New Lee school superintendent
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FORT MYERS, Fla.-
One week on the job and the new Lee County School superintendent is impressing her bosses, and perhaps taxpayers. Graham is saving nearly a million dollars by making changes to the administration team.
For a school board that isn't afraid to get into some heated debates, it was quick to move forward and approve new superintendent Nancy Grahams administrative staff changes.
It was a 4-0 vote to green light Graham's new streamlined staff, which will save the district nearly a million dollars.
For Graham, she's just getting started: "we are going to have a very tight budget and i have a board that wants us to stay away from using reserves. so every 100,000 you can find adds up."
Only one issue tripped up the fast moving meeting, since the second in command Alberto Rodriguez was booted, some feel Latino's aren't well represented in leadership roles.
Anthony Thomas a local community activists said "the Latino community is left out in the wind and they are saying whoa... whats up.? we didn't get no love."
But, former board member Steven Teuber warned the board to not micromanage personnel issues. He said "its a policy making board and let Dr. Graham do her job to honor the choices she made."
Board member Thomas Scott agreed and wants Graham free to make her own choices. He said "we have no business in being involved in individual personnel decision. We don't have that responsibility, we don't today and were not going to have it in the future."
Board member Jeanne Dozier only added that she hopes minority issues will be addressed in the near future by Graham. She stated that "we do have some Latinos that are in position that i think can be groomed to move on."
Graham today said she listened to the board carefully and will be prepared for her next job review in three months. She said "I just know at any given time somebody says whats the progress, I need to be able to tell them and i will be able to do that."
The rest of the meeting focused on how Graham will provide data and demonstrate her achievements for her job reviews, which will be every three months for the next year, and every six months after that.