CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Fayette County school system will have a new superintendent next month.
The West Virginia Board of Education on Monday announced that Keith Butcher, a former principal in Nicholas and Braxton counties, will step in as the new school chief on July 1, taking the place of longtime educator Dwight Dials.
"I believe that continued economic development in Fayette County is dependent upon having an outstanding school system," Butcher said. "I am excited about this opportunity and look forward to working with the educators, parents and students in Fayette County."
Dials announced in early June that he was halting his career in education to spend time with his 90-year-old father, who is battling serious health issues.
"I love children, I love what I do, and this is a very difficult decision," Dials said. "But I'm tired and I have to make other priorities to my family over the school system."
Dials was appointed as superintendent of Fayette County Schools in February 2010 after the state took over control of the school system amid ongoing concerns about slumping student achievement and deteriorating school buildings.
Butcher, who currently serves as executive director of Regional Service Agency 1 in Beckley, will inherit many of the same problems two years later.