VANDALIA — While students, and even some parents, have mixed feelings about starting a new school year, that isn’t the case for Vandalia-Butler Schools Superintendent Bradley Neavin.
He likes the return of students even more than Santa Claus – or so he says.
“It’s my favorite day of the year,” said Neavin on Tuesday afternoon.
Tuesday morning saw the return of nearly 3,200 students and approximately 275 staff members to the district’s two elementary and middle schools and Butler High School.
Even the on and off rain throughout much of the day couldn’t dampen Neavin’s spirits.
“All the stuff you do in the summer, all the hiring, all the preparation – it all brings anticipation and today reminds you why you do the job,” said Neavin. “Our staff is excited, and kids came in smiling.”
Neavin said overall the day ran smoothly. There were a few transportation glitches due to kids being listed as walkers or being assigned to the wrong bus in the transportation software, but Neavin said the problems were no more than typically expected.
“Things are good,” he said. “On opening day, there will be a few things go wrong, they always do. We’ve had a few small glitches, but nothing out of the ordinary. Things have been great – they really have.”
Reach Darrell Wacker at 937-684-8983 or on Twitter @VandaliaDrummer.