VANDALIA — The Vandalia-Butler City Schools held a ribbon cutting and open house at its new board office on Wednesday afternoon.
After the national anthem was performed by the Butler High School Chamber Choir and the fight song played by the Marching Aviators, Superintendent Rob O’Leary thanked those in attendance for participating in the day.
After remarks from former Superintendent Bradley Neavin, Treasurer Eric Beavers, and Board of Education Vice President Mary Kilsheimer, O’Leary recounted the history of the campus on Dixie Drive.
The board office was recently relocated to the former Dayton Metro Library building after being in its fomer location at the north end of the parcel for over 60 years.
“Since 1956 the old office served us well,” said O’Leary. “The former office was repurposed many times over…to adjust to the ever changing needs of the school district.”
O’Leary lauded the partnership with Dayton Metro Library that enabled a new library to be built and the board offices to relocate.
“It was a true community partnership,” said O’Leary.
The former library building has been undergoing a renovation since early this year to accommodate the school offices. The Board of Education’s current building, located at 306 S. Dixie Drive, will be demolished at library expense and turned into green space.
The renovation was managed by Energy Optimizers, USA, LLC and cost nearly $600,000.
“The office is simple yet classy,” said O’Leary. “Open and transparent, and very student centered. Students are the heart of our mission and that of this community, and we hope that is ever apparent when you walk in and, when you leave, we hope that is the impression that is left with you.”
The demolition of the former board office is the final part of the library construction project and will be completed this fall.
Reach Darrell Wacker at (937) 684-8983 or on Twitter @VandaliaDrummer.
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