Argyle HS principal leaves for Ballinger ISD

A community-wide farewell for Jeffrey Butts, the Argyle High School principal who recently announced his departure, was held on  Dec. 17 at the school.

Butts, who started as the assistant principal at Argyle High School in the fall of 2005, took on the principal position the following year and has served for eight and a half years – the longest serving principal at Argyle High School, said Dr. Telena Wright, superintendent of the Argyle Independent School District.

“Mr. Butts has been a very valuable contributor to the high school for 9 1/2 years,” she said, adding he has worked diligently on ensuring strong academic skills for students as well as ensuring a balance between academic, fine arts and athletic programs.

Butts’ last day with Argyle High School was Friday, Dec. 19. He will move to take on the top educational spot with the Ballinger Independent School District – the same district where he once coached football.

Butts was announced as the lone finalist for the Ballinger superintendent position following unanimous approval from the Ballinger ISD board of trustees. Butts told his Argyle High School staff on Dec. 3, Wright said. The position of Argyle High School principal was posted on Dec. 3, she said, adding the job is open to both internal and external candidates.

The Ballinger School District had 36 applicants apply for their superintendent vacancy. Based his 27 years of experience in education, Butts was selected, according to Larry Taylor, interim superintendent at Ballinger ISD.

“He has a wide range of experience that has prepared him to deal with the challenges that one faces as a superintendent,” Taylor noted in a news release.

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