LEE COUNTY, Fla.- The State Education Department is looking into allegations Lee County School Superintendent Dr. Joseph Burke mismanaged money and committed other misconduct.
The inspector general sent a letter to school board president Mary Fischer on Monday.
It says the state received allegations regarding Dr. Burke, and says the inspector general has the authority to investigate allegations of waste, fraud, or financial mismanagement within the school district.
The letter, made public on the school district's website, says the allegations include:
-Dr. Burke suspended an active Lee County Office of Professional Standards investigation (January 2012) concerning Dr. Deedara Hicks.
-Dr. Burke transferred approximately $1.6 million in grant funds (Federal and State Title I, II, III, and IDEA) from their designated grant accounts and line items to a separate general fund account (9600) without board approval.
-Within a question and answer memorandum, Dr. Burke acknowledged that the Organization Chart net increases in expenses from 2011-2012, totaled $298,000.00, but only $4,719.00 came from the General Fund. This appears to show $293,000.00 from Grant funds for top level administrators, instead of monies for the students and classrooms.
According to the agenda, the school board will discuss the issue at a special Tuesday meeting.
The letter asks for a response to the state within 30 days.