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Roanoke Rapids Graded Schools Superintendent Dain Butler announced today he will be undergoing chemotherapy treatment for Central Nervous System Lymphoma, a treatable and quite possible completely curable form of cancer.  

“I’m fully prepared to fight this with the support of my family, friends, and the wonderful staff we have here in the district. Please continue to keep me in your thoughts and prayers.”  

Butler hopes to return to work at the start of the 2019-2020 school year.  

Upon being hired as the top school administrator in the city, Butler already had a nearly 17-year career in public education in North Carolina — most recently serving as executive director for school administration for Alamance-Burlington Schools. He held that position for the last four years before being hired in Roanoke Rapids.

As a key member of the superintendent’s cabinet, Butler is responsible for legal, administrative, and operational issues, including board policies, student discipline appeals, grievances, student assignment, alternative education programs, and school safety and security.

Butler also served as director of school improvement and accountability from 2008 to 2012. He began his educational career in Alamance-Burlington Schools as a middle school teacher before moving up to an assistant principal and ultimately a principal position at local elementary schools.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. He attended graduate school at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he earned his master’s in school administration in 2002 and his doctorate in educational leadership in 2012.

An intense search to find a replacement for former Superintendent Dennis Sawyer led the Roanoke Rapids Graded School District to name Butler to lead the city's education system.

Butler was the unanimous choice of the school system his contract approved on a motion by board member Linda Brewer and a second by Jane Deese.