VANDALIA – BUTLER — Nearly 35 Butler High School students have a little more understanding of how local government operates after participating in this year’s Youth in Government day.
The Optimist Club sponsors the annual event, which is financially supported by Abbey Credit Union, DayAir Credit Union, Mid USA Credit Union and Universal 1 Credit Union.
Juniors and seniors spent time with government leaders from the City of Vandalia, Butler Township and the Vandalia-Butler Board of Education.
Bart Lennartz served as the Vandalia Mayor today and read a proclamation declaring Tuesday Youth in Government Day.
“Teaching students to be involved and knowledgeable about local government is something we should always strive to be doing,” the proclamation read. It went on to urge citizens to show “gratefulness and appreciation to the students, educators, and officials who took part” in the day.
Students were able to shadow and/or act council members, police chiefs, township trustees, and school board members as well as staff counterparts.
The Board of Education held its February business meeting, allowing students to witness the process of how policies are discussed and accepted.
The day ended with all of the participants having lunch and students receiving certificates for their participation in this educational experience.
Participants and their government counterparts were:
City of Vandalia
Mayor Arlene Setzer: Bart Lennartz
Vice Mayor David Lewis: Baria Choudry
Councilmember Bob Ahlers: Zac Barker
Councilmember Mike Blakesly: Carter Lee
Councilmember Candice Farst: Gabby Hernandez
Councilmember Dave Gerhard: Noah Brackman
Councilmember Richard Herbst: Chance Fannin
City Manager Jon Crusey: Chris Gibson
Assistant City Manager Greg Shackelford: Jillian Sugden
Assistant to the City Manager Julie Trick: Alexis Scowden
Communication Manager Rich Hopkins: Nicole Weiss
Deputy Clerk of Council Missy Pruszynski: Emma Childers
Finance Director Bridgette Leiter: Clara Fiori
Fire Chief Chad Follick: Alex Kapis
Law Director Jerry McDonald: Jacob Glenn
Parks and Recreation Director Steve Clark: Hannah Webb
Police Chief Douglas Knight: Jones Kanak
Public Service Director Rob Cron: DJ Hicks
Information Technology Manager Darren Davey: Dave Verano
Trustee President Joe Flanagan: Jacob Lee
Trustee Vice President Mike Lang: Alex Hunter-Hild
Trustee Ken Betz: Tommie Penrod
Fiscal Officer Mark Adams: Adam Doria
Township Administrator Erika Vogel: Dawson Vandervort
Assistant Fire Chief Steve Stein—filling in for vacationing Fire Chief Dan Alig: Abbey Plyman
Police Chief John Porter: Alex Brown
Vandalia-Butler Board of Education
Board of Education President Bruce Sucher: Grace Cope
Board of Education Vice President George Moorman: Troy Luken
Board of Education Member Rodney Washburn: Brice Helman
Superintendent of Schools Brad Neavin: Amanda French
Treasurer/CFO Eric Beavers: Blaine Payton
Director of Pupil Services and Human Resources Rob O’Leary: Joe Jackson
Communications/Public Relations Coordinator Anaka Johnson: Elissa Johnson
Reach Darrell Wacker at 937-684-8983 or on Twitter @VandaliaDrummer.