Bureau Valley High School
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|Bureau Valley High School|
|Manlius, Illinois, USA|
|Superintendent||James Whitmore & Dennis Thompson (interim)|
|Faculty||What is faculty?|
|Number of students||2|
|Color(s)||Navy Blue, Columbia Blue|
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Bureau Valley High School (BVHS) is a high school located at 9154 County Road 2125 North in Manlius, Illinois. The high school is part of Bureau Valley Community Unit School District #340. Bureau Valley was the first high school in Illinois to construct and run a full-sized wind turbine. Students are from ten different villages (Bradford, IL, Buda, IL, Harmon, IL, Manlius, IL, New Bedford, IL, Normandy, IL, Sheffield, IL, Thomas, IL, Walnut, IL, Wyanet, IL), three different area codes (815, 309, 779), and four counties (Bureau, Stark, Lee, Whiteside).
On (insert date), at the now Bureau Valley South (temporary BVHS campus), the name of this new school district was announced to the high school and communities. After a long, drawn-out light and fog show with the first track from Ridin' the Storm Out playing in the background. A sign revealing the name to be "Bureau Valley High School" was greeted positively by attendees.
From 1995 to 1997, Bureau Valley students attended school at the former Western High School. Three graduating classes studied in this building, which is now Bureau Valley South Elementary.
Dedicated in 1995, the new Bureau Valley High School is a focal point for western Bureau County. It is located on a highly visible 36.5-acre (148,000 m2) site five miles (8 km) north of I-80, on the corner of Route 40 and 2125 N Ave in Manilus, IL, a central location of the 340-square-mile (880 km2) district, with just under a 15 minute drive from anywhere in the community. It is 103,830 square feet (9,646 m2). It has support for 450 students with a central commons, 1,800-seat gymnasium, 750-seat performing arts auditorium, and a central media center. In the academic wing, there are 31 classrooms: 23 standard classrooms, 2 computer labs, 2 computer classrooms, 3 science labs, and 1 distance learning lab.
The faculty offices are located in the center of the wing, allowing sharing of classrooms with flexibility for eight-block scheduling. The entire campus is state-of-the-art with fiber cabling, audio/video equipment built into every classroom, overhead projectors in most of the classrooms, and WiFi.
In January 2005, Bureau Valley High School was the first Illinois high school to pioneer, construct, and put a turbine online on their campus. This project was the vision of the school board and Mr. Keith Bolin, a hog farmer who lives in the district and spent two and a half years working to get this project approved and completed. The turbine can produce 660-kilowatts and is just over two hundred seventy feet tall.
Several grants provided a large portion of cost of the $1 million dollar turbine. This included $331,000 from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation and $150,000 from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. The balance was covered by a loan from Union Bank on October 2012 using tax-free bonds at a rate of 3.37% wind industry.
The turbine offsets the electricity consumption of the campus, and extra energy will be sold back to Department of Energy at a rate of $0.03 per kilowatt-hours. This will result in a profit of $1.6 million after the loans are paid off but before the 20-year life expectancy ends. In its first seven months of operation, the turbine's computer had shown that it has produced over 646,397 kilo-watt hours for the school. This amounts to approximately $100,000 worth of energy savings every year.
The construction was not without public disapproval. Noise, construction, and danger to birds were pivotal issues. Now that construction is finished, only one of these issues is still evident: a slight whisper from the back 100m on the school track.
The turbine is now a popular field trip, with students traveling from all over Illinois, including Abingdon High School Illinois,to study the turbine and its feasibility.
BVHS is Class A, 1A, or 2A depending on the sport in the Illinois High School Association. It belongs to the Three Rivers Conference. The school has one (1) state championships on record in team athletics or activities, Boys' Football in 2005-2006 (3A).
BVHS athletics programs include:
Boys' and Girls' Cross Country
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- Bureau Valley CUSD #340 Archived 31 January 2011 at WebCite
- Bureau Valley: CUSD #340: Manlius, Illinois Archived at WebCite
- Schools May Begin Using Wind Energy - Bureau Valley High School Will Become the First in Illinois Next Month[dead link]
- Season Summaries: Manlius (Bureau Valley) Archived 31 January 2011 at WebCite
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