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About Butler, MO
The Bates County Courthouse, in downtown Butler, MO.
The Bates County Courthouse, in downtown Butler, MO.

Butler, the “Electric City” is situated in western Missouri on I-49 and MO 52 highways, only an hour away from Kansas City to the north and Joplin to the south. The 4219 residents consider Butler an ideal place to live and make a living. At the center of historic Butler is the beautifully manicured Bates County Courthouse, built of native stone by local artisans. Butler is also home to the Bates County Museum and the state of Missouri’s newest historic site, “The Battle of Island Mound.”

Outdoor recreation opportunities abound in Butler from fishing and picnicking at the Butler City Lake, to enjoying the Butler City Park’s outstanding public pool, tennis courts, basketball, community shelters, playground, and exercise trail. Butler is proud to be the home of 18 churches, the Bates County Health Center, an all-weather airport, the Bates County Memorial Hospital, a local radio station, and a weekly newspaper.

About the Butler R-V School District

·         Fully accredited by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

·         112/140 (80%) on MSIP 5 Accreditation Score for 2012

·         30/30 (100%) on MSIP 5 Graduation Score for 2012

·         Butler Elementary houses grades Pre-K-6 with 589 students

·         Butler High School includes grades 7-12 with 422 students

·         Expansion of Dual Credit & Advanced Placement Opportunities in 2013-2014 School Year

·         65% of the staff have advanced degrees

·         Dedicated teaching staff

·         Up-to-date technology infrastructure

·         Experienced administrative team

·         New athletic facility for track and football teams

·         School Board has approved a no-tax-increase levy proposal of $3.5 million for April 2014.

·         High school sports include: football, volleyball, basketball, wrestling, baseball, softball, track, and golf


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Mission Statement


The mission of the Butler R-V School District is to prepare our students to become productive, responsible citizens in a global society.  In partnership with families and the community, the school seeks to provide an educational environment that will maximize the intellectual, physical, social, emotional, and career development of each child.