School board gives superintendent nearly $21k raise

Alamance-Burlington school board members voted 6-0 Monday night to give ABSS superintendent Dr. Dain Butler a $20,800 raise, increasing his yearly salary by 10.5 percent, from $197,600 to $218,400.

The board voted 6-0 to give Butler a raise following a closed session, in which the superintendent’s first annual job performance evaluation was discussed along with the semi-monthly personnel report for ABSS.

School board members also unanimously agreed that Butler’s performance during his first year on the job merited a $5,000 bonus, which Butler declined to accept.

The $20,800 raise “is an appropriate reflection of Dr. Butler’s strong leadership and brings his salary in line” with that of superintendents of school systems that are similar in size and complexity to ABSS, the school board said in a subsequent statement.

Butler was hired last year at an initial annual salary of $190,000. His salary was increased by $7,600 last fall, as part of the “local raises and bonuses” that all employees at the Central Office received last fall, ABSS officials subsequently confirmed for The Alamance News.

The $7,600 salary increase he received last fall was in keeping with several provisions within Butler’s employment contract, which entitle the superintendent to receive any bonus, supplements, and/or other increases in compensation awarded to other Central Office employees.

School board members also voted 6-0 Monday night to extend Butler’s employment contract by an additional year, until June 30, 2027.

Butler took over as superintendent in late June 2022, succeeding former ABSS superintendent Dr. Bruce Benson, who retired at the end of 2021, after 3½ years at the helm, and former superintendent Dr. Jim Merrill, who served six months as interim.

An Alamance County native and a former ABSS administrator, Butler had most recently worked as the director of school administration until 2016, before leaving to become superintendent of the Roanoke Rapids Graded School District in Roanoke Rapids.    He briefly worked as an administrator in the Guilford County school system immediately before his hiring as the ABSS superintendent.