About VBES


About VBES

Van Buren Elementary serves students grades Pre-K – 4. Our school is located in the southeast corner of Brown County, Indiana. Van Buren Elementary is one of three elementary schools in the Brown County School Corporation. The school day begins at 7:50 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m.
Van Buren Elementary school facility has classrooms dedicated for preschool and per grade level K-4. Rooms are also available for science, special education, counseling, speech-language therapy, and reading resource instruction. In addition, the school facilities include a STEM lab, music classroom, art room, playground, shelter house, library, cafeteria, gymnasium, office, and teacher workroom. The school benefits from being located close to Indiana University. We are host to many university students each year. This enables us to gain insight into current research and teaching strategies.
The school is the focal point for many community activities. Facilities are used throughout the year for family reunions, basketball, softball, baseball, volleyball, soccer, 4-H, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and adult recreation. In addition, the school is used as a site for the Brown County Schools Before –School Care Program and After-School Care Program.

World Class Opportunities.  Small School Relationships.  Lifelong Impact.



EMAIL: gsteele@browncountyschools.com

Welcome to Van Buren Elementary School, home of the Wildcats!  My name is Gavin Steele and I am in my second year as principal at VBES.  I started my career at Nashville Elementary, as a third grade teacher.  I was at Nashville for five years before I transitioned to Brown County High School to teach special education.  After teaching special education for a year, I had the opportunity to serve as the assistant principal/athletic director at Brown County Junior High for three years.  All of these opportunities guided me back to the elementary and I am proud and honored to be a part of the Van Buren Community.  The students, staff, and families model the true existence of a community family.