February 2022 - Cathleen O'Daniel Morgan

February 2022 - Cathleen O'Daniel Morgan
Posted on 02/07/2022
February 2022 - Cathleen O'Daniel Morgan

It’s official! On Tuesday, February 1, 2022, the School District of Lee County (SDLC) Board selected Dr. Christopher Bernier to be the District’s next Superintendent. He will succeed Dr. Ken Savage, who has served as our Interim Superintendent since June of 2021.

The Board will negotiate a contract with Dr. Bernier during the next several weeks. We hope to have him officially take on this new role soon after.

Dr. Bernier is currently the Chief of Staff for the Clark County School District in Las Vegas, Nevada. Clark County is the nation’s 5th largest school district with 310,000 students and an annual budget of $5.3 billion. Dr. Bernier previously spent 24 years with the Orange County Public Schools in Orlando working his way up from teacher, to principal to eventually Associate Superintendent.

We are pleased and excited to welcome a district leader who exhibits all the attributes we sought—

  • The leadership skills, knowledge and sensitivity to respond to the challenges and opportunities presented by a diverse student body and population;
  • The ability to recruit and support exceptional staff and leaders committed to enhancing student performance and narrowing student achievement gaps in student achievement;
  • Management, administrative, and planning experience with practices that will benefit the long-term financial health of the district, and finally
  • Strong speaking, listening, and writing skills; someone committed to seeking input, then listening and acting in the best interests of students and the community.

As we transition, the District continues to benefit from the leadership of Dr. Savage during what has been another year of challenges for staff, students, and families. Dr. Savage earned the respect of the SDLC community when making and communicating difficult decisions in response to these challenges. We are grateful for his management and guidance. He has been flexible, transparent, and a committed to uninterrupted work in pursuit of continuous academic improvement and high-quality teaching and learning environments for every member of the district community.

We look forward to welcoming Dr. Bernier as we finalize his contract and start date. We anticipate a variety of opportunities for members of the district and the public to meet with him and share their thoughts and concerns. We thank the community for actively engaging in this process and helping us to select the new leader of the School District of Lee County.