A new principal is coming to West Jefferson High School this fall.
The Jefferson Local School District Board of Education unanimously approved the employment of Michael Bute during Monday’s meeting.
Bute was their “top pick” said superintendent Bill Mullett during the meeting.
“Out of 55 applicants, he came through and shined,” Mullett said.
A University of Toledo alum, Bute has spent the past six years as principal for Antwerp middle and high school.
Bute was drawn to the apply due to the “strong sense of community support and pride.”
“It’s an honor to be a part of the West Jefferson community and school district,” Bute said.
Current principal Dave Metz’s last day on the job is July 31.
After serving as principal for 16 years, and working for the district for 46, Metz said he still plans on staying active with the schools but that he and his wife will “focus on our six grandchildren” once he is retired.
Other business during Monday’s meeting:
• Kim Wilson, superintendent for Tolles Career & Technical Center, recognized board president Meg Hiss for 12 years of service on the Board of Education.
• West Jefferson Mayor Ray Martin spoke on projects he is working on that affect the schools, such as adding a sidewalk from the campus to the Hurt/Battelle Memorial Library and to Converse Park.
• A parent voiced her concerns over her son’s exclusion from the National Honor Society. The mother claimed that her son has a 4.0 GPA and participates in extracurricular activities, but was denied due to character evaluation. The mother stated that if there is such a major flaw in his character, she has a right to know what it is.
She also pointed out that Metz told her her son had never been sent to his office for behavioral problems.
The board, at member Dave Harper’s suggestion, opted to discuss further whether they think they should intervene and get back to the mother.
Reach Erin Thompson at 740-837-4502.
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