School News

Board Approves Drone Resolution

The Vandalia-Butler Board of Education approved 5-0 a resolution prohibiting drones at athletic contests on Vandalia-Butler City Schools District property.

The vote came at the regular meeting of the Board of Education Tuesday, Sept. 29.

Student Artists Recognized for Work in Calendar

Some of the featured artists in this year's District Calendar were on hand at the Tuesday, Sept. 29 Board of Education meeting held in Butler High School's Lecture Room.

Demmitt Students Rock Kids Read Now!

It's official, the students of Demmitt Elementary School had the highest participation and completion rates of any school in the Kids Read Now program this summer.

Boosters Need Your Support

The Butler Athletic Boosters invite you and your friends to support our student- athletes, cheerleaders and coaches and test drive a car with a booster member on Oct. 3 from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 the Rec. Center. Our goal is to secure 300 drivers which would guarantee a $6,000 contribution from Ford.

Mum Pick Up Scheduled for Sept. 4

The Mums are here! Or at least they will be Friday!

If you ordered mums through the 4th Annual Vandalia Butler Cross Country Mum Sale you should pick up your order at the football stadium (by the tennis courts) between 2:30 and 5:30 Friday, Sept. 4.

School Bus Safety is Key

It's the first day of school and that means more traffic on the roads, including school buses.  So keep our students safe and follow these tips from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

Cheerleaders Raise Money with Play for a Cure

Aug. 28 the Butler Cheerleaders will once again be sponsoring the Play for a Cure Football Game in honor of Blake LaForce, a former Aviator who lost his battle with Leukemia.

Football Kicks Off with Charity Game

Football kicks off this Friday with the Jamboree against Beavercreek but the big winners will be area charities.

Cross Country Team Sells Mums

The Butler Cross Country Team is selling mums again this year.  Orders will be taken through Aug. 20 with pick up of the flowers at the football stadium Sept. 4.

Still Time to Join Boosters

It’s not too late to join the Boosters for the 2015-2016 school year.  You have until Aug. 11 to join this supportive organization and be recognized in the Fall Sports Program.

Summer Food Service Available

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

Summer Food Service Program 2015


Lady Aviator Summer Basketball Camp

Young ladies in grades 3-8...looking to hone your basketball skills? The Butler High School Lady Aviators Coaching Staff and current players are hosting a summer basketball camp, June 1-4 at Butler High School. Four fun-filled days of skill instruction, practice, and games. Register by May 15. See the flyer below for more information or contact Coach Bardonaro at 

Lady Aviator Summer Basketball Camp

Butler Band Fundraiser at Max and Erma's

Please support the Butler Bands this Monday, May 4th at Max & Erma's on Miller Lane.  Simply present the attached flier with your bill and Max & Erma's will generously donate 20% of the cost of your meal to the Butler Bands.  Proceeds will be used to purchase the new drum line equipment necessary to the success of the Bands.  The flier is valid all day for both dine in and take out orders.  Bring your friends and family.  Join us for dinner and beginning at 6:30PM you will be treated to performances by our talented Brass, Wind, and Saxophone Quintets.   They have been working hard to bring these performances to you to show their appreciation for your support.  Thanks!

Band Max and Erma flyer

Request for Proposal for Transportation Services

Vandalia-Butler City Schools has released a Request for Proposal for Transportation Services. The district will be accepting proposals through Noon May 12, 2015 and expect to award the winning proposal by June 1, 2015. The Request for Proposal can be viewed by clicking here.

Community Input Meeting for Children With Disabilities

Community Input on Education for Children with Disabilities Sought

The Vandalia-Butler City School district receives funds through the Ohio Department of Education via the Consolidated Continuous Improvement Plan (CCIP).  Monies received through IDEA-B are used to provide special education services for students with identified disabilities.  Title I funds are used to provide reading and early literacy interventions to qualified students while Title II funds are used for targeted professional development, which must align with goals outlined in the CCIP.

Public input regarding the use of these funds for the upcoming school year is welcome.  Public input can be given at a special meeting on April 28, 2015, from 6 – 7 p.m., in the conference room at the Board of Education office, 306 South Dixie Drive, Vandalia, Ohio, 45377.  Comments can also be sent to Pupil Services, 306 South Dixie Drive, Vandalia, Ohio 45377.  The phone number is 415-6400.

