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The Vandalia-Butler Foundation is seeking applications for educational grants to fund creative classroom projects in Vandalia-Butler City Schools.

Last year, the Foundation, primarily through its VISIONS Endowment Fund, awarded teachers a record $10,000 in educational grants — and expects to top that mark this year. The deadline is Dec. 1.

Teachers in the district can fill out this grant application and either email it to info@visionsendowmentfund.org or mail to VISIONS Endowment Fund, P.O. Box 722, Vandalia, OH 45377, ATTN: Grants Committee.

Butler Aviators Host first Playoff Game since 2002 Football Playoffs

It has been 16 years since a home playoff game took place at Memorial Stadium for our Aviators.  On Friday, Nov. 2, the Aviators will faceoff with Hamilton-Badin. 

Tickets for the game are $8.00 if purchased in advance.  For all advanced tickets sold, the District will receive $1.20 per ticket. 

Tickets at the gate will cost $9.00.  The district will not receive any of the proceeds from these tickets. 

Calamity Day Plan Set for 2018-2019 School Year

With school now in full swing, it is once again that time to notify you of our district procedures for canceling, delaying, or dismissing school early for emergencies or severe weather. 

Here is the Calamity Day plan for this school year.

Butler Staff Appreciation Football Night! Staff Appreciation Game Night

ICYMI - Yesterday was staff appreciation night for Butler football.  Check out the full photo gallery here. 

Demmitt Elementary Mileage Club Mileage club

During the school year, the B.A.S.E. after-school program at Demmitt Elementary offers a free program called mileage club. The students can walk the track behind the elementary.  For every five miles you walk, you’ll receive a foot toe token.

Summer Food Service Program Assists Students on Break Summer Food Program

Students are eligible to receive free meals at local participating locations. Details of the USDA program, location sites, and serving schedules are available at the link provided.


This institution is an equal opportunity Provider

Butler High School Class of 2018 Butler 2018 Graduation

Friday, May 25, Butler High School held its 2018 graduation ceremony.  The district is very proud of all of our graduates and cannot wait to see what the future holds for each of them.

Click here to view the entire photo gallery!

Class of 2031 Graduates from Preschool Preschool Graduation

The Class of 2031 marked a milestone Wednesday, May 23 as 71 members of the class graduated from the Vandalia Preschool.

You can see more pictures of the graduation in the photo gallery.

Butler High School Celebrates Seniors with Awards Night Senior Awards Night

Monday, May 21, members of the District and the community came together to honor the Butler Class of 2018 at the Senior Awards Night. 

A special thanks to all school and community organizations who award excellence with special recognition and or scholarships.  

Congratulations to all students who were honored, including Grace Cope, this year's Valedictorian and Megan Zins, this year's Salutatorian.  Also, congrats to Baria Choudry for being named "Outstanding Senior" and Allison Baker who won the "Outstanding Senior in Art" award.  

Click here to view the photo gallery

2018 Memorial Program Held at Butler 2018 Memorial Program

The 39th Annual Memorial Program was held at Butler High School Monday, May 21.

Students, staff, community leaders and community members were in attendance, paying tribute to 16 members of the Vandalia-Butler community who died serving our country. The event was first held in 1980

View full photo gallery here! 

Morton Drama Club Presents "The Murder Mystery at the Murder Mystery" Morton Drama

On Thursday, May 17, the Morton Middle School Drama Club presented "The Murder Mystery at the Murder Mystery."  The play was directed and produced by Bobby Khan with assistance from John Page.  Mr. Page was a parent volunteer who assisted with the lights and sound. 

Also, special thank you to Tammy Harris for all her time and hard work with this production and to Principal White.  Without Mrs. White, none of this would be possible, her leadership helps to reach out to students to encourage them to explore, express, an enjoy these types of clubs. 

Click here to view the full photo gallery!  

Community Input on Education for Children with Disabilities Sought

Public input regarding the use of CCIP funds for the upcoming school year is welcome. Public input can be given at a special meeting on April 24 or by sharing comments through the mail or by telephone.


The Vandalia-Butler Foundation, primarily through its VISIONS Endowment Fund, has awarded more than $10,000 in educational grants to support such innovative initiatives as a Muse Machine artist-in-residence at two schools, scientific equipment for Butler High School students and workbooks for academically struggling students at Morton Middle School.

