The Botetourt County Public Schools is pleased to announce that John S. Busher III has been appointed as Superintendent of the Botetourt County Public Schools. The school division has been working with Ray & Associates for the past few months. The deadline for applicants for this position was drawing to a close on September 22nd. The board had appointed John Busher to be the interim superintendent until such time that a new superintendent was hired.
For the past three months, Mr. Busher has been doing the job on a daily basis. Originally when approached to be the interim, he was asked if he was interested in being the superintendent and was he planning to apply for the position. Mr. Busher informed the board that he was not interested in doing the job on a regular basis. He was retired and was working part time for the state helping other school divisions improving student achievement. He loves Botetourt and was a very dedicated employee when he worked for the school division previously, but he did not want to be considered for full time employment.
Mr. Busher was no stranger to our school division and being retired for two years did not diminish his love and concern for the Botetourt Schools. He began from day one and delved right into the everyday issues and began taking up the reins without missing a beat. His performance for the past three months has been exemplary. He did not come in and coast along doing a little of this and a little of that. He jumped in and began laying out a plan to assist the new person coming in to take on this important job. His philosophy was to make sure he knew what was happening and not that he thought he knew what was happening. Mr. Busher worked very hard to lay a foundation depicting the school division’s strengths and areas needing attention. He met with employees across the division and began orchestrating a comprehensive plan reviewing where we were, where we are, and where we need to be in the future.
During these three months, the Board worked closely with Mr. Busher and realized what he was actually doing and how impressed they were with his findings. He probed into things and began putting this school puzzle together piece by piece. Dr. Brads had left things in good order and much of what Mr. Busher found, he remembers working on with Dr. Brads. It was easy for him to pick up where Dr. Brads left off, since he had worked so closely with him for so many years. Every meeting the Board had with Mr. Busher gave them more insight into what he was actually capable of doing. The Board realized that this man was not simply retired, filling in on a temporary basis, but that he really personified a true leader taking on diverse tasks at hand. Ray & Associates had helped us to qualify the characteristics we were looking for in a superintendent. After reviewing what they learned from their meetings with people in our schools and our community, we realized everything we were looking for in a superintendent was already here in John Busher. The Board began talking to one another and felt strongly that they needed to have another conversation with him regarding this position. Mr. Busher was consulted several times as to whether or not he changed his mind regarding giving this position serious consideration. He really hadn’t given it any more thought since he just wanted to serve as the interim. After several individual conversations, the board was in agreement that they needed to pursue Mr. Busher as the next superintendent. Ray & Associates were contacted and told that we were considering Mr. Busher to fill this position and that we wanted to suspend the search.
Mr. Busher accepted this opportunity and is eager to continue what he has already begun. Mr. Busher will begin his tenure officially as Division Superintendent October 1, 2015. The details of his contract are yet to be worked out and will be completed prior to the first of October. Mr. Busher previously worked for the Botetourt County Public Schools as Assistant Superintendent for 8 years and retired in 2013. Previously, he was employed with the Virginia Department of Education as an Accreditation/Assessment Specialist for 3 years helping school divisions to improve student academic performance. Prior to that, he was in Franklin County as the principal of the middle school for 4 years and also principal of the elementary school for 7 years. He also served as an adjunct professor at Ferrum College for a year teaching students regarding curriculum development and assessment. Mr. Busher is married to Karen Keane Busher, a gifted resource teacher with the Botetourt Schools and two children, Bronwyn and John. Presently, both are in college, and are graduates of Botetourt County Public Schools.