Lee County School Board starts selection process for new superintendent
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CREATED May. 21, 2013
Fort Myers, Fla.
Deciding who will replace outgoing superintendent Joseph Burke when he retires next month was the casue for a special meeting held by the lee county school board.
Its a short list, especially considering the people who are not on it.
Dr. burke's second in command... Dr. Alberto Rodriguez ... as well as deedara hicks, another top administrator failed to make the cut.
It appears the lee county school board is ready to sweep the entire burke legacy under the carpet and move on.
Sitting face to face -- in a roundtable discussion -- the lee county school board traded confrontation for cooperation as they hammered out a plan to hire the next superintendent.
A list of seven names made the cut.
All of them southwest florida residents... many of them on the same list from a year and half ago during the last selection process - when doctor burke was picked.
Board member tom scott pointed out that they already had a list of names that had bubled to the surface and a couple of them are still there, so he added why go thru the process again with a national search.
The last selection process cost taxpayers 13-thousand dollars and since that search was so recent... the board doesn't see the need to go through the whole extended "national" search process again.
Plus, the board thinks "local" is "better."
Jeanne Dozzier stated that somebody close to home, that knows the district... they are the ones who are going to hit the ground running.)
Not even half way thru his three year contract, Dr. Burkes sudden departure in the midst of a state investigation, is leaving the school board in a lurch. by state mandate the vacancy must be filled by june 19th.
And that vacancy apparently won't be filled by burke's top lieutenant alberto rodriguez.
His name never even came up as a candidate.
Board memeber mary fischer stated controversy about this current administration caused people to rethink the appointment of rodriguez.
Considering the last search was so recent, only two board members will need to interview just 3 candidates.
Everyone else has already made contact and been evaluated.
The board will make their final decision by this time next week.
The contract will be for two years.