For the first time, the foundation awarded more than $10,000 in grants — thanks largely to the generosity of families and businesses in the district and the creative ideas of teachers who applied for the grants.

Morton 6th Grader Chosen as Art Exhibitor Makenzie Blair

Morton Middle School 6th grader Makenzie Blair took part in the 38th Annual Young People's Art Exhibition sponsored by the Ohio Art Education Association (OAEA).

There were nine regions in Ohio representing the OAEA. The show included 130 student artworks from all over the state.  

Please join us in congratulating Makenzie on this tremendous honor!

Morton Students Enter College Promise Program College Promise

Congratulations to Morton Middle School students Eric Morris and Jack Williams!  Eric and Jack have both been chosen to participate in the College Promise Commitment. With this program, upon their successful completion of high school and the meeting of college entrance requirements, both will be awarded a scholarship! This is a great opportunity for both Eric and Jack!  #AviatorPride



Butler Senior Named Dayton LaSertoma International Youth Service Award Recipient Jenna Albezreh

Butler High School senior Jenna Albezreh was recently named Dayton LaSertoma International Youth Service Award recipient for outstanding volunteer and service activities. Jenna founded TIPS (Teens Inventing Peaceful Solutions) in 2015.  She spoke on behalf of TIPS at the International Network of Museums for Peace in Belfast, Ireland.  Jenna also volunteers as a Youth Coordinator at the Dayton Mercy Society, the Dayton International Peace Museum, and the Islamic Society of North America. She’s also a planning committee member for TEDx Youth Dayton and a tennis trainer for children ages 4-7 at QuickStart Tennis.

Butler High School Students Participate in Youth in Government Day Youth in Government Day

Over 30 Butler High School government students participated in the 2018 Youth in Government Day.  Each student had an opportunity to learn from a local government leader.  Students paired up with leaders from the City of Vandalia, Butler Township, and the Vandalia-Butler Board of Education.  

All participating students now have a better understanding of how local government operates.  This year, nine students learned from leaders from the Board of Education.   

Helke 3rd Grade Ukulele Group Visits BOE Meeting Helke 3rd Ukulele Group

During the Feb. 27, Board of Education Regular Board Meeting, Helke 3rd Grade Ukulele Group performed three songs.  The group is led by music teacher, Pam Horner-Sherman, and consists of 28 students.  

Click "Read More" to view the full videos. 

Board Approves Proclamation of Distinguished Service for Sucher Bruce Sucher

On Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, the Vandalia-Butler Board of Education approved a Proclamation of Distinguished Service for Bruce E. Sucher. 

Sucher was elected to the Vandalia-Butler Board of Education in 2013 and was currently serving as President when he unexpectedly passed away in March of 2017. 

“Bruce E. Sucher distinguished himself as a leader, a role model, and a strong supporter of the students of the Vandalia-Butler City Schools and the Vandalia-Butler Community as a whole,” the proclamation read. 

As part of the proclamation, the Board has declared the week of Feb. 26 as Bruce Sucher Appreciation Week. 

Click here to view the Proclamation 


IMPORTANT MESSAGE - In response to a social media post that has been circulating the internet referencing harming students and staff at Butler High School:

It has been determined the “Butler High School” this post is referring to, is NOT the Butler High School in Vandalia, OH. This post originated from the Louisville, KY area where Butler Traditional High School is located.

Our district takes these matters very seriously and will continue to investigate any and all safety concerns that may arise. The safety of our students and staff is our top priority and because we have a strong relationship with both the Vandalia Police Department and Butler Township Police, we have been fortunate to have a steady presence of law enforcement in our schools. However, in light of the most recent school situations happening nationally and the ongoing social media concerns, an increased presence of law enforcement will be present throughout our district.

VBCSD Hosting Informational Meeting for Parents and Students Vandalia-Butler City Schools

Vandalia-Butler City Schools is hosting a special program tonight, Monday, Feb 12, for all parents and students. Crime Prevention Officer Holly Estepp of the Vandalia Police Department and Community Resource Officer Larry Lane of the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office will present a Social Media Parent and Student Awareness Program. The program will be held in the Butler Performing Arts Theatre and will begin at 6:30 p.m.  