Butler Softball "Strike Out Cancer" Event

The  Butler Softball team would like to invite you to our Strike Out Cancer event on April 17th at Stonequarry Park.  We will have pink wrapped trucks from Barker Heating and Air Conditioning and R. B. Jergens there for the evening along with a photobooth and games for kids to play and prizes to win! A representative from the Pink Ribbon Girls will be throwing out the first pitch during the Northmont vs Butler game starting at 4:30p.m. Attached is a t-shirt order form for this event if anyone would like to order a FABULOUS pink t-shirt to help the softball team's efforts to raise money for the Pink Ribbon Girls.  All proceeds made during the night will go to the Pink Ribbon Girls Tipp City Division.

Game schedule:
Northmont vs. Butler-4:30p.m.
Brookville vs Northmont- 6:30p.m.
Brookville vs. Butler- 8:30p.m.

Please e-mail Cortney Bastion at your order before Friday, April 10th.

Pink T-shirt order form

Thanks for your support!

Butler Band Fundraiser at Chipotle

Support the Butler Bands by dining at Chipotle on Miller Lane! Dine in or take out on Monday, April 13 from 5:00-9:00 PM. For your convenience, order online and go directly to check-out! Mention you’re supporting the Butler Bands and 50% of the cost of your order will be donated to the Butler Bands! No coupon or flyer is necessary. Spread the word! Bring your familt and friends! We thank you for your support!

Chipotle Flyer

Butler Band Raffle for Dayton Dragons Tickets

Please support the Butler Bands by purchasing Dayton Dragons Raffle Tickets from your favorite band member.  You can also mail a check for the amount of the number of tickets you'd like to purchase made payable to the BPAA to PO Box 192 Vandalia 45377 and we'll fill out the ticket for you.  Please be sure to include your phone number.  Tickets are $20 each or 6 for $100 for a chance to win an evening in a VP Suite at the Dragons Game vs the Lansing Lugnuts on May 18th for you and 19 of your friends, family members or co-workers.  You'll also receive 2 VIP parking passes.  All proceeds will go toward the purchase of very much needed new drum line equipment for the Award Winning Butler Bands. The winning ticket will be drawn on May 1st.  Contact Irene Fishbein @ 264-0368 or 902-8893 for information.

BHS Spring Musical Les Miserables

Butler's Spring Musical "Les Miserables - School Edition" will be performed this weekend, March 19, 20 and 21 at 7:00 PM in the Butler Performing Arts Theater. Tickets are on sale now, and may be purchased in the high school front office, or reserved by calling 415-6422. 

School Safety Community meeting

Superintendent Brad Neavin will host a School Safety Community meeting on Tuesday, March 3 at 7:00 PM in Butler High School's Performing Arts Theater. All parents, staff, and community members are invited to attend.

School Evacuation Update

Shortly before dismissal on Tuesday, February 24, a bomb threat was discovered on a bathroom wall at Butler High School. Vandalia-Butler City schools immediately contacted the police and quickly evacuated students as a precautionary measure.

The police department brought in bomb-sniffing dogs from four area law enforcement agencies to sweep the school. No evidence of a bomb was discovered.

“There is no evidence that this was a credible threat, and I am confident that student safety is not at risk,” said Superintendent Brad Neavin. “I’d like to thank our first responders for their immediate and thorough response, and our staff and students for calmly and efficiently following the protocols we have in place for emergency evacuations.”

Butler High School will be open as scheduled on February 25. Neavin noted that school counselors will be on hand if students need assistance.

“Student safety is paramount at our district, and any threat to student safety is addressed immediately,” said Neavin. “Over the next several days, we are going to remind our students about the gravity of making threats and the resources that are available to them should they need assistance, an outlet or just someone to talk to.”

A School Safety Community Meeting has been scheduled for March 3 at 7 p.m. in the Butler High School Performing Arts Theater. District administrators will share more information about steps that are being taken to reinforce student safety.

