District News

Bus Driver Shortage Impacts Routing

Due to a shortage in substitute bus drivers, routing may be delayed at times during the school year.  If your son/daughter rides a bus, please review the letter.  Letters were also sent home with students.

Driver Shortage Parent Letter

Bus Driver Shortage

Arcanum-Butler Bus Involved in Minor Accident

At approximately 3:55 pm this afternoon an Arcanum-Butler school bus was involved in a fender/bender accident at the corner of Alternate 49 South and Hollansburg-Sampson Rd.  The students and the driver were not injured.  Additionally, there were no reported injuries of the driver and passengers of the other vehicle.

A One-Call message was sent to parents with students who ride the bus.  Students were transported onto another district bus for transportation to their homes.  Parents of the students riding the bus at the time were called by school administration to be notified of the accident.  The accident is currently under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office.  

We appreciate the actions taken by the bus driver to maintain safety for the riders and the cooperation of our transportation department and additional driver who quickly assisted in transporting the students home.

ODE Releases State Report Card Grades

The Ohio Department of Education recently released report cards for Ohio's School Districts.  The report card is intended to give you a picture of how our district and buildings are performing using letter grades A-F to grade various measures under six broad categories:  Achievement, Progress, Gap Closing, Graduation Rate, Improving At-Risk K-3 Readers and Prepared for Success.  The 2017-2018 State Report Card marks the first year that districts will receive an overall, final grade.

Summary of Report Card Components and Grades:


Early Release and No School Reminders

Wednesday, September 26:  2-hour early release for teacher Professional Development

Monday, October 8:  No School for teacher Professional Development


AM   8:45 - 10:45

PM  11:15 - 1:15

2018-19 Elementary Supply List
Arcanum-Butler Welcomes New Staff

Arcanum-Butler Local Schools welcomed new staff members for the 2018-2019 School Year with a breakfast and orientation on Wednesday, August 22.   

Front Row:  Emily Walters - HS Language Arts, Olivia Subler - Bus Driver, Lisa Johnting - Preschool Aide

Back Row:  Eric Wolfe - EL Physical Education, Jacie Holman - MS Math, Angie McMurry - HS Science, Macey O'Dell - Special Education Aide


2018-2019 Transportation Information

Please note the following updates for 2018-2019 busing.


#1 Sherry Wolfe           #6 Jodi Turner          #8 Olivia Subler     #9 Diane Denlinger

#12 Chris Dickey          #15 Julia Rhoades   #19 Gerald Miller   #21 Robin Oda

#5 Diana Banta (CTC)

Click the link provided for routes

Questions?  Contact Steve Christ, Transportation Supervisor at 692-5174 ext. 1329


High School Supply List 18-19

HS Supply List for 2018-19.


Arcanum Athletic Boosters Annual Golf Outing

The Arcanum Athletic Boosters Golf Outing will take place Sunday, September 16 @ Stillwater Valley Golf Course with a 1:30 shotgun start.  Cost:  $55 per player, includes golf and food.  Registrations must be received no later than September 12.  Please click here for a registration form.

Join the Boosters for a fun afternoon supporting our student athletes and athletic programs!

MS Supply Lists for 18-19

Please click here for the MS supply list for 18-19.

Back to School Dates

August 20-23 - Middle School Schedule Pick-up 7:00 - 3:00

August 21 - Kindergarten Open House 6:00 - 7:00 pm

August 27 - PK, 1-12 Open House 6:00 - 7:30 pm, 5th grade orientation @ 6:00 pm in HS gym, HS 1:1 Technology Parent Meeting @ 7:00 pm in HS gym


AHS MVCTC Student Bus/Announcement Information

Please click on the link below to access information regarding AHS/MVCTC student bus and announcement information. 


Melton Hired as Head Boys Basketball Coach and Schondelmyer Takes Over as Athletic Director

The Arcanum-Butler Local School Board appointed Mr. James Melton as its new Head Boys Basketball Coach at a special Board of Education Meeting held on June 6. Coach Melton joins the Trojans after having most recently served as Varsity Assistant at Winchester Community High School in Winchester, Indiana from 2016-2018. Prior to that, Melton was at Park Tudor High School in Indianapol...is where he served as head coach in 2015-2016. The team finished the 2016 season as Class 3A Sectional Champions. From 2011 -2015 he served as either the Associate Head Coach, Junior Varsity Coach or Varsity Assistant. Park Tudor won the Class 2A State Championship in 2012, 2014 and 2015. In addition to the 3 Indiana State Championships, Coach Melton has had the opportunity to coach 12 Division I athletes, 2 McDonald’s All Americans, and 3 Indiana All-Stars who became NBA players. Welcome to Arcanum Coach Melton!

In other action, the Board approved Jason Schondelmyer as the new Athletic Director. Schondelmyer returns in his second year back as Head Football Coach and will move to the AD position after teaching elementary physical education in 2017-18. In addition to his work as AD, he will continue teaching 1/2 time in the middle and high school.

