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Board members praise educators for rollout, implementation of NTI

With the 2019-20 academic year now concluded, members of the Butler County Board of Education praised the efforts of educators across the district for their hard work in implementing non-traditional instruction with little advance notice.  Board Chairperson Dr. Amy Hood and others made those comments at Tuesday’s meeting of the Butler County Board of Education.  

Dr. Hood said on behalf of the Board and as a parent that she wanted to express appreciation to all administrators and teachers.  She said with barely 48 hours to prepare that she was impressed that it went as well as it did.  Speaking to the difficulty of the task, Dr. Hood said, “We never quit; others did.”  

“This has been the most teamwork I’ve seen across the district from preschool through high school,” said Hood.  “As a parent I learned a lot.  I also appreciate quick responses from teachers.”

Dr. Hood and Supt. Scott Howard also had high marks for Assistant Superintendent Robert Tuck, who works extensively with curriculum implementation for the district.  Tuck spearheaded the efforts to quickly implement non-traditional instruction in the school district as the COVID-19 pandemic led to school closures across the state.  

Fifth District Board member Ryan Daugherty said he liked how adjustments were made during the NTI process.

“Work wasn’t just thrown at students,” said Daugherty.  "Adjustments were made throughout."  

Speaking broadly about the challenges the district has faced with providing instruction throughout the pandemic, Supt. Howard expressed a tone of optimism and encouragement.

“Don’t get down,” said Howard.  “This is an opportunity to learn new things as we move forward.”  

In other school news, Chief Financial Officer Eric Elms presented the April Treasurer’s Report for the district.  

The beginning balance for the month was $2,255,206.91.  Total receipts were $1,537,980.33.  Expenditures were $1,358,702.60.  The balance at the close of the month was $2,434,484.64.  

According to Elms, the ending balance was up about $177,000 from this time last year.  This was likely the result of fewer overall district expenses as a result of the shutdown.  

As the meeting closed, a retiring Jimmy Arnold addressed Board members and Supt. Howard. 

Arnold is the Chief Information Officer for the district and also oversees facilities and is the Energy Manager.  

School energy manager Jimmy Arnold monitors Bulter County schools'/ utility usage from his office.  Photo by Amy Wallot, Jan. 6, 2012 (

“I want to thank you all for supporting technology and facilities.  We’ve done a lot … and have overcome obstacles,” said Arnold.  “Thanks to the Board and Supt. Howard for supporting and helping me and not firing me (jokingly).  Butler County (Schools) has been so good to me, Angie and our family.” 

Supt. Howard and multiple Board members expressed their gratitude for the job Mr. Arnold has done for the school district over the years. 

“I’ve never seen a guy take on facilities like he has,” said Howard.  “I appreciate the job he has done.”  


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