On November 4, 1997, the taxpayers of McLean County Unit District No. 5 passed a $26 million dollar referendum, which included the construction of a new elementary school, later named Prairieland.
Construction lasted fourteen months, cost more than $5 million, and was completed in August of 1999.
The building is located at 1300 East Raab Road in north Normal, Illinois and is defined as a "quad," meaning there are generally four classrooms at each grade level.
Prairieland houses Kindergarten through Fifth grade students. Enrollment figures typically fluctuate between 550 and 575 students. The attendance areas served by Prairieland include Ironwood Gardens, Kelly Glen, The Landings, Carriage Hills, Pheasant Ridge, Beacon Hill, Tramore, Pinehurst, Pine Meadows, Aspen Trails, Ironwood, and Wintergreen.