District News

Arcanum-Butler Board Takes Action

The Arcanum-Butler Board of Education recently approved two resolutions that would allow the The Ohio School Facilities Commission (OSFC), the State agency responsible for administering State-sponsored school building projects, to perform the necessary work to repair the defective standing seam metal roof and the efflorescence staining on the exterior masonry walls of the District’s K-12 Building.  The K-12 Building was initially part of the OSFC’s Classroom Facilities Assistance Program, and the OSFC has authorized the repair work as part of that same program as an amendment to the original project.  

The problems with the roof and masonry walls arose due to a failure to provide quality work for our building, and we are committed to correcting the problem and holding the responsible parties accountable.  The State Attorney General’s office will pursue the responsible parties for reimbursement of the repair costs. 

The goal of the Board of Education and Administration with this repair work is to make sure that our building and grounds continue to be a source of pride for our community.  It is our commitment to continue to work proactively to correct this problem. We thank you for your patience and support as we work through the issues.  The district will provide updates on the progress of the project.

Second Annual Senior Citizen Holiday Luncheon a Success

Over 100 senior citizens turned out for the 2nd Annual Senior Citizen Christmas Luncheon hosted by Arcanum-Butler Local Schools on Wednesday, December 5.  Following a brief welcome by Superintendent, John Stephens, guests were treated to a grilled cheese sandwich and soup lunch, as well as dessert from Farmer’s Daughter Bakery.  Musical entertainment was provided by Arcanum Elementary fourth graders, a duet from Allison Moore and Matt Todd, and a High School Percussion Ensemble.  The annual luncheon is an opportunity for the district to express appreciation for support, allow seniors to visit the school and share in the Holiday spirit. 

Alumni Association to Sell Chicken Dinners

The Arcanum Alumni Association Committee will be selling BBQ chicken dinners for $7.00 pre-sale now until January 20th. Dinner includes chicken, apple sauce, chips and a dinner roll. Dinners will be available for dine-in or curbside pickup from 4-6 pm on Tuesday, January 27th at the Arcanum HS cafetorium prior to the Arcanum vs. FM HS boys basketball game. All proceeds will benefit the Arcanum Alumni Association. Please contact Tanya Baker @ 621-4134 if interested.

Alumni Hall of Fame Committee Forming - Volunteers Needed!

The Arcanum Alumni Advisory Committee is working to establish a Distinguished Alumni and Honorary Trojan Hall of Fame to recognize and honor those individuals who have made a significant impact through achievements, actions and contribution within their communities and professions and serve as exemplary role models for Arcanum students.

A Selection Committee is being formed consisting of graduates representing the various decades.  If you are interested in serving on the Selection Committee, please contact Superintendent, John Stephens, at john_stephens@darke.k12.oh.us.

Arcanum-Butler Middle School November Newsletter

Ms. Lawson's 8th grade Publications class has released their November Newsletter.  CLICK HERE on the latest middle school happenings!

Teachers Receive MAC Grants

Congratulations to MAC Grant recipients Andrea Painting, Cynthia Dickman and Matt Grote!  All three teachers applied for and recently received the $500 grant for classroom use.  For more information about how the teachers will use the funds, please read more below!  Additional information on the MAC grants program can be found using the following link:  http://www.mcstate.com/images/operators/1000002637/grantapponline.pdf

Arcanum Business Association Schedules Holiday Events

The Arcanum Area Business Association is sponsoring holiday events in the month of December.  Please click on "View All" below for more information.

2014-2015 Calamity Day Clarification

For the 2014-2015 school year, the Arcanum-Butler Local School District will continue to use calamity days as they have in the past in the event of school cancellations.  Some Ohio school districts changed from a minimum number of days to the new minimum number of hours of required attendance for students.  However, the change from days to hours does not apply to collective bargaining agreements executed prior to July 1, 2014, as is the case with our school district.  The district will utilize 5 calamity days and will use make-up days and blizzard bag days as needed.

District Receives High Marks on Report Card

Arcanum-Butler was just 1 out of 3 districts in all of Darke, Montgomery, Miami, Preble and Mercer County to receive all A's and B's on recently released report card measures.

Just as every school building sends home a report card to tell you how well your child is learning, our school district and buildings also receive a Local Report Card each year from the Ohio Department of Education.  The Ohio Department of Education recently released report cards for Ohio's School Districts.  This is the second year of the new report card which is intended to give you a clearer picture of how our district and buildings are performing.  Previous report cards used superlatives such as "Excellent" or "Continuous Improvement" to describe the performance of schools.  The newer reporting system uses letter grades A-F to grade various measures under six broad categories:  Achievement, Progress, Gap Closing, Graduation Rate, K-3 Literacy and Prepared for Success.

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