Larger than normal audience helps Board of Education open new offices


By Darrell Wacker

dwacker@AIMMediaMidwest.com

VANDALIA — A larger than usual audience attended as the Vandalia-Butler Board of Education held its first meeting in its new board offices on Tuesday.

The Board offices moved to the former Dayton Metro Library branch in front of Butler Memorial Stadium during the first week in August. The building has been undergoing a renovation since early this year to accommodate the school offices.

The Board of Education’s former building, located at 306 S. Dixie Drive, will be demolished at Dayton Metro Library expense as the final part of the new library construction project. Demolition is expected to begin in October.

“(Former Superintendent) Mr. Neavin brought in a new spirit three years ago and I think that spirit is not only here and enhanced but is also going to increase by the addition of (Superintendent) Mr. O’Leary,” said Board President Bob Cupp. “I hope we use this meeting in this building as a starting point of that.”

The renovation project for the Board of Education offices was managed by Energy Optimizers, USA, LLC and cost nearly $600,000.

“It feels like a privilege as a Board Member to sit up here in a brand new facility,” said Board Member George Moorman. “What we came out of was relatively old. It’s nice to see we have a community that appreciates nice things too. You being here tonight is a great sign of support from the community.”

During Tuesday’s meeting, the Board authorized Treasurer/CFO Eric Beavers to execute the documents to transfer the former Board office to the Library Board of Directors and vice versa.

Superintenent Rob O’Leary announced that the district will hold a ribbon cutting and open house in conjunction with the Vandalia-Butler Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 4 p.m.

O’Leary also reported that the district will be seeking appraisals and advertising for bids to learn the value of the former Murlin Heights Elementary School property both with and without the current building in place. The district will also advertise for bids to determine the cost of demolishing the building to determine the best way to market the property.

The Board also accepted donations of:

  • $500.00 from the Vandalia Senior Citizens Club to Butler High School Instrumental/Vocal
  • $500.00 from the Vandalia Senior Citizens Club to Butler High School National Honor Society
  • $500.00 from the Vandalia Senior Citizens Club to Butler High School BPAA
  • Orton-Gillingham materials valued at $636.07 from Elizabeth De-Armond to Smith Middle School

“I’d like to thank the Senior Center for their continued support,” said Board Member Missy Pruszynski.

Pruszynski also thanked Mayor Arlene Setzer and Board of Education candidate Holly Herbst for attending the meeting.

Board Member Rodney Washburn was not in attendance.

In other action, the Board approved personnel items, approved an estimate for fiscal year 2018 for special education services with the Greene County ESC, and approved changes to the Ohio Association of School Business Officials (OASBO) Section 457 Plan to allow Roth 45(b) contributions by employees. The plan is funded entirely by employee elective contributions and costs the district nothing.

The board adjourned into executive session to discuss the performance evaluations of O’Leary and Beavers.

Reach Darrell Wacker at 937-684-8983 or on Twitter @VandaliaDrummer.

 

The Vandalia-Butler Board of Education held its first meeting in the newly renovated Board offices that formerly housed the Vandalia Branch Library. Pictured left to right are Treasurer/CFO Eric Beavers, Board Members Missy Pruszynski, George Moorman, Board President Bob Cupp, and Board Member Mary Kilsheimer.

Donna Shirley, President of the Vandalia Senior Citizens Club, presents a check to Sally Slaton of the Butler High School National Honor Society.

Donna Shirley, President of the Vandalia Senior Citizens Club, presents a check to Kevin Wilson for use in the Butler High School instrumental and vocal department.

Donna Shirley, President of the Vandalia Senior Citizens Club, presents a check to Kurt Westfall for use in the Butler High School band program.

 

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