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Butler Co. superintendent resigns for Anniston job

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The Butler County school superintendent has stepped down for a new opportunity, creating a vacancy at the top spot in the school system. 

Now, school board officials are beginning a new search for their next leader. 

 

Darren Douthitt says the desire to be closer to his ailing mother led him to accept the superintendent position in Anniston City School System. He's overseen the Butler County school system since 2010 and submitted his resignation at Tuesday night's board of education meeting in Greenville. 

"I appreciate all of the lessons learned and the experience earned. When you get in this business, you know it's business. All you can do is all you can do and I gave it all I could give it. I kept my focus on the students and that's what kept me sane," Douthitt told the crowd at the meeting. 

Douthitt started his career in education in Anniston, teaching different subjects from 1993 to 1998. He served as Anniston High School principal from 2001 to 2003, his ties in that area playing a part in him being offered the superintendent spot there.

Anniston school board president Donna Ross said Douthitt left his mark on the city and is warmly regarded in the community. 

"We're very excited for him to come back to our community. We made a great decision. We believe his great presence in the community will be a great asset in addition to him having the superintendent experience," Ross told WSFA. 

School board officials in both locations- Butler County and Anniston- called Douthitt an excellent educational leader. 

"We're wishing you the best of everything in the future. We just thank you very much for all of the things you tried to do in Butler County and the things you accomplished," Butler County Board of Education member Linda Hamilton told Douthitt during the meeting. 

"Mr. Douthitt has been excellent for Butler County school system and wherever he goes, I hope he continues to live up to this standard," Butler County Board of Education member Terry Williams added. 

Parents hope the new Butler County school superintendent can continue to address issues like enrollment, academic standards and bullying. 

Julie Swann has two children in the Butler County school system. She is also UniServ Director for the Alabama Education Association, representing Butler, Crenshaw, Lowndes, Pike and Troy City.  

"This was a good decision for Mr. Douthitt. He's having the opportunity to go closer to home and work and be closer to his family. I think he'll be able to meet the needs there. Anniston faces many of the same issues that we do in Butler County and he can take on that challenge and tackle it there," she told WSFA. "I believe it's time for a change and that we need to move in a different direction from where we've been going and so I think it's time for us to do that."

The president of the Board in Education for the Anniston City School System says Douthitt's contract negotiations are being finalized this week. He has been asked to start work in Anniston no later than February 18th with a base salary of $120,000.

The Butler County Board of Education will appoint an interim school superintendent on January 30th and launch a search for a new superintendent. 

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