Vandalia-Butler lowers Pay to Participate fees

By Darrell Wacker -



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VANDALIA – The Vandalia-Butler Board of Education reduced Pay to Participate fees for the second time in three years on Monday evening.

The base rate for students at Morton Middle School and Butler High School will be reduced by one-third and the family cap reduced as well.

At Butler, one athletic activity in 2017-18 will cost $125, down from $187.50. The per-student maximum was reduced to $250 per year, down from $425 this school year.

At Morton, each athletic activity will cost $75, a reduction from the current school year’s $112.50. The per-student maximum is now $150 instead of the current $250.

Academic activities, clubs, and student committees will continue to have no Pay to Participate fees.

“That’s why we are all here – for kids,” said Treasurer Eric Beavers. “When kids can’t have those opportunities it hinders their achievement academically. Sports and extra-curricular activities bring discipline so the better they do in those, the better they do in the classroom. The more opportunities we can provide for them, the more successful they will be, the better students they will be, the better citizens they will be. I’m elated for this second round of reductions we were able to do for the students and their parents.”

“I am pleased that we are able to again make participation in co-curriculars even more accessible to our students,” said Superintendent Bradley Neavin.

Beavers also reported that the district had received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2016. The award was presented by the Government Finance Officers Association.

“I didn’t earn this award by myself – there’s a team behind this,” he said. “My staff, Mr. Neavin, the building staff. All played a role in earning this award.”

In other action, the Board of Education approved the district’s Certificate of Estimated Resources and Appropriations for the Montgomery County Auditor’s office.

Beavers also presented the district’s March financial report. That report shoed the district’s revenue forecast of just over $33.1 million for the fiscal year ending June 30 to be on target with expenditures being slightly less than projected.

“We are in a much stronger position, but not rich by any means,” said Beavers.

Finalizing contract with Premier Health. Best opportunity for us is to renew with Premier Health. Substantial amount of money, but don’t want to say now as we are still negotiating. Nice revenue stream for us.

During the Superintendent’s report, Neavin said that the staff would be recommending the addition of a science teacher at Butler High School and an intervention specialist at Helke Elementary for the 2017-18 school year.

He also said that, in alignment with the strategic plan recently adopted, he hopes to recommend an additional physical education and music teacher for the elementary schools, as well as a Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA) at the elementary schools.

He also noted that he would be recommending Shalyn Leighner, a TOSA at Butler High School, to be named an Assistant Principal at the school based on her current hours and responsibilities.

“She is currently assigned as a TOSA but has, in reality, been serving as in the role and taking the hours of a full-time assistant,” he said.

Neavin also told the Board that he would be finalizing a renewal of the district’s sponsorship agreement with Premier Health and presenting that to the Board possibly as soon as their May 23 meeting.

“For naming rights to the stadium and exclusive sponsorship in our athletic facilities, Premier provides the Vandalia-Butler City School District with athletic training services and an annual payment directly to the district. It is a significant source of revenue.”

Neavin said the current agreement is due to expire at the end of the calendar year.

The Vandalia-Butler Board of Education will hold its next regular meeting on Tuesday, May 23 at 6 p.m. in the Butler High School lecture hall.

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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.