- Wayne E. McCleery (1906-1953) was appointed superintendent of the West Aurora Schools in 1950.
- As superintendent, he undertook a program of significant school expansion and modernization for the district.
- The new West Aurora High School on Walnut Street (now New York Street) was built during his tenure.
- Also under his leadership, a major ten-room addition to Freeman School was overwhelmingly approved by the voters.
- Sadly, McCleery died suddenly in November 1953 at the age of forty-seven.
- A stunned community experienced a great loss with his passing.
Wayne e. mCcleery
McCleery Elementary School
1002 Illinois Ave, Aurora, IL 60506