The safety/security of students and staff has been the top priority for the School District of Lee County and the Lee County Sheriff’s Office. To that end, effective January 15, 2013, Sheriff Mike Scott and Superintendent Dr. Joseph Burke committed to increase security through the provision of ten dedicated deputies to be placed in rotation at District elementary schools.
Both Sheriff Scott and Dr. Burke agree that an increase in security at the elementary level is of paramount importance. The ten deputies that will assume these roles are highly trained and seasoned law enforcement officers. Each deputy has considerable experience in dealing with school-based procedures and staff, as well as the effective management of all types of emergency and crisis situations.
The increase in security will not affect the budget of either organization for this fiscal year. The dedicated partnership between the District and the Lee County Sheriff’s Office continues to ensure that our schools remain safe and secure learning environments for students and staff. Sheriff Scott and his staff have made a clear and compelling commitment to the safety of students in Lee County.
Media inquiries are directed to Lieutenant Larry King, Public Information Officer with the Sheriff's Office at (239) 477-1340, Patrick Hayhurst, Lee County School District Director of Security, (239)337-8598 or Dr. Alberto Rodriguez, Lee County School District Chief Administrative Officer, (239) 461-8487.