Kim McVey left her position as chief financial officer for the Alamance-Burlington School System, according to a statement from Superintendent Dain Butler on Feb. 19. According to Butler’s statement, Deputy Superintendent Lowell Rogers will temporarily oversee finances until an interim can be hired. 

McVey’s departure from the school system comes about two weeks after State Sen. Amy Galey opened a legislative investigation into the district’s financial decisions. Galey requested the Joint Legislative Commission on Governmental Operations look into what the school board has declared to be a financial crisis.

At a school board work session Feb. 13, McVey projected the school system will end this academic year with a possible $3.2 million deficit. McVey also presented the school system’s possible $57.7 million budget request for the next fiscal year, which begins July 1. ABSS will submit its finalized budget to the county manager on June 3.

In summer 2023, ABSS spent nearly $26 million on cleaning up 32 of its 36 schools after a mold outbreak. School board chair Sandy Ellington-Graves declared that the school district was in financial crisis in November 2023. At the end of January,  Superintendent Dain Butler announced a plan to lay off and reduce hours for over 50 employees, including school nurses, social workers and counselors, which was put on hold after county commissioners approved $250,000 to delay the reduction in force.

Though Butler did not disclose the circumstances behind McVey’s departure, the Alamance News reported that McVey attempted to resign after meeting with the legislative commission late last week. ABSS Public Information Officer Les Atkins told Elon News Network that it was the superintendent’s decision to let go of McVey on Feb. 18.

“In ABSS, The Finance Officer serves at the pleasure of the Superintendent. Dr. Butler decided to part ways with Ms. McVey as of yesterday at 5 p.m. and move in a different direction,” Atkins wrote in an email to Elon News Network.

 An earlier version of this article mistakenly did not introduce ABSS Superintendent Dain Butler. Elon News Network regrets this error.