Published: May 25, 2012 5:37 PM EDT
Updated: May 25, 2012 6:03 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla.- The state of Lee County schools was the big topic of discussion at breakfast event put on by the Foundation for Lee County Public Schools Friday morning.

This was the first address for superintendent Dr. Joseph Burke.

The theme of the event was Going for the Gold. Dr. Burke told the audience the Lee County School District has a great deal of work ahead. Business and community leaders and district partners gathered at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theater for breakfast and a status update on the Lee County School District.

Dr. Burke addressed the crowd, telling them that the district has seen some some positive strides, but the big concern on many minds was the recent poor performance by students on the FCAT test.

The superintendent told the crowd, schools and district grades will go down before we see them go back up. Dr. Burke also addressed issues facing teachers.

In all, the superintendent says despite the challenges ahead, he sees better days in the district's future.

This was the 21st annual State of Our Schools event.