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The history of USD 231 is being compiled by the Gardner Edgerton Antioch district, and residents are asked to assist to help preserve the area’s history.
“We are proud of the history of USD 231 and want to ensure that it is captured as accurately and comprehensively as possible,” said Dr. Ben Boothe, ED.D. “Currently, we have random descriptions and pictures. Although important to help fill in the gaps, there is no formal log of the district’s history.”
According to the district: Gardner-Edgerton-Antioch Unified School District 231 came into existence on July 1, 1966 following a decree by the state legislature that all the territory within the state was to be organized into unified school districts maintaining grades K-12.
USD 231 is comprised of 103 square miles and includes the following former districts:
• Antioch Elementary School District No. 11
• Edgerton Elementary School District No. 81
• Edgerton Rural High School District No. 1
• Gardner School District No. 11
• Lanesfield Elementary School District No. 12
“The importance of capturing cannot be stated strongly enough,” Boothe said. “Our entire community – past, current, and future – should know of those that paved the way to generations of student success stories.”
The draft of the district’s history is available online at:
The draft is a work in progress, and anyone who sees errors or omissions are asked to contact Boothe.
Although the district has random descriptions and pictures, there is no formal log of the district’s history.
“We need help,” Boothe said. “they can e mail me, USPS me, call me, or submit information via a form at  .”