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Outgoing Roanoke Rapids Graded School District Superintendent Dain Butler said he is appreciative of the support he has received during his five-year tenure as the system’s administrative leader.

The Roanoke Rapids school board Tuesday night accepted his resignation after meeting in closed session for around 45 minutes.

“I have enjoyed the last five years spent as the superintendent of Roanoke Rapids Graded School District,” he said in a statement. “I am proud of the accomplishments and progress that we have made as a district. I will also be forever grateful for the overwhelming support and care given to me during my successful battle with cancer.”

Butler said, “I wish the community well as they continue to advocate for our children. I will be moving on to a new leadership position that can hopefully be announced in the near future.”

After Tuesday night’s special called meeting, board Chair Jay Carlilse read a statement on the decision to accept Butler’s resignation which said the system and the outgoing superintendent reached an agreement to accept his resignation effective September 30.

The school system will pay Butler a severance of $152,680.77 plus reimbursement of his COBRA health coverage for up to 18 months.

In a question emailed to the school system this morning asking why Butler received a severance package when he resigned, school board attorney Deborah R. Stagner of Tharrington Smith Attorneys replied, “The board has no further comment beyond the chair’s statement last night.”

The school board agreed to designate Assistant Superintendent Juliana Thompson as the interim administrative leader of the school system.

Butler was sworn in as superintendent in July of 2016.

Before coming to Roanoke Rapids, Butler had a nearly 17-year career in public education and had served as executive director for school administration in the Alamance-Burlington School District, a position he had held for the last four years before being hired in Roanoke Rapids.

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.