Caswell commissioner says wife, ABSS’ former CFO, is being used by Supt. as ‘scapegoat’

Rick McVey, a Caswell County commissioner and the husband of Kim McVey, the former Alamance-Burlington school system chief finance officer, blasted superintendent Dr. Dain Butler and the school board Monday night – saying his wife has been made into a scapegoat, apparently for ongoing financial turmoil within the ABSS Central Office.

Earlier this month, at 6:10 p.m. on Friday, February 2, Butler issued a letter to staff warning of a “potential reduction-in-force” for 24 positions, reductions in pay for 30 employees, and program cuts that he says are needed to close a $3.2 million deficit projected for the current fiscal year. Three days later, state senator Amy Galey announced that she had requested a legislative investigation into the school system’s financial decisions.

Kim McVey apparently offered her resignation to Butler on Friday, February 16, based on the chain of events that her husband outlined this week.

Instead, Butler apparently opted to fire her two days later, on Sunday, February 18, based on various press releases sent last week by ABSS officials.

While Butler gave no reason for McVey’s departure as CFO, The Alamance News has been told that she had been interviewed two weeks ago by members of the Joint Legislative Commission on Governmental Operations (“Gov Ops”) that Galey has asked to investigate the school system’s policies and financial decisions.

“I’m here tonight on behalf of my wife,” Rick McVey said Monday night, adding that he is a Caswell County commissioner.

“I want to say that she has been made a scapegoat for this school system here in Alamance County,” he said.  “Kim gave you 14 years with a total of 33 years in [school] finance.  On Friday, February 16, at 11:30, she met with Dr Butler and [ABSS deputy superintendent Lowell Rogers].”

Apparently reading from a statement that Kim McVey had written for her husband to read during public comments, Rick McVey said: “‘Butler talked about the lack of preparation for the February 13th work session. He said the finance officer serves at the pleasure of the superintendent.  I said, ‘I’ll retire this month if you need me to.  I asked do you want my keys and phone?  He said yes. I put my keys on the table and said my phone is in my car.

“‘Mr. Rogers met me at the side door,’” Rick McVey continued, reading from his wife’s statement.  “‘I asked can I get my personal items?  He said, ‘no we will need to schedule a time after 5:00 [p.m.].

“[There were] no further communications to me about the next step,’” Kim McVey noted in the statement that her husband read Monday night.

Rick McVey told Butler and the school board, “What we would like – since y’all put it out [to] all the television stations and so forth making Kim your scapegoat – we would like an apology.”

Rick McVey also warned that he and his wife are ready to take further action – alluding to potentially filing a lawsuit – if they don’t receive that apology “in a few days.”

“We’ll do whatever is necessary,” the Caswell County commissioner emphasized, before telling Butler, “You have made a big mistake buddy.”

Meanwhile, the results of the GovOps review are expected sometime around mid-April, Galey told the newspaper earlier this month.

ABSS public information officer Les Atkins confirmed for the newspaper Tuesday afternoon that Rogers, the deputy superintendent, remains suspended from his job with pay.

His suspension was announced last Monday – within hours of Butler’s having tapped Rogers to temporarily handle the CFO’s duties – after the State Bureau of Investigation charged Rogers that day (February 19) with failing to report an alleged sex offense against a seven-year-old boy.