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Bernier sworn in as Lee schools superintendent

Posted at 6:20 AM, May 16, 2022

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Lee County Schools officially welcomed a new superintendent Monday night.

Dr. Christopher Bernier was sworn in during a ceremony at the district headquarters in Fort Myers.

Bernier has worked in education for more than 30 years. He spent most of that time in the Orange County school district, where he worked his way up from teacher to associate superintendent.

Now, he says he's ready to take on the task of educating Lee County's children.

"I believe the challenge is getting to know this community and the community to know me," said Bernier. "Not just on a dais on a Tuesday evening board meeting, but at their child's football games and seeing me involved in community events."

He was selected to lead Lee County Schools in February out of a shortlist of five candidates in the search to replace Greg Adkins, who retired in June 2021.

Interim superintendent Dr. Ken Savage will remain with the district.