BOE postpones special called meeting

Published 1:35 pm Wednesday, January 29, 2014

A special called meeting to appoint an interim superintendent for the Butler County School System has been postponed.

The meeting was originally scheduled for Thursday night, but due to dangerous travel conditions that resulted from a winter storm that has blasted its way through Butler County leaving snow and ice in its wake, officials elected to hold the meeting at a later date.

A new date for the meeting has not yet been announced.

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The interim superintendent will take over for Darren Douthitt who resigned on Jan. 21 to accept the same position with the Anniston City School System. Douthitt will take over in Anniston in February.

Douthitt began his career in education as a teacher for the Anniston City School System, teaching English, speech, multicultural studies and GRE remediation from 1993 until 1998.

“I appreciate the opportunity to be here,” Douthitt said during the board’s regular meeting on Jan. 21. “I kept my focus on students, and that’s what kept me sane.”

Butler County Board of Education President Terry Williams said the board is looking for an interim superintendent who understands the role and duties of a superintendent.

He said the board will seek input from the community before choosing a permanent replacement for Douthitt.

“We need community involvement, so that whoever is selected can work with the community,” Williams said.