“As principal, I have been given the opportunity to make hiring decisions in several key areas that many principals never get to experience in their career,” Butler added. “During my tenure, we have hired head coaches for our basketball teams, a new band director, a drama teacher, an art teacher and a new head football coach. It is my sincere belief that each of these individuals will leave a lasting impression in their areas of responsibility.
“While I have enjoyed these experiences and have built many lasting friendships, I believe it is time for me to pursue another opportunity.”
Butler said his intent is to accept another position outside the system, which will be announced at a later date.
Cartersville Assistant Superintendent Ken Clouse explained the process for hiring a new principal.
“The school system posted the CHS principal vacancy ... April 15. The timing presents a relatively small window to ascertain a large pool of candidates as most other systems have or are already in the process of issuing contracts for the 2014-15 school year,” Clouse said. “This is the time of year that decisions are already being made which impact next school year and it would be our intent to move as quickly as possible to name a successor at CHS.
“At the same time, we will do due diligence to seek the best quality leader for the high school. The start date for the new principal is scheduled to be July 1. We would hope to have that person named no later than the May 12 Board meeting, if not before.”
Clouse said the system appreciates Butler’s service.
“Steve Butler has served the high school for two years in a time of great change in education. He has faithfully presided over a massive change in the student and teachers’ schedule, implementation of the state’s common core curriculum, and initial implementation of the state’s new teacher evaluation program which will be a huge paradigm change greatly impacting instruction, assessment and student progress. These were no easy tasks for any leader,” Clouse said. “We wish Mr. Butler the best as he pursues other opportunities in his career. He has a lot of skills to offer in a variety of capacities. He will continue to fulfill all the duties of his current contract with the system and remains the CHS principal through June 30.”