Friday, August 19, 2016

Back to School 16-17!

I recently completed my second year at North Butler Community Schools. As a district, we have faced some adversity and worked through it as a team, while providing a great education to our children throughout this-Thank you TEACHERS and STAFF!

We have many exciting things happening, and I could not be more proud to be a North Butler Bearcat. The athletic complex has turned out beautifully and is a testament to all of our patrons and communities of the work that we can accomplish together. The district has received grants for the art program, vocational education programs, and the agriculture ed program. For the first time, our ag program has a test plot of their own which will also serve the purpose of helping to fund this program.  We will also be starting an aquaponics program through a grant received from Monsanto that we were nominated for by a patron.

We have added six new staff members this year, due to several factors. They are Mrs. Wendy Floss (7-12 Spanish), Ms. Whitney Stahr (7-12 Language Arts), Mr. Daren Huisnega (Elem. At-Risk), Ms, Samantha Gribben (Elem. Counselor), Ms. Shandy Oldenburger (Elem Special Education), and Ms. Alecia Landers (Title I). Please welcome them when you get a minute.

Our voters have assembled a board of education that is very supportive of what we do, has great ideas, and asks very good questions. They have also shown that they will hold us accountable for what is going on within the schools.

Financially, we are working diligently to get the district back on firm footing, and have made great strides in this area. When I arrived, the unspent balance was negative. At the end of fiscal 16 the unspent balance will be somewhere in the neighborhood of $580,000. This is not quite where we want/need to be yet, but we are making great strides. The board and administration are also working to catch up on some overdue maintenance of our buildings and vehicle fleet.

I do not ever recall being as excited as I am for school to start as I was this past Tuesday, August 16th, when all staff started back for the 16-17 school year, Our North Butler Teacher Quality team brought in international speaker Kevin Honeycutt for the entire staff on Tuesday. He shared a fantastic message and is one of the most motivational speakers that I have ever heard. I believe that the staff is excited to get the students back in school also.

We have also done several things this summer to improve the appearance of the buildings and grounds. You will notice that we have and will be adding signs at both locations. We have even gone to the lengths of having the Gator that the district owns painted blue (Thanks Lyle Mathers). Displaying our school log like this is known as branding, and it is done to show pride in our schools and district. We are very proud to be North Butler Bearcats, and are very proud of the things that we do in both buildings and ALL of our communities. We have fantastic patrons, hard working students, and the best staff anyone could ask for.

We greatly appreciate the community support that we receive from groups such as the Greene Commercial Club, Allison Lions Club, North Butler Booster Club, North Butler Friends of Music, and North Butler PTO, and how much all of our patrons support these groups also.

Our administrative team is fantastic, and our entire staff is second to NONE! I couldn’t ask for a better family to work with!

We are very excited to be back and very PROUD of who we are and what we do at North Butler Community Schools!

#ItsGreatToBeABearcat

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

School Transportation Reminders

We welcome everyone back to North Butler for an Exciting and Safe School Year!!

Help our Bus Drivers Keep the students Safe.  Please Communicate any change in the way your child goes to and from school.  Call, email, or send a note to the school office at least 24 hours prior to change.

Please Follow the no parking signs in front of the Elementary building at all times. 

Find parking outside the bus loading zones.  Please use the parking lot or available street parking. 

Avoid parking near intersections especially in Allison at the Birch and 5th St. corner.

End of the school day Bus departure schedule: 3:05 Greene Buses, 3:15: Walkers Dismissed,
3:20 Allison Buses

Please review the Student Handbook for district policies on behavior and expectations on the bus.

Town bus stop locations will remain the same.

Feel free to contact the school or your Bus Driver with any questions.


NB Elementary Office phone= 319-267-2212, NB JH/HS Office phone=641-816-5631

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Special Board Meeting 8-10-16


Mission Statement
To create a positive learning environment that promotes high achievement, responsible citizenship, and success for all.


North Butler Community Schools
Special Board Meeting Wednesday  August 10, 2016, 5 PM
North Butler High School - Media Center, Greene

1.     Call to Order
2.     Review and Approve Agenda
3.     Public Items of Discussion
4.     Board Items of Discussion
5.     Approve Elementary student handbook
6.     Approve JH/HS student handbook
7.     Approve JH/HS Activity Handbook
8.     Approve Audit Report
9.     Board Reflections of meeting
10.  Adjournment

Next Meeting September 12, 2016, 6:30 PM NB Elem Media Center, Allison.



It’s Great to Be A Bearcat!

Board Notes 8-8-16

Good Morning,
Last evening the North Butler Board of Education took the following actions:
1. Approved an Eagle Scout project at the Athletic Complex.
2. Discussed and came to consensus on discussions with the city of Greene on property.
3. Approved SIAC members for 16-17.
4. Approved NIACC concurrent enrollment agreement.
5. Approved Edgenuity renewal.
6. Tabled Elementary Student Handbook.
7. Tabled JH/HS Student Handbook.
8. Approved Classified Staff Handbook.
9. Approved Certified Staff Handbook.
10. Approved Termination of a contract.
11. Approved contracts for Alicia Landers (Title I teacher .6 FTE), Joe Nelson (Assistant HS FB), Dustin Osier (JH FB), Dan Huff (JH FB), Wendy Floss (JH G BB).
12. Approved multiple volunteer coaches.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Agenda for 8-8-16 Regular Board Meeting


Mission Statement
To create a positive learning environment that promotes high achievement, responsible citizenship, and success for all.


North Butler Community Schools
Board Meeting Monday August 8, 2016, 6:30 PM
North Butler High School - Media Center, Greene

1.     Call to Order
2.     Review and Approve Agenda
3.     Review and Approve Minutes from July 11, 2016
4.     Financial reports
5.     Public Items of Discussion
a.     Eagle Scout Presentation-Joe Bacheldor
6.     Board Items of Discussion
a.     Legislative Priorities
7.     Approve Eagle Scout project
8.     Approve City of Greene proposal on land
9.     Approve SIAC members
10.  Approve NIACC concurrent enrollment agreement
11.  Approve Edgenuity renewal
12.  Approve Elementary student handbook
13.  Approve JH/HS student handbook
14.  Approve classified staff handbook
15.  Approved certified staff handbook
16.  Human Resources
A.    Resignations-
B.    Terminations
C.    Contracts-
D.    Subs-
17.  Administrative Reports
18.  Board Reflections of meeting
19.  Adjournment

Next Meeting September 12, 2016, 6:30 PM NB Elem Media Center, Allison.



It’s Great to Be A Bearcat!