Lee Superintendent facing investigation
School Board will meet Tuesday to address allegations
FORT MYERS -- The Lee County School Board will hold a special meeting Tuesday night to address allegations of mismanagement brought to the attention of the Florida Department of Education.
Lee board member Mary Fischer received a letter from the Florida Department of Education on Feb. 25th indicating that the Inspector General has received allegations regarding Lee County Superintendent Dr. Jospeh Burke.
In the letter, the Department cited four instances of alleged mismanagement.
Dr. Burke is accused of suspending an active Lee County Office of Professional Standards investigation in 2012 concerning Dr. Deedara Hicks.
He is accused of transferring approximately $1.6 million in grant funds from their designated grant accounts and line items to a separate general fund account without board approval.
And Burke is accused of spending $293,000 of grant funds on top level administrators instead of allocating them for the classroom.
The Inspector General is requesting the Board of Education provide a written response to the allegations within 30 days of receiving the letter.
The School Board will meet in special session Tuesday night to discuss the letter and how it will proceed. Stay tuned to Fox 4 for complete coverage of this issue.