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Vandalia-Butler Board Welcomes New Administrators

Members of the Vandalia-Butler City Schools’ Board of Education are welcoming a new Communications and Public Relations Coordinator and approved three significant changes to assignments to the district’s administrative team at the regular monthly Board of Education meeting Tuesday, October 25.

Anaka Johnson is replacing Traci Hale-Brown as the Communications and Public Relations Coordinator.  Brown left to accept the position of Community Relations Director for the Oakwood City School District.  Russell Garman goes from principal to a curriculum specialist.  Thomas Ryan Rogers goes from assistant principal to principal, and Matthew Ryan Williamson will go from a teacher on special assignment to assistant principal. 

Johnson comes to the district after working eight years at the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.  Johnson has an Associate’s Degree from ITT Technical Institute in Information Technology - Multimedia and an Associate’s Degree from Sinclair Community College in Multimedia Journalism.  She is currently working toward her Bachelor’s Degree at the Scripps College of Communication through the Ohio University online program.  

“Anaka comes to us with solid experience in a fast-paced setting that demands quick and reliable information for the public.  In a pool of excellent candidates, Anaka rose to the top as the right “fit” to serve our students, parents, and community.  We recognize the importance of providing our entire community with the information they need about their schools and Anaka’s skills are what we need as we continue to improve in this important area of our operations,” Vandalia-Butler City Schools Superintendent Brad Neavin said.

Johnson says she is excited to join the Vandalia Butler team and eager to continue enhancing the different levels of communication between the schools, parents, businesses and the community. 

Garman, who was the Smith Elementary Principal, will be replacing Jim Hooper as Curriculum Specialist.  Hooper left the district for a position with Greenville City Schools. 

Rogers will be leaving his position as Butler High School’s Assistant Principal to take over as Principal of Smith Middle School. 

Williamson will be replacing Rogers as the new Assistant Principal of Butler High School. 

Neavin has a personal goal of providing opportunities for staff in all areas of professional exploration, growth and development while making our solid educational team even stronger. 

“What has been very clear from our school supporters is that we want the best people in the world in the best position to serve our students.  What is equally clear is that we need to be as fiscally sound in all of our decisions.  These changes are not only within our current staffing budget but offer savings over our previous expenditures in this area. I am confident that these changes will pay off in even more opportunities for our students, “says Neavin.

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