O'Fallon Progress

Metro-east superintendent resigns for personal reasons

John M. Bute
John M. Bute

John M. Bute, superintendent of Central School District 104 in O’Fallon, has resigned effective June 30, 2017.

He cited personal reasons in his letter of resignation. He and his wife, Nicole, are expecting a child.

The letter is dated Jan. 11, and marked received by the district on Jan. 12, but wasn’t submitted to the District 104 Board of Education until it’s monthly board meeting Monday, Feb. 13.

“I want to express my appreciation to the students, staff and community for welcoming us to the area in 2012,” Bute states in his resignation letter.

Bute said he has accepted a position to be superintendent at the Prairie Grove Consolidated School District 46 in Crystal Lake, IL. Prairie Grove school board officially hired him during a board meeting Jan. 10.

“The time has come for a change...Nicole and I have experienced many positive life events here, and will reflect fondly on the school district, community and people connected to District 104,” Bute states in his letter.

Bute plans to take some time off when his third daughter’s birth occurs “anytime now.”

“It’s been stressful...especially with one of my twin daughters having a nasty virus for about two weeks now,” Bute said.

Bute has a 26-year-old son living in Florida currently. He and Nicole’s twins — Aibhlinn and Abigail — are 2 years old.

The couple has lived in the metro-east for five years and will soon be moving to the Crystal Lake area.

“I grew up in southern Illinois, and my two brothers and nephews and so forth still reside here in the 618 zip code, where as my wife grew up in central Illinois, so we will be a little closer to her family soon,” Bute said.

With his 12 years of experience in his field, Bute says he is willing to help with the transition once a new superintendent is hired.

There is a special meeting slated for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16 at the Central Elementary library located at 309 Hartman Lane to review, approve or disapprove the employment of an interim superintendent beginning July 1, 2017.

Bute started out as a high school and junior high school principal for seven years in Farmington, Clay City and St. Elmo, IL.

Prior to joining Central School District 104, Bute served as superintendent at Bureau Valley Consolidated Unit School District 340 in Manlius, IL., and Pleasant Hill School District 69 in Peoria, IL.

John has also been a valuable member of our superintendent collaborative team of OTHS, District 90 and Shiloh District 85. John is a friend and I wish him the very best in his next venture.

Dale Sauer, Shiloh School Dist. 85 superintendent

Reaction to superintendent’s resignation

District 104 board of education member Laurie Burian said it’s been about two years since she joined the board.

“I’ve appreciated his contribution to Central School District and we congratulate him on his new position,” Burian said of Bute.

Colleague Dale Sauer, Shiloh School District 85 superintendent, said Bute will be missed.

Central 104 and Shiloh 85 have partnered on several professional development opportunities over the last three years, Sauer said.

“John has also been a valuable member of our superintendent collaborative team of OTHS, District 90 and Shiloh District 85. John is a friend and I wish him the very best in his next venture,” Sauer said.

O’Fallon District 90 Superintendent Carrie Hruby echoed the remarks of her colleague Sauer.

“I’ve enjoyed the pleasure of getting to know and collaborating with Mr. Bute and wish him the very best in his new position,” Hruby said.

Superintendent Darcy Benway, of O’Fallon Township High School District 203, said she wishes Bute “the very best on his future pursuits.”

“I have appreciated his collaborative approach and insights as we worked together to address issues facing O’Fallon schools. (He) has a passion for education and is dedicated to the students he serves,” Benway said.

Robyn L. Kirsch: 618-239-2690, @BND_RobynKirsch

Special meeting to review interim superintendent

  • When: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16
  • Where: Central Elementary School library at 309 Hartman Lane