Athletic Boosters Scheduled to Meet

The Arcanum Athletic Boosters will meet on Monday, June 25 @ 7:00 PM in the school library to elect officers for 2018-2019.

Class of 2018 Graduation Information

Arcanum High School graduation is set for Sunday, June 3 at 2 pm. The doors open at 1 pm and all graduates must check-in in the elementary gym by 1:35 pm. Seating at graduation is on a first come, first serve basis. The first two rows of the bleachers are reserved for handicap seating and seating for our senior citizens. Please communicate with your child after practice on Friday to determine which side of the bleachers is best for viewing your child. 


The State of Ohio (and recommended by the US Dept. of Defense), now requires school districts to identify students whose parents or guardians are currently serving, or have served during the school year, as active duty in one of the branches of the military or the National Guard. If your child has a parent or guardian that this applies to, please send a note with your child that identifies the branch of service where the parent is serving. ...Only one note is required per family as long as all students are listed. Thank you for your prompt attention to this request.

If you would like additional information about why schools are asked to do so, you can visit the following link:


Spring 2018 Edition of the District Insight Newsletter Now Available

If you missed the District Insight Newsletter as an insert in the Early Bird released on April 7, you can read it by following the link below:

April 2018 District Insight

Painting Announced Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to the Arcanum-Butler Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Andrea Painting!

"Education isn't about just teaching kids to read and write, it is about instilling in them the values and work ethic it takes to make it in the real world.  That is why I chose this profession. I would not be the teacher I am today without the support of my teammates, current and past students, and an administration that puts kids first." - Andrea Painting

Arcanum-Butler Plans New Multi-Purpose Building

Arcanum-Butler is excited to announce the construction of a new 18,000 square foot building that will house space for community activities, athletic training, and agricultural education classes! 

Read the Early Bird news release here and the Daily Advocate release here.

More Information:

Frequently Asked Questions

Interested in giving to the Capital Campaign or joining the Fundraiser Dinner?

Dinner Invitation

Donor Levels

Donation Form



AHS Cheerleaders Sponsor 5K Victory Run

Victory Run Logo

The Arcanum High School Cheerleaders are sponsoring the Arcanum High School 5K Victory Run on Saturday, May 26, 2018 at 9:00am.   This is a fundraiser for the cheerleaders and will help to defray the cost of camp, uniforms, and competitions for the 2018-2019 school year.  The race will begin at the AHS track, travel through Ivester Park, weave through historical downtown Arcanum, and finish back at the track. Walkers are welcome!  Entrants will have 1hr. and 30 minutes to finish the course. Entry fees are $20.00 with a t-shirt (Registration must be received by May 5th to guarantee a shirt) or $15.00 without a t-shirt.  Awards will be given for the top 3 finishers in each age category for both males and females. Overall awards will also be given for the top male and top female finisher. Registration forms are available at Arcanum-Butler Local School offices and at some area businesses.  You can also register online at www.goodtimesraces.com  We are asking area businesses to sponsor our race.  If your business would like to sponsor us, you can contact the Arcanum High School Cheer Coach, Lauren Brandenburg, at (937) 564-0646.

Reminder: Early Dismissal

There will be an early dismissal for students on Wednesday, April 25 for teacher professional development.


Reminder:  No School on Friday, March 30 and Monday, April 2

Have a Happy Easter!


Early Dismissal Reminder

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

2-hour early dismissal for teacher professional development

2018 AHS Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees
Blizzard Bags to be Used for 17-18

For the 2017-2018 school year, the Arcanum-Butler Local School District will continue to use calamity days in the event of school cancellations.  If the district uses all five (5) calamity days, blizzard bags will again be used.  Once all three (3) blizzard bag days are used, the district will utilize make-up days as noted on the district calendar. 

(Continue reading to view the letter sent home with students)

Coalition Panel Coming to Arcanum

The district will be hosting a panel of guests from the Coalition for a Healthy Darke County and a program "Hidden in Plain Sight."

The panel of guests will discuss the current drug epidemic and its effect on school-aged kids. Guests for the evening include:

- Anna Hatic, D.O., Board Certified Internal Medicine, Board Eligible Addiction Medicine
- Darke County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Mark Whittaker
- Kelly Harrison, Prevention Specialist, Recovery and Wellness of Midwest Ohio
- Darke County Juvenile Court Judge Jason Aslinger
- Ian Ridgeway, Prevention and Wellness Coordinator, Tri-County Board of Recovery & Mental Health Services

Following the panel discussion, Ian Ridgeway will present "Hidden in Plain Sight". The presentation is centered around a teenager’s bedroom that is set up as part of the event to allow parents, grandparents, caregivers, teachers and other adults to explore a mock teenager’s bedroom to see and identify drug paraphernalia and hiding places along with other signs that may indicate alcohol or other drug use by a teen.

