Sad news: South Lakes High School Principal Bruce Butler is retiring at the end of the school year.
He announced his decision in a letter to parents and students on Monday.By all accounts, Butler changed the climate at South Lakes, which had, at times, been less than stellar before he became principal. He also saw the school through a contentious redistricting process that, among other things, generated the most incontrovertible argument ever about the evils of redistricting, in convenient toy form, largely by setting an example for students and faculty that enabled them to ignore some pretty unbelievable attacks on the school by
Butler began his career in education as an earth science teacher at Herndon High in 1981. He was named assistant principal at Herndon High in 1993, then moved to South Lakes as an assistant principal in 1998. He was named principal of South Lakes in June 2005.
Fairfax County will soon hold a community meeting to garner feedback on Butler's replacement. We'd encourage county school officials to find someone committed to the mission statement in the fancy image above.