VANDALIA — The Vandalia-Butler Board of Education recognized student artists for their contributions to the school district’s 2015-16 calendar at its regular meeting Tuesday evening.
The proclamation noted that the school district “helps students understand the importance of work and their contribution to society” and celebrated the district’s “long tradition in the area of visual arts.
Students honored were:
Ava Bradley, Lauren DaGiau, Hallie Dwenger, Tyree Fletcher, Alexandra Gerard, Natalie Harris, Lane Karrick, Davis Ketterer, Alexis King, Xia Lin, Morgan Marshall, Brianna Miller, Calla Nichols, Hanna Oda, Tyler Plyman, Sophia Rushka, Angela Schmitz, Abbie Schoenherr, Shi’ann Storer, Emily Taesler, Alaina Tuttle, and Natalie Walker.
Students were presented a certificate recognizing their accomplishment.
During the Superintendent’s Update, Brad Neavin reported on the work of the Greater Cincinnati School Advocacy Network, a group of 41 school districts dedicated to local control of schools and accountability in charter schools.
Neavin presented a survey conducted by Fallon Research found that nearly 63% of respondents believe that the most innovative ideas for teaching students come from teachers. Less than 3% of respondents named the state legislature and less than 6% named the Ohio Department of Education (ODE).
51% of the respondents said that the local board of education is where control of schools should be based, with 27.1% saying the ODE should control schools.
The survey polled 801 residents of Butler, Clermont, Hamilton, and Warren Counties and had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.46%.
“The survey has a strong probability to reflect the state at large based on how the survey was done,” said Neavin.
The same survey said that 65.5% of respondents believe the the current state testing model either has no effect or actually hurts students.
Another significant finding was that 62.1% of those responding said that they strongly or somewhat disagree with local tax levy funds being shared with for-profit charter schools and online charter schools.
Sam Penewit and Tommy Cope presented High School Happenings for Butler. Penewit noted that club participation has increased significantly this school year since the Pay to Participate fees were eliminated for academic clubs.
“There’s been a new awakening in clubs,” said Penewit. “The History Club has gone from 40 members to 80. The new unified student government is up to 145 members.”
“As a Board member I’m glad to hear that more students are involved in clubs,” said George Moorman.
The students also reported on the fall athletic teams, the Powder Puff game and Spirit Week as part of Homecoming slated for October 10, and the planetarium show at Smith Middle School that talked about Sunday’s lunar eclipse.
Penewit also noted that Cope was recently named an All-American Swimmer by the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association.
The Board also accepted five donations:
- Five IHOP gift cards totalling $25 donated by Linda Buckley to Demmit Elementary for PBIS awards;
- $30 in gift certificates from Bill Matlow, General Manager of Skyline Chili on Miller Lane to Demmit Elementary for PBIS awards;
- $200 from Dysinger Inc. to Helke Elementary towards the purchase of educational software license;
- $139.80 from Helke PTA to Helke Elementary towards the purchase of educational software license;
- Hardwood lumber valued at $15,000 from Hartzell Lumber to the Industrial Technology Department at Butler High School.
The Board also approved the purchase of 270 Dell laptop computers and 12 charging carts from Digital Cowboy IT Solutions in the amount of $78,305.88.
Reach Darrell Wacker at 684-8983 or on Twitter @VandaliaDrummer.