LEE COUNTY, Fla.- The Lee County School Board says it will respond to the State Department of Education regarding accusations against superintendent, Dr. Joseph Burke. He is under scrutiny for alleged financial misconduct, and suspending an active investigation into another top administrator.
The discussion went on for almost two hours. Half the board said these issues were already put to rest, but board members Jeanne Dozier and Cathleen Morgan want a formal, third party investigation. They say there is tension in the district and fear among employees to speak out against the administration.
Board president Mary Fischer says new documents concerning Dr. Burke suspending the investigation into Deedara Hicks alleged drinking on the job may warrant a further investigation, but she needs to review the documents.
Several board members said today was the first they heard some of the details involving the Hicks investigation. In August 2011, several employees reported they believed she was under the influence at work.
Dr. Burke is accused of suspending that investigation and just last month, the state ruled it would not take action against her. Hicks' attorney Bob Coleman sent us a statement today that says there is a medical explanation she does not plan to discuss publicly for confidentality reasons.