Published: Jul 01, 2011 9:52 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 01, 2011 8:33 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla. - Dr. Joseph Burke was joined by family and friends as he was sworn in this morning at school district headquarters.

Principals, teachers and staff from across the county were also in attendance.

Burke takes over the top school job after being superintendent in Monroe County. He's inheriting a district with a $48 million budget deficit, but one filled with overachieving students and teachers. 

For the third year in row, the district received an A from the state. Nearly 91% of schools in the county received a passing grade this past year.

"91% A's and B's. A Few C's sprinkled in here. We're going to work on those, but its very exciting," Dr. Burke said. 

Burke will hit the ground running as board members are expected to pass a tentative budget on July 26th. The new superintendent says he's confident they will be able to make cuts outside the classroom.