Dean back in Butler County

Published 12:29 pm Saturday, June 12, 2010

Former Escambia County High School principal Joseph Dean, who resigned 10 days after being unanimously named by the school board to the position, is back in Butler County.

The 38-year-old Butler County educator and Monroe County native, came to ECHS from Butler County after serving as the interim superintendent this past school year. His name was on two school board agendas Thursday evening related to personnel issues. The first was the approval of his resignation by the Escambia County Board of Education effective June 7.

“I submitted his resignation that he presented to me Monday to the board at yesterday’s board meeting and they accepted it,” Superintendent of Education Billy Hines said.

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The second was an action by the Butler County Board of Education to rescind Dean’s resignation as principal of Butler County Magnet School.

Hines did not want to comment on Dean’s return to Butler County.

Dean told “The Greenville Advocate” Tuesday that he was still employed by Butler County School System because the board never formerly accepted his resignation. He added that two districts could not employ him simultaneously.

Hines said that Dean had accepted the job with the Escambia County School System and was using earned leave from Butler County while working on the ECHS campus last week.

“We knew he was using vacation time earned in Butler County to start with us early,” Hines said Tuesday.

The school board unanimously approved the hiring of Dean on May 27 and Dean worked three days last week. Meanwhile, Hines is currently accepting applications for the job after re-advertising the position Tuesday.

Superintendent of Education Billy Hines introduces new ECHS principal Joseph Dean.|Photo by Adam Prestridge