Internet Safety Presentation

On Thursday, February 26, Morton Middle School will be hosting an Online Safety presentation from Larry Lane, Community Resource Officer with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department.  The event will take place at 6:00 pm in the Morton cafeteria. All interested students and parents are invited to attend. See the attached flyer for more information.

Internet Safety Presentation

Butler Students To Play In Tri-State Honor Band

Four students from the Butler High School Symphonic Band will be performing in the Tri-State Honor Band on Saturday, February 21st at Wright State University. 

Visions Fundraiser At Chipotle Feb. 23

Make dinner a selfless act by joining us for a fundraiser to
support Visions Endowment Fund. Come into the 6759 Miller
Lane Chipotle on Monday, February 23rd, from 5:00pm to
9:00pm. Bring in the attached flyer, show it on your smartphone or tell
the cashier you're supporting the cause to make sure that 50%
of the proceeds will be donated to Visions Endowment Fund.

Visions Chipotle fundraiser flyer

Butler Students To Perform in District Honor Band

Ten exceptional musicians from the Butler Symphonic Band will be performing in the OMEA District XII Honor Band Concert.


The Butler High School guidance department will host a FAFSA preparation evening on February 18th with representatives from Sinclair Community College for all interested high school students and parents to help with completion of the application for Federal Student Aid. This FREE session is for ANY student attending a college or university, not just Sinclair College. Come and get help filling out this sometimes confusing application! For more information, contact Mark Peck at (937) 415-6311 or at

FAFSA Night flyer

The Butler Girls Basketball game tonight against Greenville has been cancelled.
Butler High School Guidance Department Rolls Out Text Reminders

The Guidance Department has set up an account that will send out text messages or emails to you specific to your graduating class.  To sign up all you have to do is send a text with a short message.  Click on the appropriate link below for your graduating class for specific directions.  

Class of 2015

Class of 2016

Class of 2017

Class of 2018

Softball Fundraiser at Chipotle Tonight!

Butler Softball will be holding a fundraiser at Chipotle on Miller Lane tonight starting at 4:30p.m.! If you need an idea for dinner please stop by and support our team.  I have been told that it can get a little crazy on nights like these, so if you don't want to stand in line order on-line and hand the flyer to the cashier when you pick it up!!!

Softball Chipotle Flyer

Boys Soccer Game Re-Scheduled

Last evening's cancelled high school boys soccer game against Beavercreek will be played tonight at Beavercreek at 5:30.

Butler Marching Band to play at MSBA and OMEA Championships this weekend

Help us cheer on the amazing Butler High School Marching Band at MSBA Championships Saturday, 11/8 @ 3:00pm at Kings High School and at OMEA State Finals on Sunday, 11/9 @ 12:30pm at UD's Welcome Stadium. The show is so exciting. It's a must see. Hope to see you there!

Kindergarten Registration for Fall 2015

Kindergarten registration in the Vandalia-Butler City Schools District is underway!  Parents are encouraged to register their kindergartners early in order to avoid the last minute rush in August.

Children must reach 5 years of age on or before August 1, 2015, to be eligible to enroll for kindergarten for the fall of 2015.

Registration packets are available:
•    At Demmitt and Helke elementary schools (office hours:  8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)
•    At the Central Enrollment Office at the Board of Education, 306 South Dixie Drive, Door #4      (office hours:  8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
•     Click here for our Kindergarten Enrollment Packet

All completed packets must be returned to the Central Enrollment Office, by appointment only. After you have completed the enrollment packet and have all the required documentation, please call 415-6410 to schedule your appointment.

This year, Passport to Safety will be held at the start of the school year on Thursday, August 20th, Friday, August 21st, and Monday, August 24th during regular school hours.

Butler Students Wow Audience at TEDx

Seniors Holly Simones, Abby Edwards and Sam Penewit joined a talented group of area high school students participating in the inaugural TEDxYouth@Dayton event at Wright State University's Apollo Room Friday, Sept. 25.

Butler Students To Take the Stage at TEDx Event

Butler High School’s Holly Simones and Abby Edwards will be joining students from five other Dayton area high schools this Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the inaugural TEDxYouth event at Wright State University’s Apollo Room.

