Board of Education anticipates release state report card

By Darrell Wacker -

VANDALIA — The Vandalia-Butler Board of Education received an update on the district’s anticipated state report card grades during its work session on Monday evening. The report cards are expected to be released on Friday.

While the district is not expecting many changes in the actual letter grades received a year ago, the district could see a significantly higher grade in K-3 literacy according to Brandon Hartley, the Director of Curriculum and Student Services.

Hartley’s projections are based on preliminary figures on state test scores and noted that the figures could change.

Those figures indicate the district will likely meet nine of 23 indicators based on AIR testing results while narrowly missing three others. To meet an indicator, district’s must get an 80% proficiency on those indicators.

Superintendent Rob O’Leary announced that the district’s 2016-17 Quality Profile was available online and printed editions will be available in the Board office by week’s end. (See related story in this edition.)

The Quality Profile is a document produced by many high-performing school district’s around the state that, in their view, paints a more complete picture of student achievement.

“In the era of school accountability, schools are ranked and sorted based upon state standardized test results,” writes Superintendent Rob O’Leary in the introduction of the Quality Profile. “These results, though important, are but one piece of the puzzle. The Vandalia-Butler community has high expectations for the performance of our students, but that performance goes far beyond the scores on state tests.”

The Board had a light agenda which included the July financial report as well as affirming a policy on career advising per the Ohio Revised Code.

The Board also approved the hiring of Caitlin Shumaker to take over as head volleyball coach after the unexpected resignation of first-year coach Mel Dumanlang last week.

Shumaker is the wife of Butler Athletic Director Jordan Shumaker and had a storied playing career and NCAA power Wittenberg University.

O’Leary told the Board that Mrs. Shumaker would not be evaluated or supervised by her husband but instead be evaluated by Butler’s Assistant Principal Shalyn Leighner.

That line of supervision was affirmed when Board Member Missy Pruszynski moved that Mrs. Shumaker be hired under that condition. Shumaker was approved by a 3-0 vote.

Board President Bob Cupp and Vice President Mary Kilsheimer were absent from the meeting.

Prior to adjournment, Pruszynski told the Board that she had attended a Board Candidate Workshop conducted by the Ohio School Boards Association.

“It was very valuable and informative,” said Pruszynski.

The Vandalia-Butler Board of Education will hold its next regular meeting on Tuesday, September 26 at 6 p.m. in the Butler High School Lecture Hall. This meeting will include O’Leary’s State of the Schools report.

The district will also hold an open house at the new Board offices in the former library building at 500 S. Dixie Drive. The open house will be from 4-6 p.m. on Wednesday, September 27.

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.