LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Tension was running high at the Lee County School Board meeting Tuesday night, as board members discussed how to move forward with a search for a new superintendent.
Board member Cathleen Morgan got so frustrated at one point, she walked out of the meeting.
At the end of Tuesday night's meeting during his comments, board member Tom Scott made a motion to appoint second in command Dr. Alberto Rodriguez as interim superintendent for the next year. He said it made the most sense because Rodriguez worked so closely with Dr. Burke.
Dr. Burke announced he will retire June 19 for family and health reasons.
But Morgan didn't like Scott's suggestion. She said she feels Dr. Rodriguez is not qualified for the superintendent job. Other board members also felt they needed more time to make a calculated decision on who would be the next district leader.
Board member Don Armstrong felt Morgan's comments were inappropriate, and when he addressed that issue, she walked out.
The motion to appoint Rodriguez failed with a 3 to 2 vote. Scott and Armstrong voted for it.
The board will have a workshop on May 21st at 10 a.m. to discuss how to move forward in the search for a new superintendent.