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Former ABSS executive to return as superintendent

The Alamance-Burlington school board voted during a special-called meeting Monday afternoon to hire Dr. Dain Butler as the next superintendent for ABSS.

An Alamance County native and former ABSS administrator, Butler, 45, succeeds former superintendent Dr. Bruce Benson, who retired January 1, about four years prior to the scheduled expiration of his contract with ABSS.

The vote was 5-2.  After returning from a 12-minute closed session for personnel to discuss the appointment, school board members Allison Gant and Tony Rose voted against the motion to hire Butler during the special-called meeting Monday afternoon.

Voting in favor of hiring Butler as the next ABSS superintendent were: school board chairman Sandy Ellington-Graves; vice chairman Patsy Simpson; and school board members Wayne Beam, Ryan Bowden, and Donna Westbrooks.

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He was given a four-year contract; his salary was set at $190,000 with eligibility for annual bonuses of up to $5,000. [Read full contract HERE.]

Butler had previously worked as the director of school administration for ABSS until 2016, when he left to become superintendent of the Roanoke Rapids Graded School District in Roanoke Rapids.    He resigned as the superintendent in Roanoke Rapids on September 30, 2021, according to the school system.

Butler is currently employed as senior director for principal pipeline with Guilford County schools.

The Roanoke Rapids Graded School District, located in Halifax County, has seven schools with a total enrollment of approximately 2,675 students.

By comparison, ABSS has 21,918 students across 35 schools, based on the school system’s enrollment figures as of the end of the first month of the 2021-22 school year.

Butler began his career in public education with ABSS in 1999 as a teacher at Broadview Middle School, later becoming an assistant principal, principal, and central office administrator.

Butler is a 1994 graduate of Southern Alamance High School.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.  He earned a master’s and a doctoral degree from UNC-Greensboro in 2002 and 2012, respectively.  His doctorate from UNC-Greensboro is in educational leadership.

Meanwhile, former ABSS superintendent Dr. James (“Jim”) Merrill is currently serving as the interim superintendent until Butler is sworn in as superintendent.

Butler is scheduled to begin his duties as superintendent of ABSS July 1.

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