LEE COUNTY, Fla.- The new Lee County Schools Superintendent Dr. Nancy Graham says she put two top administrators on leave because it's "what's best for the district."
On her first day on the job, Graham put both Dr. Alberto Rodriguez, the CAO, and Dr. Deedara Hicks, the South Zone Executive Director, on administrative leave. She says they'll be on leave for the duration on their contracts, which end on June 30.
Dr. Graham offered little information about why she made the decision, simply saying she did what she thought was best for the district.
Former Superintendent Dr. Joseph Burke brought both Rodriguez and Hicks to the district two years ago. Graham says that did not impact her decision.
Hicks found herself at the center of controversy, while the state investigated whether she showed up to work under the influence. The state ruled no action against her was necessary. Now, the state is investigating whether Dr. Burke inappropriately suspended that investigation.
Graham's organizational chart will be released on Tuesday, which will show who is in what position for next year. She says she has made changes and eliminated some positions. She says it's all for the best of the students.
At that point, we'll know for sure whether Rodriguez or Hicks will be back.
Graham says in her first day, staff members have already told her they feel like she is moving them forward.