Vandalia-Butler City Schools Superintendent to retire in July

By Darrell Wacker -


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VANDALIA — Vandalia-Butler City Schools Superintendent Bradley Neavin will retire effective July 31.

Neavin’s announcement came in the form of a press release on Friday afternoon along with the release of the agenda for Tuesday’s Board of Education Meeting. The Board of of Education is expected to vote on Neavin’s resignation for the purpose of retirement as well as the appointment of Rob O’Leary as Assistant Superintendent at that meeting.

O’Leary is currently serving the district as the Director of Pupil Services and Human Resources. He has been a teacher, coach, and an administrator. O’Leary served as a building principal, Curriculum Specialist, Operations Director, Director of Pupil Services, and the Director of Human Resources.

“Rob is an exceptional educator who is skilled in all areas of administration. I am pleased that the Board has recognized him as a strong candidate and will be looking closely at him as the next superintendent. He is ready, and he deserves to move into the next level of his career. More importantly, if the Board decides to move forward with him, the students and this community deserve someone of his caliber,” said Neavin.

Neavin’s retirement comes after a 32 year career in education as a teacher, high school assistant principal, elementary principal, high school principal, and Superintendent.

Neavin has served as Superintendent since 2013 when he succeeded Christy Donnelly. Neavin signed a three year extension in 2016 that would have expired in July, 2019.

“We are broken hearted by Brad’s departure,” said Board of Education President Bob Cupp. “He told us in his initial interview that this day may come, contingent on the conditions at the time. He is a great leader, who knows how to build people, programs and buildings.”

Neavin’s announcement comes a little over a month after the death of Board of Education President Bruce Sucher. Sucher’s death led to the appointment of Melissa Pruszynski to the board. Three seats on the five member board are up for election this fall, including Pruszynski’s. Another seat may possibly turn over as Board Member Mary Kilsheimer is considering resigning due to family issues that are requiring significant time out of state.

“Brad’s retirement is a loss not only for our district, but also for our community,” said Board of Education member Missy Pruszynski. “His spirit, drive and hard work have made a noticeable difference to the students, families and communities in which he has served throughout his career. Brad’s quick and swift resurrection of the district is sincerely appreciated. We wish Mr. Neavin a happy, healthy, “We Are Aviators” kind of retirement!”

“I wish Brad the best,” said Board Member Rodney Washburn. “The Board is sad to hear he is retiring. We look forward to a smooth transition.”

“It’s sad,” said Board Member Mary Kilsheimer. “He’s done a tremendous job for us and is tremendously talented. We wish him well in his retirement.”

“The Vandalia-Butler Board of Education, the administration, the staff, and the community will be forever grateful for what Mr. Neavin has done for the district and the community,” said Cupp. “We all wish Brad our very best as he and his lovely wife Mary, both retire together and start living the dream.” photo

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By Darrell Wacker

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

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