|Published:||Mar 29, 2013 5:13 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Mar 29, 2013 5:58 PM EDT|
LEE COUNTY, Fla. - The Florida Department of Education is not satisfied with the district's investigation into Lee County Superintendent, Joseph Burke.
This week, the state sent a letter to Lee County School Board Chair, Mary Fischer, demanding board members conduct an independent investigation.
Just days after the Superintendent announced his retirement, the state ordered Lee County board members to look into his actions again.
Burke first came under fire for how he ended an investigation into Deedra Hicks. In August 2011, Hicks was accused of showing up for work drunk.
Despite district policy, she was never tested and now the Florida Department of Education is questioning why Burke stopped the district's investigation.
"In order to protect the district, I thought it appropriate to stop the statements from being taken," Burke stated in a previous interview with Wink News.
But according to the FDOE letter dated March 27th, "Additional investigation is necessary to determine if Dr. Burke acted appropriately by suspending an active investigation..."
The state is also looking into the transfer of 1.6 million in grant funds, moves Burke allegedly made without board approval.
Then there's a question of "293,000.00 dollars from grant funds for top level administrators, instead of monies for the students or classroom."
According to the letter, if the board does not address these concerns within 45 days, the state will step back in.
Wink News did speak with District Chairman Mary Fischer. Fischer says there will be a special meeting Tuesday at 2 p.m. to discuss the letter and how the board will move forward.
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