Baker-Butler Elementary opened its doors in August of 2002. It was named after these two distinguished gentlemen.

James Robert Butler


In 1981, Mr. Butler became the
first African American in
Albemarle County to be elected
to the County Board of
Supervisors where he was a
champion for establishing fair
and equitable teacher salaries.
He was a strong advocate for
quality education in Albemarle
County schools as well as for
voter rights and voter registration.

He worked tirelessly to ensure
that the Supervisors would
represent all members of the
Albemarle community.
Mr. Butler also played a vital
role in the establishment of the
Technical Education Center.
He was the first African
American Executive Director
of an Extension Service office
in Virginia.

John Edward Baker


Following a distinguished
and decorated military career,
Mr. Baker began his service
to the children and the
Albemarle County community
as an appointed at-large
member of the School Board
from 1984-87 and as a member
of the first elected School
Board from 1995-99. Mr. Baker
served for 2 years as School
Board Chairman.

His focus on quality of
instruction, effective teacher
recruiting, and, professional
development of strong
teachers, led him to introduce
a mentoring program for
new teachers to ensure
their efficient orientation
and success in schools.