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Prairie Grove Consolidated School District 46 hires superintendent

Prairie Grove Consolidated School District 46 Board of Education has hired John Bute as its new Superintendent.
Prairie Grove Consolidated School District 46 Board of Education has hired John Bute as its new Superintendent.

PRAIRIE GROVE – Prairie Grove Consolidated School District 46 will have a new superintendent starting July 1.

John Bute will hold the position that Dan Bertrand has been filling part time since former Superintendent Phil Bender retired in December, according to a news release from the district.

Bute, 48, said that after working as the superintendent at Central School District 104 in O’Fallon since 2012, he and his family were looking for something closer to the Chicago area.

“It’s an outstanding district with high-quality staff, high-achieving students and a great community,” Bute said. “Those are really the factors that pulled me to [Prairie Grove].”

Before working in O’Fallon, Bute was the superintendent at Bureau Valley Consolidated Unit School District 340 in Manlius and Pleasant Hill School District 69 in Peoria. He also has served as a high school and junior high school principal.

“I’m very passionate about helping every student to the best of their abilities,” Bute said.

Bute received his bachelor’s degree in secondary social science education and educational specialist degrees from Eastern Illinois University, and his master’s in administration and leadership from Northern Illinois University.

He also is a candidate for a doctoral degree in educational administration and leadership from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, the release stated.

The board approved Bute’s contract at its Jan. 10 meeting, according to the news release.

“The board is excited to begin working with our new superintendent and our outstanding faculty, staff and administrative team, to continue our legacy of educational excellence,” board President Joe Ricciardi said in a statement. “We feel Mr. Bute’s considerable experience and the dedication to continuous improvement he articulated during the selection process will serve the district well.”

Bute will be paid an annual salary of $150,000 for each year of his three-year contract, with potential for salary increases based on the evaluation of performance goals, according to his contract.

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