Lee County School Board holds workshop for open communication

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Questions are swirling around the Lee County School Board and its leadership. This comes after discontent between board members and questions about the future of the superintendent.

The board held a workshop at the School District of Lee County in Fort Myers Thursday to allow for open communication between the board and Superintendent Greg Adkins.

Three of the seven board members are newly added, so they are still getting acclimated.

But, the controversy stems from an email Board Member Cathleen Morgan sent out, where she said Adkins has lost the confidence of the majority of the board, and their group is fracturing. Morgan feels there are those who are trying to get Adkins fired.

However, members took issue to those claims and aired frustrations at the workshop.

“My decision is made on what you say, you say, you say or he says or anyone says,” Board Member Gwynetta Gittens said. “Then, I’ll make a decision. It’s very disheartening to assume. I haven’t made up my mind on any issue whatsoever.”

Also in Morgan’s email, she said Adkins would resign and not work with a divided board. Adkins did not provided an answer when WINK News asked him about his thoughts from Morgan’s claims in her email regarding his position toward the board.

A majority of the school board told WINK News they don’t want to fire Adkins, but they did want to use the workshop to get on the same page with him.

Adkins agreed.

“I think it was something that had to be done,” Adkins said. “I think the dialogue was open and honest. I think good meeting.”

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