BUTLER TWP. — The elected officials of the three governmental bodies – Butler Township, the City of Vandalia, and the Vandalia-Butler City Schools – will hold a joint meeting next Monday evening, Aug. 31. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss areas of mutual concern they have regarding state funding, mandates, and other areas.
The meeting will be held at the Butler Township Hall which is located at fire station 88, 3780 Little York Road and will begin at 6 p.m.
The elected officials will be joined by staff from each agency.
“We want to increase our communication with the schools and the city,” said Butler Township Administrator Kim Lapensee. “I think we are all fighting the same issues with the state and we want to communicate that to our elected officials.”
The three entities have traditionally met anytime there is a fifth Monday in a month, and the meetings have mostly been
“Typically this meeting has been a chance to give each other updates on what is happening,” said Vandalia-Butler Schools Superintendent Brad Neavin. “But realistically, we talk to each other and kind of know that already.”
Neavin said that this meeting will be different in that the city, township, and school district are frustrated with funding cuts for local agencies in the state budget at the same time Columbus is increasing mandates which are usually unfunded.
“In all of our conversations, there has been a common thread of frustration with funding cuts and growing mandates,” said Neavin. “It comes back to let the local community run the local community.”
Vandalia City Manager Jon Crusey said the meeting will also focus on ways the three bodies can work together.
“We will talk about areas of mutual concern, some things that maybe we can partner on, and discussing our frustrations and some of the issues they are dealing with,” said Crusey. “Some of those issues with the city and schools are different, but some overlap. Maybe our elected officials can partner and make their voices and concerns heard on the state level.”
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