Lee County schools interim superintendent ready for challenging school year

Reporter: Sydney Persing
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Ken Savage is the interim superintendent a the School District of Lee County. (CREDIT: WINK News)

Protecting children from a spreading virus and understanding parents’ concerns about who is using which bathroom. It’s not just reading, writing and arithmetic that a school superintendent has to consider.

Ken Savage, interim superintendent at the Lee County school district, has been on the job for a short time but he has a lot to do with the school bell set to ring in five days.

“I don’t get as much sleep as I used to,” Savage said. “That’s for sure.”

What keeps him up at night is how to keep students, teachers and staff safe from COVID-19 after Gov. Ron DeSantis signed an executive order saying public schools cannot mandate masks.

Some school districts plan to defy the order.

“I think all options are always in consideration,” Savage said.

Masks are not the only political issue on his desk. He also has to handle the controversy over an LGBTQ poster that was removed from the Student Code of Conduct.

Savage said he would defer to the policy if a transgender student wanted to use a bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity.

Each situation is evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

“I’m not here to change your beliefs,” Savage said. “I’m not here to tell you, you have the wrong ideology. I value it, I value that difference. But I would encourage everyone to be as disciplined as we can to really pursue truth and facts.”

Truth and facts are what Savage said he will turn to guide his decision-making every day as COVID-19 cases continue to rise.

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