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Hiring freeze in effect for some Lee County school positions

Posted: 7:41 AM, Jun 08, 2018
Updated: 2018-06-08 11:41:28Z

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Lee County School Board is putting an immediate freeze on non-instructional positions.

This comes days after the school board approved a 13% pay raise for Superintendent Dr. Gregory Adkins.

The district tells Fox 4 that this is not something that's uncommon, and the money will go towards students.

We spoke to a former Lee County School Board Member who feels the money might be going somewhere else.

“We need to do a lot more fiscally responsible things with our money, than to give it to somebody to live very nicely with,” says Don Armstrong.

So we reached out to the school board, who tells us the freeze affects only a select few positions, and it's the best move to make things work for the Lee County School District.

“We have actually two efficiency audits under way; one is from the state, one is from a company that we contracted with independently here at the school district.  And they may come back and tell us more efficient ways to staff our schools and to staff the district.  And why should we go out and fill these positions when we’re waiting for these reports that may give us better ways to do it,” says spokesman Rob Spicker.

The positions that are affected include bookkeepers, information specialists, and network supports, just to name a few.