Helke Partners with PSA Airlines For Career Connections Program Career Connections

Helke Elementary is working to provide its students with experiences and connections related to college and career awareness and exposure.  Through a Career Connections program, Helke can partner with local companies to provide students with career exploration opportunities. 

PSA Airlines is a wholly owned subsidiary of American Airlines whose headquarters is located at the Dayton International Airport here in Vandalia

Letter From Superintendent O'Leary Superintendent O'Leary

February 2, 2018


Dear Parents and Guardians,

As you have likely seen in the news, our District has recently experienced several issues involving students sending inappropriate photos and messages via social media.  Unfortunately, this behavior is becoming all too commonplace, and it seems to be happening everywhere; it is not just a problem isolated to Vandalia-Butler. 

Butler Football Gets New Head Coach John Puckett

(Vandalia-Butler)  Vandalia-Butler City Schools is pleased to announce that it has offered John Puckett the position of head varsity football coach at Butler High School.  It will be recommended that the Board of Education approve Puckett as the new coach during the Jan. 23, Regular Board Meeting. 

School Board Holds Annual Organizational Meeting Board of Education 2018

The Vandalia-Butler City School Board held its annual organization meeting on Monday, Jan. 8.  During the meeting, Treasurer/CFO Eric Beavers administrated the oath of office to three newly elected Board Members: Holly Herbst, Melissa Pruszynsk, and Kent Zimmerman. 

After the administration of the oath, the Board took nominations for president and vice-president. 

Rodney Washburn has been nominated and voted in as the 2018 Vandalia-Butler Board of Education President, and Herbst was nominated and voted in as the new Board Vice-President. 

The next Regular Board meeting will be Tuesday, Jan 23 at 5:30 p.m.  

Helke Teachers Receive Three MAC Grants Helke MAC Grant

Helke Elementary was awarded three $500 grants through the 2017 MAC Grants program.  This program is sponsored by local McDonald's owner/operators and has a goal to "Make Activities Count" within the classroom.  Teachers Mirinda Roberts, Amber Pelfrey, Amy Heis, and  Emily Boggs spent part of their winter break shopping at Lakeshore in Columbus, where they were able to purchase $1500 on new classroom materials.  "Our students are going to love all of the new science and math materials for hands-on learning," said Heis.  


Helke 2nd Graders Present Melton the Warm-Hearted Snowman

Vandalia-Butler City School District 8th Annual AP District Honor Roll Recipient AP Honor Roll

(Vandalia-Butler)   The Vandalia-Butler City School District is one of 32 Ohio schools to be named to the College Board's 8th Annual Advanced Placement Honor Roll. This is the third consecutive year Vandalia-Butler has received the award.

A total of 447 school districts in the U.S. and Canada have been named honor roll recipients for 2017.  

The College Board based this year's AP District Honor Roll criteria on AP data from 2015-2017.  

Vandalia-Butler City Schools Adopts “Next Generation” Board Management Technology Board Docs

(Vandalia-Butler)  Vandalia-Butler City Schools is leveraging Cloud-based technology to radically improve the governance process while saving staff time and taxpayer dollars. The remarkably easy-to-use service will allow the organization to maximize the effectiveness of their board meetings with increased transparency, providing a basis for better and more open communication with the public, while dramatically improving productivity and saving thousands of dollars annually.

Preschool Students Spread Holiday Cheer Preschool

Wednesday, Dec. 13, the Vandalia Preschool classes visited the Crossroads Rehabilitation & Nursing Home to spread some holiday cheer.  Both sets of classes performed five holiday songs for the residents and passed out handmade gifts and cards.  

Annual MD Thanksgiving Feast Annual Feast

The MD classrooms at Vandalia-Butler put on their Fall Feast every year on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving.  The students spent all day Monday and Tuesday morning cooking and preparing to welcome our guests.  We feel this is just a small "Thank you" for everything that our administration and staff at Vandalia-Butler Schools do for us and our students so that we are able to provide them with the best education we can!  We are a big family at Vandalia-Butler, and this is such a great way for us to start our Thanksgiving Break and the season of Thankfulness! 

Check out the full photo album here! 

Preschool Students Celebrate Thanksgiving Preschool Feast

Vandalia Preschool students celebrate a traditional Thanksgiving feast as Pilgrims and Native Americans.  Each child brought their favorite food to share with their friends! 

Check out the full photo gallery here!