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BREAKING TUES. P.M.: SBI charges ABSS deputy supt. with failure to report crime against juvenile; Lowell Rogers suspended

Alamance-Burlington school superintendent Dr. Dain Butler has suspended his second-in-command, Lowell Rogers, after the SBI charged Rogers Monday with failing to report a crime against a juvenile.

ABSS deputy school superintendent Lowell Rogers

James Lowell (“Lowell”) Rogers, has been charged with failing to report a crime against a juvenile, according to a criminal summons filed by the State Bureau of Investigation in Alamance County district court on Monday. The charge is a misdemeanor.

Rogers, 47, white male, of 2326 Marlow Drive in Burlington, is currently employed as the deputy superintendent for ABSS.

Meanwhile, Butler had just announced Monday morning that Rogers would handle the duties for former chief finance officer Kim McVey during a search for an interim CFO (see separate story here: https://alamancenews.com/breaking-abss-finance-officer-quits-amid-financial-crisis-legislative-investigation/)

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The State Bureau of Investigation charged Rogers on Monday with failure to report a crime against a juvenile, which stemmed from an unspecified incident that allegedly occurred on November 13 of last year.  The charge is classified as a misdemeanor.

View Alamance County court file HERE

School officials announced Tuesday afternoon that Rogers had been suspended with pay due to the charges.

Rogers’ pay totals $173,055.95, which includes his state-funded base salary of $149,186.16, plus a state-funded administrative supplement of $23,869.79, based on salary data previously furnished by ABSS.

Rogers is currently scheduled to appear in Alamance County district court on March 7, according to his court file.

The court file states that the crime that Rogers allegedly failed to report occurred on November 13, 2023.

Rogers is the second ABSS administrator to be arrested for a charge involving an alleged crime against a child or failing to take action when knowing of a crime against a child since December 29, 2023.

The offense involving Rogers is dated November 13, according to the court file.

Meanwhile, an alleged felony sex offense against a minor, for which then-principal of Eastlawn Elementary School Daniel McInnis was charged by the Burlington police on December 29, stems from an incident that allegedly occurred on November 21, 2023, according to his court file.  That case also remains pending in Alamance County district court.

The school board has announced a special called meeting for 1:00 p.m. Friday afternoon in order to enter into closed session to consult with an attorney and to discuss confidential personnel information.

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