VANDALIA — The Vandalia-Butler Board of Education honored five retirees with a reception and a proclamation on Tuesday evening.
Retiring are Linda Powers, Janie Henderson, Nancy Claiborne, Ricky Rose, and Brad Neavin.
“Staff inspires students to thing strategically and to integrate experience and knowledge to formed reasoned judgments,” the proclamation reads. “(They) role model for our students the value of hard work and their contribution to society. They deserve our respect and appreciation.”
Jenna Al-Bezreh, next year’s student body president, and Sam Fischer, incoming Vice President, presented high school happenings to the board.
“We are honored to serve a beautiful community and outstanding people,” said Al-Bezreh.
The board also recognized grant recipients. Receiving grants were:
From VISIONS: An Eye for the Future Fund
- Demmitt Elementary School: Beth Dahlinghaus $2,100 grant for first grade students’ participation in the artist-in-residence program/Muse Machine
- Butler High School: Jennifer Cornell $950 grant for baby simulators
- Smith Middle School: Fourth grade team $2,214 grant for fourth grade trip to Camp Kern
From the Vandalia-Butler Foundation was the Smith Middle School Fourth grade team in the amount of $800 for the Camp Kern Trip.
From the VISIONS: Orville M. Cotterman Fund was the Vandalia-Butler Preschool: Denise Treadway. The preschool was granted $600 for a yoga preschool program and $150 for a printer/copier and toner.
From the Patterson Family Foundation was the Vandalia-Butler Preschool: Denise Treadway $1,500 to create a preschool library.
Superintendent Neavin also noted that the Butler Class of 2017 has earned nearly $6.5 million in scholarships.
“What is outstanding is not just the amount, but the amount that comes from local people and groups,” said Neavin. “I want to give a big thank you to the community.”
The board also accepted a donation of $54.75 from Smith Middle School fourth grader Trevor Terry towards the purchase of new playground equipment. Trevor raised the money by selling candy bars in his neighborhood and also presented Treasurer Eric Beavers with another $100 in donations.
“People bought more than one candy bar,” said Terry. “I sold out in minutes.”
Finally, the board approved:
- A partnership with Project Lead the Way to begin a STEM-based curriculum next school year at Morton and Smith Middle Schools. Director of Curriculum Brandon Hartley described the program as “pretty robust” and said it will include biomedical and engineering.
- Membership in the Ohio High School Athletic Association for Morton Middle School and Butler High School for the 2017-18 school year.
- Authorized Neavin and Beavers to contract with the Montgomery County Educational Service Center for Special Education Services for the 2017-18 school year.
- Welcomed three new teachers to the district for the 2017-18 school year. Dora Grogean and Victoria Scarbrough will join the district as preschool intervention specialists and Christopher Mack will teach science at Butler High School.
The Vandalia-Butler Board of Education will hold its next regular meeting on Tuesday, June 27 at 5 p.m. at the Vandalia Recreation Center. The location has been moved because the Taste of Vandalia is the same night at the Recreation Center.
The board will hold a work session on Monday, June 12 at 6 p.m. in the Board of Education conference room.
Reach Darrell Wacker at 937-684-8983 or on Twitter @VandaliaButler.