Register Now for Next Level Wrestling Camp

Vandalia-Butler is hosting the Next Level Wrestling Camp, June 8-11 at Butler High School. Coaches and premier former student atheletes will provide instruction and drills to students of all ages, from kindergarten to seniors. Register today by clicking here for the registration form.

Marching Band Competition Oct. 11

Butler High School Marching Aviators will compete at the Pride of LaSalle Invitational on Saturday, October 11th (3091 W. North Bend Rd. in Cincinnati).  Their performance time is 7:30PM.  The competition begins at 4:00PM  Come out and support our Award Winning Marching Aviators and enjoy some great marching band shows.So far this season, Butler's Marching Band has been performing very well at competitions; 2nd place in our division in 2 consecutive competitions, 6th overall out of 14 bands. Go Aviators!

Transportation Parent meeting October 28

There will be a Parent Transportation meeting from 6:00 to 7:00pm, prior to the regular session Board of Education meeting, on October 28 in the Butler High School lecture room. Please enter the building via the north parking lot door.

Celebrate My Drive

State Farm Insurance is sponsoring Celebrate My Drive.  It is a program that encourages teens to make positive choices as they begin driving, like 2N2…2 eyes on the road, 2 hands on the wheel.  Local agents Steve Reed and David Yenny are willing to do whatever is needed to assist us with this contest.


Butler Wrestling/Blake LaForce Turkey Trot

The Butler Wrestling team will be sponsoring a 5K Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving day to contribute to the Blake LaForce "41" Foundation.

Basketball Tickets On Sale

Boys Basketball season tickets are now available. Order now and get in on the fun!

Community invited to attend Alumni Courtyard dedication
Board Passes Local Control Resolution

At the Vandalia-Butler City Schools Board of Education April 28 meeting, the school Board voted unanimously to pass A Resolution To Take Back Local Control of their school district. The passage of the resolution sends a strong message to Ohio's lawmakers concerning returning control of schools to those who have direct control of them, specifically local school Board members. A copy of the resolution can be found here

Chipotle Fundraiser Benefits Girls' Baskets

Hey Chipotle lovers, here's your chance to support the girls' basketball team next Tuesday, Sept. 29 from 4:30 - 8:30.  

Bring in the special flyer to the Chipotle on 6759 Miller Lane and 50% of the proceeds of your order will support the Butler girls' basketball program.

Go Aviators!

Planetarium Opens for New Season

Be sure to catch a show at the historic Vandalia-Butler Planetarium at Smith Middle School.  In, "The Dome," shows are appropriate for all ages, always free and open to students, parents and community members.  These entertaining shows are guaranteed to make you smarter while putting a smile on your face.   

This year's planetarium schedule will premiere with "Super Blood-Moon Eclipse Apocalypse," Saturday, Sept. 26 at 7:00 p.m.

Demmitt Elementary named School of Promise

Demmitt Elementary has been named a 2014 Ohio School of Promise by Ohio Department of Education Superintendent Richard Ross for the second straight year.

Help Butler Wrestlers PIN Leukemia!

Butler Wrestling is asking for your help in pinning down Leukemia through a pledge based upon our team’s number of pins this season.

Superintendent Neavin Provides Transportation Update in Letter to Parents

In a letter to parents of Vandalia-Butler students, Superintendent Brad Neavin provides an update on the efforts to improve the performance of school transportation provider First Student, Inc.

Athletic Dept. Pork Chop Dinner

Butler's Athletic department is sponsoring a Pork Chop dinner complete with all the fixins on October 24.

Comfort Food for a Cause

Morton PTO and Bob Evans on Miller Lane are teaming up for a fundraiser to help support Morton Middle School students and staff.

For the entire weekend of Sept. 25-27, a portion of any meal payment which includes a Community Fundraiser Flyer will benefit the school.  Bob Evans will donate 15% of that check to Morton PTO.

Calamity Day Procedures Announced

It may be too early to think about snow days, but it's not too early to know the procedure for canceling, delaying or dismissing school early for emergencies or severe weather.

