From The Principal
Message from our Principal
Welcome to Gombert!
Gombert Elementary has a long history of being a wonderful neighborhood elementary school. We are fortunate to have great facilities and an outstanding staff. We also have one of the most active and involved PTAs in the area. Our greatest asset is our incredible student body. Our students represent many nations and languages. They come together with a curiosity and excitement for learning. Since our student body is so diverse, the students have the opportunity of learning about each other’s heritage and sharing their cultures and traditions.
The school includes an amazing Learning Media Center with books and materials that students can check out weekly. We also have a stage that allows staff and students to present both vocal and instrumental programs. The teachers at Gombert provide students with learning experiences like studying raptors and having them visit the school, performing scientific investigations, writing their own stories and poems, creating their own totem poles and heritage dolls, learning new physical activities that strengthen their bodies, creating their own works of art, learning songs and dances from other countries, and of course learning to read and do math.
All of us at Gombert are proud of our students and work hard to make their school experience the best that it can be. Check out the rest of our website and you’ll find information about our PTA, our staff and current tips and ideas for parents
Jeremy Ricken, Principal
About Peter M. Gombert
Peter M. Gombert [1944-1996]
Peter M. Gombert was known by many as "the consummate professional." He served for 21 years directing the business affairs and construction projects in Indian Prairie School District 204.
Mr. Gombert was an outstanding school administrator who had a firm grip on school finance, but those who knew him well remember him as a good friend and a man of high principles and great integrity.
Mr. Gombert started his career in school finance in 1971 as assistant business manager in Naperville District 203. He came to Indian Prairie in 1974 and eventually became associate superintendent for business, forging a reputation of hard work, dedication, and caring. He retired in 1995 and planned to continue working for District 204, but his plans were disrupted by his illness. Mr. Gombert died quietly on November 16, 1996 at Loyola Medical Center.
He took very seriously his responsibilities to his family, friends, and business associates and never asked more of people than he asked of himself. His conservative, tight-fisted approach to school financial management brought him a reputation of the highest standards of excellence among his peers. Peter Gombert was more than a financial manager, however, he was a people manager and took District 204 through many difficult times and challenging situations.
Mr. Gombert was credited with putting together a "blueprint of the future" for District 204 schools. He drew up a 15-year projection of finances that was unheard of in public education. Part of that blueprint was the $97.25 million referendum that passed in March of 1994 which paid for the new Neuqua Valley High School and five other buildings. The program matched the district's growth precisely.
"On time under budget" was Mr. Gombert's slogan, and he is credited with saving millions of dollars for the taxpayers in the state's fastest-growing school district by "cloning" schools instead of building each from scratch. He helped lead the district's multi-year campaign to exempt new construction from the state's mandatory five percent property tax cap, thus providing relief for school districts caught in explosive growth. He also was the inspiration for District 204's push to take an active role in reactivating the state's Capital Development Board to issue grants to repair, renovate and add to local schools to assist in reducing overcrowded facilities.
Peter M. Gombert was a behind-the-scenes person of high integrity. Perhaps this was best demonstrated when he led a team of District 204 staff members who volunteered to help put the Plainfield School District back on its feet after the destructive tornado in 1990. "He went down there and oversaw the renovation of St. Mary's School so that students from Plainfield High could go to school," said Dr. Thomas Scullen, then superintendent in Indian Prairie. Underneath the granite-like exterior, Mr. Gombert was "a real softie," Dr. Scullen said. "People around the district know how kind-hearted he was." He was caring and generous, especially when someone really needed help.
Fellow administrators and friend Dr. Joseph Chiusolo agreed. "He was a very compassionate, gentle man, someone who really left a permanent mark on District 204. He was one of the best school business managers I've ever known. He always put welfare of the kids first."
Our History, Mission, and Values
A Little Gombert History
The Peter M. Gombert School is a community formed primarily of students who previously attended McCarty School. The school is named to honor a well-respected and admired Associate Superintendent of Indian Prairie District 204. The Gombert school colors are blue and white with a green accent, and our mascot is the Gator.
For more information about Peter M. Gombert, click here.
Indian Prairie School District No. 204 Mission Statement
Our mission is:
To prepare all students to succeed in an ever-changing world through comprehensive programs and experiences in collaboration with family and community.
||Including and respecting all people strengthens public education;
||We cultivate a climate charged with enthusiasm for teaching and learning;
||We challenge all students to reach their potential;
||Our students must develop the skills to become life-long learners;
||Students learn best in a safe and caring environment;
||Education works best when the entire community participates and shares the responsibility.