LEE COUNTY, Fla. - It took hours, but Wednesday night, the Lee County School Board reached a unanimous decision on an Interim Superintendent. Larry Tihen to take Dr. James Browder's place.
The debate started after Dr. Browder put in his notice last week, leaving for a position with Edison State College.
The board voted earlier in the night to make Browder's last day be Friday. Then, there was discussion about his severance package, and the fighting over a replacement took over.
Tihen has been in the district for 31 years. He came in 1980 as the Exceptional Student Education Coordinator, and later became the director. Tihen moved on to be a principal, and finally Executive Director of Curriculum and Staff Development. He tells us he believes teamwork is what makes a successful district, and wants to continue that with the board.
While he has big plans, this position was not actually part of his own plan. He was getting ready to retire, but looks forward to assisting the district.
Several times throughout the meeting, board members were deadlocked on votes for other candidates, and discussion got heated. Once a contract for Tihen has been negotiated, it will be approved at an October 7th board meeting. Tihen will be sworn in by the end of the week.