VANDALIA — The Vandalia-Butler Board of Education approved an extension of its agreement with Good Samaritan Hospital for an additional five years at its board meeting on Tuesday night.
Under the terms of the deal, Premier Health will continue to pay the district $125,000 a year through 2022 for naming rights for the Butler football stadium which will continue as Good Samaritan Athletic Complex.
The deal, which has a renewal option for an additional five years, also includes one full-time equivalent athletic trainer for Butler athletic teams.
“We have had a great partnership with the Vandalia-Butler schools for the past 10 years,” said Gary Blake of Premier Health. “Our mission is to keep your athletes safe and our professionals take that mission very seriously.”
The contract also specifies that the funds are to be used for “renovations to athletic fields and sports facilities” and “for costs associated with the building, repairing, enlarging, and/or improving of school facilities.”
The Board also approved the issuance of $9 million in school improvement refunding bonds and $1.365 million in energy conservation improvement refunding bonds.
Treasurer Eric Beavers said the authorization would allow him to refinance the bonds “when the market is hot” and refund bonds for a fifth time.
That savings is a direct savings in property owner’s tax bills – not a savings to the school district.
During his final report to the board, Neavin gave his annual update on the state of the schools and also thanked many in the community and the school district.
“We continue to be a top school district in the Dayton area and in the state which is evidenced by all of the indicators we seek out to see how we are doing. Our individual student growth from Pre-K to 12 is very pleasing and we lead the area, our ACT scores exceed the state average, scholarships earned by our students continue to grow and we were well over the $6 million mark this year.”
Neavin also noted that the district is “exceptional” in special education and that the Aviator Connections program for non-traditional students is doing very well.
“Our students show up to school, they are taught by outstanding educators, and they enjoy success in our classrooms, the fields of competition, and in the performance hall.”
Neavin thanked the administrative staff, teachers, Treasurer Eric Beavers, and his Secretary, Sally Owens.
“It’s been my pleasure, my honor, and, frankly, a whole lot of fun to work with Eric Beavers,” said Neavin. “What I would say about Eric is that he gets it – whether you are talking about textbooks, lights, driveways, whatever it is he realizes our first and foremost responsibility is to the students. Sally is incredibly conscientious, she is efficient, and, most importantly, she is incredibly patient. I’m proud to call her a colleague, a confidant, and a friend.”
“It’s been a pleasure running the district with you,” said Beavers. “It’s been an honor. You’ve believed in me and we have accomplished a lot of great things. It’s been a great partnership and I’m glad to call you a friend. I wish you the very best.”
The Board also approved the following items in addition to multiple personnel moves:
- A donation of hardwood lumber valued at $15,000 to the Industrial Technology Department at the high school from Hartzell Lumber.
- A contract with eSpark Learning for software and services in an amount of $37,000. The contract will be paid for through federal funds.
- Adopted a resolution for payment in lieu of transportation for students to private schools.
- Adopted the free and reduced lunch program for the upcoming school year.
The Vandalia-Butler Board of Education will hold its next regular meeting on Tuesday, August 22 at 6 p.m. in the Butler High School lecture hall. A work session will be held on Monday, August 7 at 6 p.m. in the large conference room at the Board office.