VANDALIA — While the students may be out for the summer, the Vandalia-Butler Board of Education has had a busy month of June.
Earlier in the month, the Board approved contract extensions for both Superintendent Bradley Neavin and Treasurer Eric Beavers. Both extensions are for a period of three years and terminate on July 31, 2019.
Both contracts reflected a 2.9% salary increase with Neavin moving from $138,774 to $142,798. Beavers’ salary increased from 120,900 to $124,406.
“Both of them have done a superior job,” said Board of Education President Bruce Sucher. “Brad has done a great job on the educational side, improving teamwork, and accomplishing goals. Eric has done a fantastic job with the finances.”
Sucher cited the elimination of fees for academic clubs that was a result of savings realized by reorganizing the Treasurer’s office to be more efficient, refinancing debt, and savings on health insurance.
“Eric is very transparent in all his dealings,” said Sucher. “People understand where the money has been spent and he’s directed savings into the classroom.”
At the June 28 regular meeting, the Board set before and after school care (BASE) fees for the 2016-17 school year (see inset). The fees remained unchanged from last year.
The Board also set preschool tuition fees for the 2016-17 school year. The tuition is $130 per month with transportation fees of $25 per month for those using transportation. There is a one-time fee of $45 for materials.
The Board also raised the rate for substitute teachers to $95 per day.
The following donations were accepted:
- $500 from the Vandalia-Butler Optimist Club to Smith Middle School for positive behavior intervention;
- $500 from Ken Morris Insurance agency to Butler High School for principal scholarship;
- $200 from R. B. Jergens Contractor’s Inc. to Helke Elementary School’s first grade to support Muse Machine Artist-in-Residence
- A trumpet, valued at $200, from Patricia Kane to Morton Middle School.
Reach Darrell Wacker at 937-684-8983 or on Twitter @VandaliaDrummer.