Published: Mar 31, 2011 8:21 PM EDT
Updated: Mar 31, 2011 5:39 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Interim Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Lawrence Tihen, is utilizing vacation leave to address a family issue, said Joe Donzelli, a representative of Lee County Public Schools

As of now, Dr. Tihen has not come to any decision to take an extended leave of absence or to resign from his current position with the District.

Dr. Tihen has designated Dr. Gregory Adkins, the District’s Chief Human Resources Officer, to perform the duties of Interim Superintendent in his absence.

"Given Dr. Tihen’s more than 30 years of dedication and service to Lee County Public Schools, coupled with his impeccable work ethic, no decision or announcement on any future employment changes would be made without his consultation with School Board members," Donzelli stated in a letter announcing Dr. Tihen's temporary leave of absence.