When: February 22
Time: 6:00 - 7:30
Location: Cafetorium/Library

The program was made possible by the Darke County Chamber of Commerce and Coaltion for a Healthy Darke County.

No School Reminder

No School on Monday, February 19 - President's Day

Eric Moore Joins A-B Board
First Semester Highlights

I want to take this opportunity to thank the students, parents, families, Board of Education members and the entire Arcanum-Butler staff for an outstanding first semester and for supporting Arcanum-Butler Schools!  The ending of the first semester marks a great time to celebrate our success, reflect on our progress and refocus on our goals and objectives. 

Please take a few minutes to read about our success and plans for the second semester by clicking the link here.


John N. Stephens


Piqua VFW Post Donates U.S. Flag

It had come to the attention of the Piqua VFW Post #4874 that the Arcanum-Butler Local Schools did not have a United States American Flag hanging in their Cafetorium for all to view. On behalf of the of the Piqua, OH VFW Post #4874 and all of its members, Commander Trowbridge, Mr. Whitson and Officer Rickert presented the Arcanum-Butler Local School District with a United States American Flag to proudly display in the Cafetorium. Arcanum-Butler Local Schools would like to thank the Piqua VFW Post for the donation and will proudly display the United States Flag within the school building, showing our continued support for our Troops past, present and future whether they are home or abroad!

January is School Board Recognition Month
End of Semester Early Release Reminder

Reminder:  Students will follow a 2-hour early release schedule for Friday, January 19 for scheduled end of the semester teacher professional development.

No School Reminder

Reminder:  No School for Monday, January 15, 2018 - MLK Day

Winter Break Reminder

Christmas Break:  December 21- January 2

*2-hour early dismissal on Dec. 21

School Resumes on Wednesday, January 3

Fall 2017 District Insight Newsletter Published

The fall edition of the District Insight newsletter is now available!  To view the October publication, visit the link to the Superintendent's Page.

Board of Education Seeks Interested Applicants

There is a vacancy on the Arcanum-Butler Local Schools Board of Education effective December 14, 2017, due to the resignation of board member Tracy Fout.  This position is open immediately and the remaining Arcanum-Butler Board members are required to appoint a replacement within 30 days.

The Board of Education is seeking applicants to fill the vacated term through December 31, 2019.  If the appointed candidate wishes to continue service on the school board, he/she will stand for election in the November 2019 general election.

Citizens interested in being considered for appointment to the Arcanum-Butler Board of Education can pick up an application at the Board of Education Office or find an application by following the link below. According to the Ohio School Boards Association, people serving on school boards in Ohio must be at least 18 years old, district residents, and registered voters.

The Board will review all applications and appoint a replacement at the January 11, 2018 regular board meeting.

The Board of Education and its Administration would like to thank Mr. Fout for his service to the Arcanum-Butler Local School district.  Mr. Fout had served on the Board since 2010 with several of those years as the Board Vice-President.  During his tenure, he played an active role in the building remediation project and the return of FFA to Arcanum. 

*Board Application

Spelling Bee Champs

Congratulations to our annual spelling bee champions!

EL: Grace Psczulkoski, Trinity Schweitzer (runner-up)
MS: Hannah Kendig, Bryson Sharp (runner-up)

Grace and Hannah will participate in the individual county spelling bee competition in January. All four will participate in the team competition.


A-Team Shirts Available for Purchase

The Junior Class is once again selling A-Team shirts from now until December 8th.  Please click on the link below for more information.

A-Team t-shirt flyer (pdf version)




5th Annual Arcanum Senior Citizens Christmas Luncheon

On Wednesday, December 6 at 1:30 pm is the 5th Annual Arcanum Senior Citizens Christmas Luncheon. This event is free and open to all senior citizens of the Arcanum community. The event will take place at the Arcanum-Butler Local Schools Cafetorium. If you plan on attending please RSVP to HS Secretary Mrs. Hollinger at 692-5174 Ext. 1337 by Friday, December 1.
Please share this information with your family, friends, and neighbors.



No School - November 22-24 Thanksgiving Break


No School - Friday, November 10, 2017

Contact Us
Arcanum-Butler School District 2011 Trojan Avenue
Arcanum, OH 45304-1381
location icon white  View Map & Directions
phone icon white  Phone: 937-692-5174
fax icon white  Fax: 937-692-5959
Google-Translate-Chinese (Simplified) BETA Google-Translate-English to French Google-Translate-English to German Google-Translate-English to Italian Google-Translate-English to Japanese BETA Google-Translate-English to Korean BETA Google-Translate-English to Russian BETA Google-Translate-English to Spanish Google-Translate-English to Tagalog Google-Translate-English to Portuguese Google-Translate-English to Vietnamese
Digital School Network logo SchoolPointe logo black