Bureau Valley Then and Now

In 1995, 6 school districts and 5 towns joined forces to create the Bureau Valley Community Unit District 340. At the time, it was the largest consolidation in the state of Illinois. These 6 small school districts of Walnut, Wyanet, Western and Manlius were facing declining enrollments and minimizing curriculum. The “Committee of Ten” was formed with members from all 5 towns to ensure each community had a voice. Through the efforts of numerous community members, who wanted a better education for their young people, the Bureau Valley district was created. The tedious task of consolidation began and in August 1995, school began for the first time for this new district.

In 1998, the district finished construction on the centrally located Bureau Valley High School in Manlius. The building was state of the art including a 750 seat auditorium.

In 2005, Bureau Valley became the first school district in Illinois to have a wind turbine. The turbine, located next to Bureau Valley High School, generates electricity for the building.

Over the years, Bureau Valley has continued to be innovative in curriculum at all levels. The district is still looking for ways to improve our students’ educational experience by creating the BVision 2020 plan.

Bureau Valley’s motto is Unity, Excellence and Pride. The administration and staff strive to uphold this motto in all they do.

Produced by Michael Lotspeich '13