Mercer County High School     9-12  Aledo

Mercer County Junior High  6-8  Aledo

New Boston Elementary  K – 5  New Boston

Apollo Elementary  K – 5  Aledo

Mercer County Early Education Center  PreK Joy

The district is located in Mercer, Rock Island and Henderson Counties with the majority of the land being in Mercer County. The community's 150-year history is rooted in agriculture, but some residents now work in the nearby metropolitan areas of Muscatine, Burlington and an area locally known as The Quad Cites (Rock Island, Moline, Davenport, and Bettendorf). Towns located within the district boundaries include:


Aledo, Joy, New Boston, Keithsburg, Seaton, Eliza, Millersburg, & Hamlet


A long history of educational excellence, parental involvement, and community support characterize the district. A broad array of academic and extra-curricular opportunities are available to the students.


District Philosophy and Purposes


The School District, in an active partnership with parents and community, will promote excellence in a caring environment in which all students learn and grow. The partnership shall empower all students to develop a strong self-esteem and to become responsible learners and decision-makers. The School District is committed to developing and using a visionary and innovative curriculum, a knowledgeable and dedicated staff, and sound fiscal and management practices.

Equal Educational and Extracurricular opportunities

Equal educational and extracurricular opportunities shall be available for all students without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, ancestry, age, religious beliefs, physical or mental disability, status as homeless, or actual or potential marital or parental status, including pregnancy.


Further, the District will not knowingly enter into agreements with any entity or any individual that discriminates against students on the basis of sex or any other protected status, except that the District remains viewpoint neutral when granting access to school facilities under School Board policy 8:20, Community Use of School Facilities.


Any student may file a discrimination grievance by using Board policy 2:260, Uniform Grievance Procedure. A copy of this policy can be obtained by calling the District Office at 309/582-2238.


Sex Equity

No student shall, based on sex or sexual orientation, be denied equal access to programs, activities, services, or benefits or be limited in the exercise of any right, privilege, advantage, or denied equal access to educational and extracurricular programs and activities. Any student may file a sex equity complaint by using Board policy 2:260, Uniform Grievance Procedure. A student may appeal the Board’s resolution of the complaint to the Regional Superintendent and , thereafter, to the State Superintendent of Education. The Nondiscrimination Coordinators for the District are Andrea Cooper (phone: 309/582-2223) and Chad Robertson (phone: 309/582-5350).


The District will endeavor to, upon request, provide reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities so they can participate in the District’s programs, services, and activities. Individuals with disabilities should notify the Title II and ADA Coordinator, at the address or phone number listed below, or contact the Building Principal if they have a disability that will require special assistance or services and, if so, what services are required. This notification should occur as far in advance as possible of the school-sponsored function, program, or meeting.

Individuals with disabilities may allege a violation of this policy or federal law by reporting it to the Title II and ADA Coordinator at the phone number or address listed below, or by filing a grievance under the Uniform Grievance Procedure.
The Title II and ADA Coordinator can be reached at:

Mercer County School District
ATTN: Superintendent
203 N. Washington Street
Joy, IL 61260
(309) 582-2238

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