VANDALIA — As preparations for the new school year gain momentum, students, staff, and parents in the Vandalia-Butler School District have three new members of the administrative team.
Thomas Luebbe was appointed as the principal at Butler High School on Tuesday evening. Luebbe will take over for Chad Hill who left the district to become the Assistant Director of Curriculum and Instruction in the Huber Heights City Schools.
The district also appointed William Wertz as the Attendance, Enrollment and Safety Officer and Jennifer Strehle as the Assistant Principal of Morton Middle School. Wertz replaces Greg Vance who is pursuing other employment opportunities. Strehle takes over for Steve Verhoff who will be the new principal at Tippecanoe High School.
Luebbe comes to Butler High School after serving as the high school principal of LaSalle High School in Cincinnati for 17 years. Luebbe earned his Bachelor of Science degree and Masters in Education degree from Xavier University.
“Mr. Luebbe brings a set of skills that are an excellent fit with our expectations for performance of the Butler High School Principal. Along with his deep commitment to guiding students toward their optimal levels of individual potential, he is community-minded and willing to engage all stakeholders,” Vandalia-Butler City Schools Superintendent Brad Neavin said.
Luebbe says he is looking forward to this new challenge.
“I look forward to fostering Aviator pride and excitement throughout the community and to honoring people who through their kind-hearted generosity go above and beyond. I am excited also by the opportunity to create nurturing relationships with all of our students, parents, faculty/staff members and the entire Vandalia community,” Luebbe said.
Wertz joins the Vandalia-Butler team with more than 27 years of total enforcement experience, having served in the City of Fairborn Police Department, the City of Huber Heights Police Department and, most recently, as a cold case investigator with the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.
“As our attendance officer, Wertz’ skills of investigation, understanding of how the courts operate and abilities to interact with families in crisis will be invaluable in his new role with VBCSD,” Neavin said.
The third new addition to the VBCSD administration, Strehle, is a Butler High School graduate who has taught in the district for 18 years.
“We are excited to have Jennifer Strehle as Assistant Principal at Morton. Her valuable educational experiences in the Vandalia-Butler school district have prepared her well for this position,” Morton Middle School Principal Shannon White said.
Strehle says she is “honored” to continue her career in education as assistant principal at Morton.
“I’m looking forward to supporting the positive leadership that is at Morton. I’m looking forward to working with staff to continue the wonderful environment Morton has,” Strehle said.
In other action, the Vandalia-Butler Board of Education approved multiple hirings for various positions, approved out of state trips for the Butler baseball team and Butler Kickline.
Other formal action included a contract with Samaritan Behavioral Health for counseling services for students with emotional disabilities at a cost of $168,869 and for therapy services at a cost not to exceed $5,460. The Board also approved an agreement with Public Health-Dayton & Montgomery County for school nursing services for St. Christopher School at a cost of $8,700. VBCSD serves as a pass-through agent for those funds.
The Board also approved the following donations:
$2,700 as the estimated value of lumber from Roger Bowen to the Butler High School wood shop
- $50 from Tim and Kathleen Stammen
- $50 from Vandalia Animal Clinic
- $50 from Heeter Plumbing
- $100 from Hickory Bar-B-Q
- $100 from Neely Dental Team
Those donations are to support the Helke Elementary School first grade Muse Machine Artist-in-Residence.
Reach Darrell Wacker at 937-684-8983 or on Twitter @VandaliaDrummer.