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Interim Lee County schools superintendent's contract not quite finished

Jun. 14, 2013
Nancy Graham
Nancy Graham

What’s next

Lee County school board briefing meeting is at 2 p.m. Tuesday, followed by a regular meeting at 6 p.m. at the public education center, 2855 Colonial Blvd., in Fort Myers


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With four days left before former Naples High Principal Nancy Graham is sworn-in as Lee schools new district leader, school officials are awaiting details of her contract.

Graham is replacing retiring Superintendent Joseph Burke, who leaves the district Wednesday. Graham will be sworn-in at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the district’s public education center.

Board attorney Keith Martin has been negotiating the details of the contract with Graham, however it hasn’t been signed yet. The board is expected to discuss the contract at Tuesday’s board meeting, said Amity Chandler, the district’s communications director.

Martin was unavailable for comment Friday.

“I know there will be some discussion regarding any goals and objectives Dr. Graham sets for herself,” said board Chairwoman Mary Fischer. “The board will have to review that as a body and fine tune all of that.”

Fischer said she’s been in communication with Martin and doesn’t expect Graham’s contract to differ much from Burke’s.

Burke’s base salary is about $185,000. He also received additional money for his moving expenses, car allowance and benefits. At Naples High, Graham’s salary was $119,387.50, according to Collier County records.

There is one major difference the board can expect to see when presented Graham’s contract. Burke was offered a three-year term, but is retiring early. When the board selected Graham they voted for an up-to-one year flexible contract that allowed them to conduct a national superintendent search.

The board voted two weeks ago for that search to happen in October.

The board also expressed wanting evaluations every three months during Graham’s first year — a difference from Burke’s semi-annual evaluations.

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