Vandalia-Butler Schools open new year


By Darrell Wacker - dwacker@aimmediamidwest.com



Butler Student Body President Tyree Fletcher welcomed teachers and staff to a new school year on Monday, Aug. 20.

Butler Student Body President Tyree Fletcher welcomed teachers and staff to a new school year on Monday, Aug. 20.


Photo by Darrell Wacker | AIM Media Midwest

David Starry, Pastor of First Light Church, told teachers and staff that his congregation was praying for them during the upcoming school year.


Photo by Darrell Wacker | AIM Media Midwest

Casey Petrae, Vice President of the Butler High School student body, welcomed teachers and staff to a new school year on Monday, Aug. 20.


Photo by Darrell Wacker | AIM Media Midwest

Treasurer Erik Beavers was a throwback to the 1990s as a member of New Kids on the Block during the Vandalia-Butler City Schools opening day pep rally on Monday, Aug. 20.


Photo by Darrell Wacker | AIM Media Midwest

Superintendent Rob O’Leary was a throwback to the 1990s as a member of New Kids on the Block during the Vandalia-Butler City Schools opening day pep rally on Monday, Aug. 20.


Photo by Darrell Wacker | AIM Media Midwest

G2G Solutions President Mark Stusek introduced School Safety Officers to teachers and staff during the Vandalia-Butler City Schools opening day pep rally on Monday, Aug. 20.


Photo by Darrell Wacker | AIM Media Midwest

Vandalia-Butler City Schools staff and teachers dressed as members of the cast of 90s sitcom Saved by the Bell were the winners in the costume contest during the Vandalia-Butler City Schools opening day pep rally on Monday, Aug. 20.


Photo by Darrell Wacker | AIM Media Midwest

VANDALIA — Wednesday saw the opening of the 2018-19 school year in the Vandalia-Butler City Schools. Nearly 2,900 students and 375 staff members converged on Butler High School, Morton and Smith Middle Schools, along with Helke and Demmitt Elementary schools to begin another academic year.

Wednesday also marked the beginning of a new era in the district – that of armed School Safety Officers (SSOs).

Superintendent Rob O’Leary said that opening day and that the safety officers were well received.

“It was great to have students back to school today,” O’Leary said. “The weather was beautiful. All building principals reported great first days of school verifying what I saw as I visited each building this morning – it was a very exciting, positive atmosphere throughout the district. Our SSO’s were well received and had a great first day as well. We will fine tune the typical first day hiccups tomorrow and build on this great start.”

The school year started for staff on Monday with a kickoff breakfast and program that was a throwback to the 1990’s. O’Leary and other top staff were dressed as members of New Kids on the Block while the winning costumes were staff members dressed like characters from Saved by the Bell.

Along with the fun, the day was meant to kick off the year in a positive fashion. Following the Butler fight song performed by the Aviator Marching Band, Kevin Wilson led the assembly in the Star Spangled Banner. Butler Student Body President Tyree Fletcher led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Pastor David Starry, whose First Light Church hosts the breakfast each year, noted how members of the church prayed for the teachers and staff in the district.

“We appreciate what you do, we appreciate the partnership we have in this community, and the impact that you make and hopefully the impact we are making,” said Starry. “We look forward to praying for you and having your back during a really great and successful year.”

Board of Education Vice President Holly Herbst and Vandalia-Butler Education Association President Adam Hess also welcomed staff along with Treasurer Eric Beavers and O’Leary.

Butler Student Body President Tyree Fletcher welcomed teachers and staff to a new school year on Monday, Aug. 20.
https://www.vandaliadrummernews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2018/08/web1_151.jpgButler Student Body President Tyree Fletcher welcomed teachers and staff to a new school year on Monday, Aug. 20. Photo by Darrell Wacker | AIM Media Midwest

David Starry, Pastor of First Light Church, told teachers and staff that his congregation was praying for them during the upcoming school year.
https://www.vandaliadrummernews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2018/08/web1_153.jpgDavid Starry, Pastor of First Light Church, told teachers and staff that his congregation was praying for them during the upcoming school year. Photo by Darrell Wacker | AIM Media Midwest

Casey Petrae, Vice President of the Butler High School student body, welcomed teachers and staff to a new school year on Monday, Aug. 20.
https://www.vandaliadrummernews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2018/08/web1_156.jpgCasey Petrae, Vice President of the Butler High School student body, welcomed teachers and staff to a new school year on Monday, Aug. 20. Photo by Darrell Wacker | AIM Media Midwest

Treasurer Erik Beavers was a throwback to the 1990s as a member of New Kids on the Block during the Vandalia-Butler City Schools opening day pep rally on Monday, Aug. 20.
https://www.vandaliadrummernews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2018/08/web1_160.jpgTreasurer Erik Beavers was a throwback to the 1990s as a member of New Kids on the Block during the Vandalia-Butler City Schools opening day pep rally on Monday, Aug. 20. Photo by Darrell Wacker | AIM Media Midwest

Superintendent Rob O’Leary was a throwback to the 1990s as a member of New Kids on the Block during the Vandalia-Butler City Schools opening day pep rally on Monday, Aug. 20.
https://www.vandaliadrummernews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2018/08/web1_161.jpgSuperintendent Rob O’Leary was a throwback to the 1990s as a member of New Kids on the Block during the Vandalia-Butler City Schools opening day pep rally on Monday, Aug. 20. Photo by Darrell Wacker | AIM Media Midwest

G2G Solutions President Mark Stusek introduced School Safety Officers to teachers and staff during the Vandalia-Butler City Schools opening day pep rally on Monday, Aug. 20.
https://www.vandaliadrummernews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2018/08/web1_164.jpgG2G Solutions President Mark Stusek introduced School Safety Officers to teachers and staff during the Vandalia-Butler City Schools opening day pep rally on Monday, Aug. 20. Photo by Darrell Wacker | AIM Media Midwest

Vandalia-Butler City Schools staff and teachers dressed as members of the cast of 90s sitcom Saved by the Bell were the winners in the costume contest during the Vandalia-Butler City Schools opening day pep rally on Monday, Aug. 20.
https://www.vandaliadrummernews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2018/08/web1_165.jpgVandalia-Butler City Schools staff and teachers dressed as members of the cast of 90s sitcom Saved by the Bell were the winners in the costume contest during the Vandalia-Butler City Schools opening day pep rally on Monday, Aug. 20. Photo by Darrell Wacker | AIM Media Midwest

By Darrell Wacker

dwacker@aimmediamidwest.com

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

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