Former superintendent Mike Bone will fill the position during Butrum's absence.
Butrum was not present for the regular monthly school board meeting Tuesday evening.
When reached for comment this morning, Butrum offered none.
At the close of a meeting, which tweaked some board policies related to student attendance and the language in an ADA grievance guideline, Board Chair Amy Martin made the announcement.
Martin also announced a special called meeting for Nov. 1 at noon in the Central Office Boardroom, with a single agenda item -- "modification of the superintendent's contract."
The board was asked by Martin during Tuesday's meeting to suspend the rules of order. "I'd like to ask that we appoint an acting superintendent for the next 15 days."
According to Martin, Bone has agreed to serve as acting superintendent. Bone is out of town, but will return on Tuesday to assume his duties.
Chad Graham made a motion supporting the appointment, and Diane Neeley seconded. The motion passed unanimously.
"Everybody on this board gives Mr. Bone their full support," said board member Michael Cook. "We appreciate him stepping into a role like this at a time that is tough."
Bone was Bedford County's last elected school superintendent, taking office in 1996, and was then appointed to the post after the state went to a system of school-board-hired superintendents. He retired in 2005. Prior to serving as superintendent, he was principal at Shelbyville Central High School.
Martin went on to make a motion that any school-related items, other than standard operating expenses, which have been submitted to the finance office be put on hold until they could be reviewed further, which also passed unanimously.
The board's next regular meeting is scheduled for Nov. 20.