Lexington, SC (Paul Kirby) – Lexington County School District One is doing some reorganization at the district’s administrative level after Chief Financial Officer (CFO) John Butler, a long-time district employee, announced last year he would retire at the end of the 2018/19 school year. As CFO, Butler has been managing the district’s finances for quite some time. Before being elevated to that position years ago, he worked under the tutelage of former CFO Karl Fulmer.
District One’s Superintendent Dr. Greg Little said in a recent e-mail sent to all its employees that the district advertised the opening for chief financial officer and even interviewed some people. This was done as they worked toward a plan for after Butler retired. At some point during that process, it occurred to Little that this would be a good time and opportunity to do some restructuring that would improve the service the district offers their customers and streamline their work flow. Little said, “After all, we all want to work as efficiently and effectively as possible, and I believe a few changes will allow us to do just that.”
Little said that the management team has decided not to fill Butler’s position of CFO after his retirement. Instead, they will merge Fiscal Services into Operations, and the current Chief Operations Officer Jeff Salters will lead that unified portion of the district’s administration.
The other moves Little said his team thought could improve the district’s processes includes moving the Information Technology Office to Instructional Services. That office is led by Dr. Gloria Talley. Also, the School Counseling and Advisement Office, now located in Instructional Services, as well as Athletics, now located in Operations, will move to the Student Services Division . Employee Benefits will move from Fiscal Services to Human Resources which is more in line with other organizations of Lexington One’s size.
Little assured the employees that they were all doing a good job, and he hoped that these changes would be positive. In his message he said, “The work you do each day is excellent. I believe, though, that these changes allow us to group work-like areas, increase collaboration and streamline our work.”