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Lee County school board member says problems within board

School board member says 'Superintendent Under Fire'
Posted: 12:32 AM, Jan 17, 2019
Updated: 2019-01-17 06:57:48-05
School board member says problems within board

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- "Superintendent Under Fire". That was the subject line of the email sent to Lee County School Board Members from District 7's Cathleen Morgan early Tuesday morning.

In the email, Morgan states that “the new school board is fracturing". She states that Superintendent Dr. Gregory Adkins “has been under relentless assault from one board member and a small community group”.

Four In Your Corner spoke with four school district members Tuesday night. They each said there are issued that need to be addressed, but they denied claims of unrest amongst board members - or intentions to fire the Superintendent.

Lee County School Board Member Gwynetta Gittens, District 5, said there won’t be a vote to fire the Superintendent tomorrow, because it isn’t that type of meeting. “Voting is only done at action meetings. There is no action meeting tomorrow, so there is no vote.”

Dr. Adkins has been the superintendent of the Lee County School Board since 2015. He issued a statement Wednesday. “My heart is with the district, the employees, and the students and the families that we serve eery day. I am fully committed to them, and to the board."

The district says he is not stepping down.

Florida Sunshine laws prevent board members from discussing issues amongst each other outside of their designated meetings. It allows for a “workshop”. Where members say that’s where the future of the board will be discussed.

The next workshop is scheduled for Thursday, January 17th at 2 p.m.