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Lexington District One announces CFO John Butler to retire

LEXINGTON, S.C. — During the December 18, 2018 regular monthly meeting of the Lexington County School District One Board of Trustees, Superintendent Gregory D. Little, Ed.D., informed the board that Chief Financial Officer John C. Butler, CPA, plans to retire effective June 30, 2019.

In planning for Butler’s retirement, the district will advertise the opening for Chief Financial Officer in January and create a succession plan.

A Certified Public Accountant since 1988 and a Lexington School District One employee for more than 31 years, he led the district through the implementation of two bond referendums and oversaw the Fiscal Services end of the implementation of a new payroll/HR system.

Superintendent Greg Little reflected, “We are thankful for everything that Mr. Butler has done for our district and for his service to our students and our community.”

In 1979, while a college student, Butler began his career as auditor and evening manager for the Cox Hotel Associates. Upon graduation, he joined the South Carolina Auditor’s Office as a senior assistant auditor in 1983.

In 1985, he joined the South Carolina Department of Education as senior accountant for federal programs, and, in 1987, he joined Lexington District One as accounting coordinator in Fiscal Services.

While working at the district, he was promoted to the position of chief financial officer in 2007.

Butler earned many awards during his career. The South Carolina Association of School Business Officials awarded him its Outstanding School Business Official of the Year Award in 2012. Later that year, the Association of School Business Officials International presented him with its Distinguished Professional Eagle Award. The Lexington One Educational Office Professionals awarded him with its Administrator of the Year Award for 2016–2017.

A product of Lexington High School, he received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of South Carolina.

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