Superintendent's Message

Superintendent RagonAs Superintendent of Schools, I want to personally welcome all parents, community members, and visitors to the Manhattan SD 114 website and to the Superintendent’s page. Our goal is to continually provide timely and accurate information to teachers, students, parents, staff, community members, and visitors on educational issues, extracurricular activities, student successes, and other important happenings within Manhattan SD 114 and the Manhattan community. Manhattan School District is a single school district serving approximately 1425 preschool through eighth grade students. We believe that Manhattan is a great place to live, raise a family, and send your children to school. The Manhattan School District is large enough to offer an excellent curriculum, taught by highly qualified staff, yet small enough to provide individual student attention. Instruction is differentiated to meet the needs of all students, including the more able that benefit from increased depth and complexity, and the more challenged that benefit from an excellent special education staff and partnership with District #843. Our goal is for each of our students to become a self-confident thinker and problem solver, a good citizen, and a successful person.

Manhattan SD 114 is a high achieving school district that continually makes Adequate Yearly Performance (AYP) as measured by state and federal guidelines. Manhattan students demonstrate our excellent educational program yearly as they excel in state assessments, academics, co-curricular programs, and go on to be some of the very best students at Lincoln Way High School District 210.

Here at Manhattan School District we keep focused on “the main thing” which, for us, is student learning. Manhattan SD 114 strives to provide all students with a quality educational experience that will provide them the necessary knowledge and tools that will benefit them in furthering their education. We also strive to provide a safe and healthy environment for working, teaching, and learning. Our success is directly linked to our parents who work as equal partners in the education of children. A long history of strong academic success is directly connected to a dedicated and talented staff, innovative school leadership, a devoted board of education, active and strong parental involvement, and a supportive and generous community. Our work together requires teamwork, collaboration and shared leadership toward a common mission, vision, values and goals.

At Manhattan, we stand ready, in a time of economic uncertainty, educational and legislative challenges, and in the face of numerous educational reforms. I have the utmost confidence in the administration, the teaching staff, the support staff, and the Board of Education, in preparing our students at Manhattan SD 114 to be successful. Please join all of us in our “Commitment to Excellence” at Manhattan SD 114.


Mr. Russell A. Ragon

Manhattan School District 114 
25440 S. Gougar Road
Manhattan, IL 60442

Fax: 815-478-7660

Superintendent's Biography

2016-17 District Action Plan

Superintendent's State of the Schools Address 2014  Manhattan School District State of the Village 2014

 Superintendent's State of the Schools Address 2015  Manhattan School District State of the Village 2015

 Superintendent's State of the Schools Address 2016  Manhattan School District State of the Village 2016

 Superintendent's State of the Schools Address 2017  Manhattan School District State of the Village 2016

Superintendent's State of the Schools Address 2018   Manhattan School District State of the Village 2016