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ABSS appoints acting chief finance officer from within; also hires retired Wake Schools CFO to assist

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Alamance-Burlington superintendent Dr. Dain Butler has appointed an accounts manager within the school system’s finance department, Melinda Anderson, to serve as the acting chief finance officer, school officials confirmed for The Alamance News Wednesday afternoon.

Anderson’s elevation comes amid the sudden departure of former CFO Kim McVey, a legislative investigation into the school system’s financial decisions, and a criminal charge filed Monday against the deputy superintendent who’d been tapped that morning to handle McVey’s duties (see related story, this edition).[

Butler plans to ask the school board during a special-called meeting Friday afternoon to appoint Anderson as the interim CFO, ABSS public information officer Les Atkins told the newspaper Wednesday.

The superintendent is also planning to ask the board to bring in a retired CFO from Wake County public schools, Mark Winters, to assist Anderson with her duties until a permanent CFO can be hired, Atkins said.

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Asked why the school board needs to vote to approve Anderson’s appointment – after saying earlier this week that the CFO “serves at the pleasure of the superintendent” – the public information officer said he thinks school board approval is required because Anderson is being recommended for a promotion.

Anderson’s annual salary currently totals $47,120.20, which is for her position as an accounts manager within the finance department, according to salary data provided by ABSS.
School officials had not responded by press time to the newspaper’s request for Anderson’s original date of employment; previous positions; and/or date and type of any prior promotions.

Atkins told the newspaper Wednesday afternoon that he’s unsure of how much ABSS will pay Winters to assist Anderson in her duties. “We are hoping we will have that on Friday,” the PIO said.

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