Vandalia-Butler City School District officials are touting a $91,000 savings in its $54.8 million building project.
All the items included in the building project are completed. Those items included the renovation of Butler High School, Demmitt Elementary School, and Memorial Field at the Good Samaritan Athletic Complex - the district’s soccer and football field located to the east of the Board of Education office, and the replacement of Morton Middle School and the bus garage.
“Morton was in incredibly bad shape. It used to stand on National Road. We replaced it with a new facility at the corner of Stonequarry and Peters Pike,” said Bethany Reiff, the district’s public relations coordinator. “The old building was demolished and that parcel of land now belongs to the city.”
The $54.8 million project was made possible because residents approved a 4.76-mills bond issue in November of 2008 for the building project, Reiff said.
The district also monitored costs on the project, officials said.
“We aggressively managed taxpayer dollars to make sure we got the most for our investments,” said Dan Schall, district treasurer. “We hit the construction market at a very favorable time, we managed the project in-house for a savings of several million of dollars, and we invested the funds while we held them and applied the interest earnings toward the project.”
Other project items included the replacement of Smith Middle School’s roof, the building of a softball field at the Vandalia Rec Center and Sports Complex, electrical and technological upgrades at all the schools, refurbished seating in the planetarium at Smith Middle School, and parking lot improvements and masonry work at all the schools.
The $91,247 saved will be applied toward capital needs on district buildings, Schall said.
“The bond issue dollars cannot be used for operating funds,” Reiff said.
Members of the Vandalia-Butler City Schools board of education also have been discussing whether to place a levy on the ballot.
“The Board of Education has been discussing what we need to do to stabilize and balance our budget, and a levy request is under consideration,” Reiff said. “No decision has been made and no action has been taken.”
The last time the district put a levy on the ballot was in November. Residents voted down the district’s additional 6.99 mill levy.
The board’s next meeting will be a special workshop session scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday in the board’s conference room, 306 S. Dixie Dr.
For more information, visit the district’s web site at www.vbcsd.com.