LEE COUNTY, Fla.-The Florida Department of Education Office of the Inspector General issued its findings this week from an investigation into former Lee County Schools Superintendent Doctor Joseph Burke.
In the 21-page report, the Inspector General found enough evidence to show Doctor Burke improperly haulted a probe involving a top administrator. Doctor Deedra Hicks was accused of being intoxicated on the job. The report reads, "This office found no specific authority that would permit the superintendent to suspend an active investigation."
The state also found evidence to back up allegations Dr. Burke improperly moved $1.6 million in grant funds to a general fund account without board approval. The state notes testimonies by district staff, "noted concerns regarding the funding being moved so suddenly and the number of months that went by with no direction for the use of the funds."
The state did not find enough evidence to support accusations Dr. Burke spent $293,000 on salaries for top level administrators, instead of classrooms.
Dr. Burke and Dr. Hicks both received copies of the findings, according to the Inspector General's Office. They have until October 8th to issue a response.