Students get first hand government experience


VBCSD report



These students participated in Youth in Government at the City of Vandalia.


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Butler High School students held a mock Vandalia City Council meeting on Tuesday morning as part of the Optimist Club’s annual Youth In Government program. The students debated the merits of a skate board park and a cell phone ban for teens while driving as part of the lively discussion.


Photo by Darrell Wacker

Students sat in on the Vandalia-Butler Board of Education meeting on Tuesday morning as part of Youth in Government Day.


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Students sat in on the Vandalia-Butler Board of Education meeting on Tuesday morning as part of Youth in Government Day.


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Students held a mock Butler Township Trustees meeting as part of Youth in Government Day.


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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

BUTLER TOWNSHIP

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

These students participated in Youth in Government at the City of Vandalia.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2016/02/web1_YIGCity.jpgThese students participated in Youth in Government at the City of Vandalia. Contributed photos

Butler High School students held a mock Vandalia City Council meeting on Tuesday morning as part of the Optimist Club’s annual Youth In Government program. The students debated the merits of a skate board park and a cell phone ban for teens while driving as part of the lively discussion.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2016/02/web1_YIGCity2.jpgButler High School students held a mock Vandalia City Council meeting on Tuesday morning as part of the Optimist Club’s annual Youth In Government program. The students debated the merits of a skate board park and a cell phone ban for teens while driving as part of the lively discussion. Photo by Darrell Wacker

Students sat in on the Vandalia-Butler Board of Education meeting on Tuesday morning as part of Youth in Government Day.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2016/02/web1_YIGSchools.jpgStudents sat in on the Vandalia-Butler Board of Education meeting on Tuesday morning as part of Youth in Government Day. Contributed photos

Students sat in on the Vandalia-Butler Board of Education meeting on Tuesday morning as part of Youth in Government Day.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2016/02/web1_YIGSchools2.jpgStudents sat in on the Vandalia-Butler Board of Education meeting on Tuesday morning as part of Youth in Government Day. Contributed photos

Students held a mock Butler Township Trustees meeting as part of Youth in Government Day.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2016/02/web1_YIGTownship.jpgStudents held a mock Butler Township Trustees meeting as part of Youth in Government Day. Contributed photos

VBCSD report

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