Limestone Community High School District 310

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Limestone Community High School is a public high school in Bartonville, Peoria County, Illinois. The school is at the corner of Airport and Pfeiffer Roads, has an enrollment of 1,181 students in 2012, and is in the Mid-Illini Conference.[1] It is the only high school of Limestone Community High School District 310.

History[edit]

Before the 1950s, Bartonville had no high school of its own; students went to Pekin or Peoria, and their expenses were paid for by a non-high-school district, but without control over the schools the students were attending. Consolidating with other school districts was considered, but it was determined that joining Peoria Public Schools District 150 would require annexation into the city of Peoria, and that neither the Elmwood or the Glasford school districts had the capacity to take on the 570 students in the area. A group of educators and other citizens decided that the only solution was to build a high school.[2]

A public election on February 5, 1949, voted District 310 into existence; and, on March 14, the board of education first met and elected its officers.[2]

Limestone Community High School opened on October 14, 1953. It was annexed into the village of Bartonville in June 1957.[2]

In 2013, a recent graduate of Limestone, William Bessler, was elected to the district's Board of Education. Elected at the age of 19, Mr. Bessler campaigned on a series of issues, but focused mainly on improving the school's academic record. Various curriculum changes were discussed by Mr. Bessler, and his criticism of the current academic policies, Board of Education ineffectiveness, and focus on athletics over academics has guided his policy proposals. [3]

A notable Limestone alumnus is Baltimore Orioles slugger, Jim Thome.

Activities[edit]

The sports teams, called the Rockets, wear white and blue. LCHS not only fields many athletic teams, but also offers many clubs and organizations to the students.

Notable Alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ a b c History of Bartonville, Illinois. Bartonville, Illinois: Village of Bartonville - Bartonville Bicentennial Commission - Heritage Committee. 1976. pp. 78–79. Retrieved 2008-12-17. 
  3. ^ https://www.facebook.com/WilliamBesslerForSchoolBoard

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Coordinates: 40°38′21″N 89°40′54″W / 40.63917°N 89.68167°W / 40.63917; -89.68167