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!