Residents of the Vandalia-Butler City School District,
We are listening to you; our stakeholders. From coffee meetings to community forums to casual conversations, we hear your concerns and are taking action. We have made it a priority to be visible at school and community events to ensure we are accessible to hear your concerns first hand.
As a result of those discussions, we have implemented several initiatives designed to reduce costs, improve education and take back local control of our schools. The cost-savings measures include streamlining our District Administrative expenses, reducing utility costs by installing new technologies, and negotiating our health care plans to provide substantial savings in operational dollars. With each financial decision we make, we evaluate the immediate savings, as well as the long term impacts of the decision on our bottom line.
We have corrected issues in our transportation department and have enhanced the transportation service, providing safer passage to our campuses. In addition, we have continued to expand our educational offerings ensuring our students are prepared and competitive when they leave our district, whether they choose higher education, the military, or the workforce. We have been responsive to, and excelled at, the State’s mandated standards but, just as importantly, continue to maintain and implement programs that are priorities for our community.
Finally, and very importantly, we also have initiated a community-wide conversation to address the overreach of our state policymakers and take back local control of our schools.
On June 23, we voted unanimously to place a 7.11 mill renewal levy on the Nov. 3 ballot for the purpose of avoiding an operating deficit. This levy, which was first passed in 1994, will generate money that represents 13% of our school district’s annual budget. While it provides no additional funding to the district, the renewed commitment of our stakeholders will be used for daily educational services provided to the students of our school district.
Following our recent State of the Schools meeting Aug. 10, which generated a turnout of close to 100 citizens, we have scheduled a second community meeting for Monday, Oct. 12 at 7:00 p.m. in the Butler High School lecture hall. The Board of Education and Administration will use this time to talk about district finances, as well as address other issues and concerns you believe need to be discussed.
Please do not hesitate to contact us personally with your questions, concerns and suggestions. We look forward to hearing from you.
Board of Education, Vandalia-Butler City Schools
Bruce Sucher, President
Raymond “Bud” Zupp, Vice President