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Vandalia-Butler Optimist Club Essay Contest

2018 Vandalia-Butler Optimist Club Essay Contest


The Vandalia-Butler Optimist Club is excited to once again sponsor its annual essay contest! The contest is open to any students living within the boundaries of the Vandalia-Butler School District, including home-schooled students. Contest information is being distributed to St. Christopher School, homeschool groups, as well as Smith Middle School, Morton Middle School, and Butler High School.

Monetary prizes will be awarded to students submitting the top essays. Essays will be judged based on three age categories: Grades 4/5, Grades 6-8, and Grades 9-12.

Winners will be invited to attend the noon Optimist meeting on March 7 or 14 (To be determined) with their families to share their entries and receive their prize.

The overall winner will also be entered into the District contest. The winner of the District contest will receive a plaque and a $2,500 scholarship.



2018 Vandalia-Butler Optimist Club Essay Contest

Rules and Entry Information


Essay subject: Can society function without respect?


Deadline for entry: Entries must be submitted on or before Friday, February 2, 2018, to Darrell Wacker, contest chairperson, by email at dwacker@aimmediamidwest.com.


1. Participants must write on the official topic.

2. Each entry must begin with a title page containing: the official topic, number of words, writer’s name, address, phone number, name of school and date of birth.

3. At the top of page 1 should be the official topic and the number of words (penalty of 2 points for lack of topic and 5 points for failure to identify the total number of words correctly).

4. Essays must be typewritten and double-spaced. (Deduction of 5 points)

5. Essays must contain at least 700 words but no more than 800 words. Every word of the essay is counted. This does not include the title, bibliography or footnotes. Hyphenated words count as 1 word (Deduction of 5 points for each 25 words over/under limit).

6. Each page of the essay must be numbered starting with page 1 of the essay, not the title page. The numbers must be centered at the bottom of each page.

7. Any quotations or copyrighted material used must be identified properly.. Failure to identify non-original material will result in disqualification.

8. No references can be made in the essay that identifies the student, parents, school, community, sponsoring Optimist Club or District. (Deduction of 5 points or fraction based on degree of identification)


*Note these rules are identical to rules for District contest so that winner’s essay will qualify for entry.

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Textbook Adoption Community Review



Textbook Adoption Community Review

It is the legal responsibility of the Board of Education to approve all textbooks used as part of the educational program of this District. No such textbook will be approved which is not on a list duly filed in the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. (2510)

The Superintendent shall develop administrative guidelines for the selection and maintenance of all educational and instructional materials and equipment. The guidelines shall include a plan for the review of instructional materials by staff and parents. (2520)

In an effort to engage parents and community members and following board policy, the Vandalia-Butler City Schools has created a section of our website detailing curriculum and textbooks being considered for use in our schools.  All items up for adoption will be posted on this site and made available for public review.  We welcome your feedback on these materials. 

To be a part of this process, community members can review the items for 21 days at the Board of Education offices, 500 S. Dixie Dr. during normal business hours (M-F 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.). Upon reviewing the materials, comments can be sent to Brandon Hartley, Director of Curriculum at brandon.hartley@vbcsd.com

We welcome your input as we continue to research new sources and types of classroom materials to provide our students with the very best educational experience.

January 2018 

Donated Books and Media Books for Jan 2018 Board Approval - public viewing Dec. 12, 2017 - Jan. 22, 2018

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Board of Education

Elected from the community by the community, the Board of Education is charged with charting a course for student achievement. Board members approve the policies and programs that bolster classroom learning and support the district’s athletics and arts programs. Their decisions ultimately affect the district’s long-term success and, by extension, the entire community.

To make the best, most educated decisions, the district’s board members spend countless hours of personal time on research, training, and seminars. They work with parents, educators, and other community members to ensure the district’s vision and direction meet stakeholders’ expectations. They ask informed questions about student programming and district finances. And they check that the district’s initiatives are in sync with the five-year strategic plan, VBCS 2016: Innovation Destination.

Board of Education Meeting

The Board of Education generally meets at 6 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of the month for regular business meetings and on varying dates for work session meetings. Regular business meetings and workshop sessions are typically held at the Board of Education, (500 S. Dixie). 

Meeting times, dates, and locations are subject to change; call (937) 415-6400 to verify dates and times.

Board of Education Meeting Schedule, revised 1/8/2018

Addressing the Board

The Board welcomes public input. Time is set aside at every regular business meeting to ask questions or comment on district policies, procedures, and events. Please note that the Board of Education cannot respond to your questions or concerns during the meeting.

You are also welcome to write to the Board in care of Vandalia-Butler City Schools at 500 S. Dixie Drive, Vandalia, Ohio, 45377

Contact the Board

Rodney Washburn                                                   

President Rodney Washburn                          Vice President Holly Herbst
(937) 415.6680                                                  (937) 415.6678
rodney.washburn@vbcsd.com                           holly.herbst@vbcsd.com

Mary Kilsheimer                                                 Missy Prusynski

Mary Kilsheimer                                               Melissa Pruszynski
(937) 415.6681                                                  (937) 415.6679
mary.kilsheimer@vbcsd.com                             missy.pruszynski@vbcsd.com


Kent Zimmerman

(937) 415.6682



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


(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.

The board management solution, called BoardDocs Pro, is an efficient paperless agenda solution on the market. Leveraging state-of-the-art technology, BoardDocs Pro adds board management tools including Comprehensive Meeting Management, Policy Management and a Multi-purpose Library.

BoardDocs Pro uses a structured, collaborative Workflow that is specifically designed to meet the unique needs and legal requirements of public school boards. Further, the electronic distribution will not only save time and resources, but it will also provide unprecedented public access via the Vandalia-Butler City School’s Web site to agenda items and other board-related information. This process will allow interested parties to review information prior to meetings. After the meeting, individuals can review the agenda items and see what action the board took, complete with voting results. Documents associated with the meeting are automatically archived and can be accessed by date or by using the system’s comprehensive Search feature.

The new board management features can be accessed via the organization’s Web site at www.vbcsd.com. For questions regarding the governance initiative, contact Sally Owens, 937.415.6416. 




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