VANDALIA – BUTLER — Nearly 40 Butler High School students have a little more understanding of how local government operates after participating in this year’s Youth in Government day.
The Optimist Club sponsors the annual event, which is financially supported by Abbey Credit Union, DayAir Credit Union, Mid USA Credit Union and Universal 1 Credit Union.
Juniors and seniors spent time with government leaders from the City of Vandalia, Butler Township and the Vandalia-Butler Board of Education.
Butler Class President Sam Penewit served as the Vandalia Mayor today at a lively City Council meeting. Other students were able to represent council members, police chiefs, township trustees, and school board members.
The School Board held its February business meeting, allowing students to witness the process of how policies are discussed and accepted.
The day ended with all of the participants having lunch and students receiving certificates for their participation in this educational experience.
Participants and their government counterparts were:
CITY OF VANDALIA
Mayor Arlene Setzer – Sam Penewit
Vice Mayor David Lewis – Daveed Abrams
City Council Member Bob Ahlers – Madeline Serrer
City Council Member Mike Blakesly – Kevin Doench
City Council Member Candice Farst – Madison Scherer
City Council Member Dave Gerhard – Holly Simones
City Council Member Richard Herbst – Mitchell Heeter
City Manager Jon Crusey – Alec Reynolds
Assistant City Manager Greg Shackelford – Abby Scorsone
Assistant to the City Manager Julie Trick – Allie Bohannon
Communication Manager Rich Hopkins – Kali Macklin
Deputy Clerk of Council Missy Pruszynski – Adriana Leiter
Finance Director Bridgette Leiter – Brad Lee
Fire Chief Chad Follick – Vinnie Fiori
Information Technology Manager Darren Davey – Wes Finley
Law Director Jerry McDonald – Jordan Green
Parks and Recreation Director Steve Clark – Hannah Bragg
Police Chief Douglas Knight -Alison Barlow
Public Service Director Rob Cron -Caleb Colon
Trustee President Mike Lang – Jordan Wright
Trustee Nick Brusky -Drew Sipos
Trustee Joe Flanagan – Chris Chapman
Fiscal Officer Mark Adams – Kylie Koogler
Township Administrator (Acting) Erika Vogel – Madison Norman
Fire Chief Dan Alig – Kyle Garver
Police Chief (Acting) – G. Thomas Bloom
Service Supervisor – Austin Klaus
VANDALIA-BUTLER BOARD OF EDUCATION
Board of Education President Bruce Sucher – Ericka Washburn
Board of Education Member Bob Cupp – Bryson Mann
Board of Education Member Mary Kilsheimer – Savannah Stanaford
Board of Education Member George Moorman – Brody Dunlevy
Board of Education Member Rodney Washburn – Curt Davis
Superintendent of Schools Brad Neavin – Claire Long
Treasurer Eric Beavers – Jake Wenclewicz
Director of Curriculum and Instruction Brandon Hartley – Jonathan Rhoades
Director of Human Resources Mark Barhorst – Shivam Patel
Director of Pupil Services Rob O’Leary – Tyler Blazynek