School Board: Superintendent Burke talks retirement
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FORT MYERS, Fla. - FOX 4 News is currently at the Lee County School Board as Dr. Joseph Burke is talking about his retirement.
The Superintendent for the School district of Lee County resigns effective June 19th, 2013.
Dr. James P. Burke cited family illness and stress as the main factors in his decision to prematurely terminate his contract after a year and a half on the job.
Burke said test results regarding his wife and the toll of working a 24/7 job was not something he could balance effectively and thought it best to resign.
He stated unequivocally he will not seek another job as a superintendent in another district.
School board member Mary Fischer said she understood Burke's decision to put family first but is nonetheless disappointed to see him leave. She cited his work at building relationships with the business community and making them a partner to advance Lee County as one of his greatest accomplishments.
The school board may discuss what to do next at a planning meeting today, but no votes will be cast or decisions reached. The discussion will then be tabled where it could be taken up again at the regularly scheduled board meeting tonight at 6 tonight.
Most likely up for discussion: who would be the interim superintendent and starting the process of selecting the replacement.
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