Butler Band Fundraiser at Chipotle


The Bands of Butler HS need your support to replace our aging drum line equipment as well as other instruments.  Please support our Fundraiser at Chipotle on Miller Lane on Monday, October 27th from 5 - 9 PM.  Present the flier to the cashier or simply mention you're there in support of the Butler Bands and Chipotle will donate 50% of the cost of your meal to our Band program.

Chipotle fundraiser

Construction Continues on New Library

Crews have done a lot to prepare the site for the new $7.8 million Vandalia Branch Library but it's still early in the construction phase on S. Dixie Drive.

Test Drive Could Earn $6000

Come Drive One 4UR School and help the Boosters earn $6,000.

The event will be held Oct. 3 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Rec Center. There's no obligation, no pressure, no salesmen!

Take One For The Band

The Bands of Butler HS need your support to replace our aging drum line equipment as well as other instruments.  Please support our Fundraiser at Chipotle on Miller Lane on Monday, October 27th from 5 - 9 PM.  Present the flier to the cashier or simply mention you're there in support of the Butler Bands and Chipotle will donate 50% of the cost of your meal to our Band program.

Chipotle fundraiser

Demmitt staff honored for saving a student's life

Demmitt nurse Lisa Plesk and Demmitt staff members were recently honored by Vandalia Fire Chief Chad Follick for working quickly to save the life of a Demmitt second grader.

Butler Boys Basketball Teams To Play Charity Game

Join the Butler Boys Basketball teams (Freshman, JV, and Varsity)as they play Miami East in the OHSAA Foundation Game for Charity, November 30, starting at 3:00 pm in the SAC. Tickets are $2.00 for students and $3.00 for adults with canned goods for the Vandalia Food Pantry All proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society.

Foundation game flyer

Support Performing Arts, Bands

Mark your calendars now for Oct. 5 for the chance to enjoy some fine music and fine dining.

The Butler Performing Arts Association will be benefiting from a percentage of food sales at Max and Erma's Monday, Oct. 5 all day. The band will be playing at the restaurant beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Vandalia-Butler Schools Go Tobacco-Free

Vandalia-Butler City Schools is going tobacco-free. 

In April, the Board of Education voted to change district policy to prohibit the use of tobacco products at any time in or on Vandalia-Butler City Schools’ property.

The policy prohibits the use of tobacco products at any time “in any building or vehicle owned, leased, rented or chartered by the district, on school grounds, athletic grounds or parking lots and at any school-sponsored or school-related event, whether such event occurs on-campus or off-campus.”

Progress being made in resolution of issues with First Student

Vandalia-Butler City Schools is continuing to work through the process of ensuring First Student is meeting its contractual obligations, Superintendent Brad Neavin announced today.

Helke Teachers receive MAC Grant

It was announced on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 that two Helke Elementary School teachers had received a grant to purchase mathematics learning centers for their classrooms.  

Students Learn Leadership, Teamwork Through Seminar

Teams of BHS students took part in a Marine Corps sponsored Leadership Seminar today. The purpose of the seminar was to provide students with leadership strategies and techniques to enhance their personal and professional development.

Libraries Receive New Books Thanks to VISIONS

Thanks to a $3,700 grant from VISIONS and donations from PTO groups, the students of Demmitt, Helke and Smith are receiving new library books.

Infectious Disease Control Practices

With the media’s focus on Enterovirus, Seasonal Flu and Ebola it is a great time to discuss prevention!!  

Airlog On Sale at Lowest Price of Year

The 2015-2016 yearbook is on sale for the lowest price of the year.  You can order the book for $55 through October 9.

Updating Forms and Consent Available Online

if you are listed as the Primary Parent or Legal Guardian of a student, you now have the option of updating contact information and submitting consent and authorizations forms online through the PowerSchool Parent portal.  Change requests will ONLY be accepted if they are submitted by the Primary Parent or Legal Guardian.  You must have a Parent Account created and make sure your parent account reflects your first and last name in the account.

District Makes Change to Medication Policy

In an effort to keep our children safe, Vandalia-Butler City School District's Use of Medication policy has been updated, requiring doctor's permission for a student to take any medicine, prescription or over-the-counter, during school hours.  Schools around the area and the country are adopting similar policies.