Michael J. Burke Sworn in as District's 27th Superintendent

Michael J. Burke Sworn in as District's 27th Superintendent
Posted on 10/20/2021
Mike Burke sworn in

During the October 20, 2021 school board meeting, the School Board unanimously approved Michael J. Burke as Superintendent of the Palm Beach County School District.

The vote follows a Board decision in which members agreed unanimously to forgo previous plans for a nationwide superintendent search, and instead, offer the position to Mr. Burke who had been serving in an interim capacity since July.

Board Chair Frank Barbieri, Jr., Esq. delivered the oath of office to Mr. Burke, making him the 27th Superintendent of the School District of Palm Beach County.

“I am honored that the School Board has entrusted me to lead our school district. Our talented principals, teachers, and support employees, along with a supportive community and business partners, make Palm Beach County a special place,” Mr. Burke said. “I will work hard, along with the whole team, to educate, affirm, and inspire our students.”

Mr. Burke first joined the School District in 1998. During his long tenure with the District, he has served as Budget Director, Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Financial Officer, making him the longest-serving administrator on the District’s Executive Cabinet. He has also served as the District’s chief negotiator during his tenure.

Read Mr. Burke’s full biography.

As the CFO, Mr. Burke helped the School District navigate the Great Recession and other budgetary challenges, as well as overseeing the recent Federal ESSER funds distributed to the District. He also led the District’s financial team in obtaining clean financial audits and excellent credit ratings. Additionally, he has been instrumental in gaining support for the approval of multiple referendums passed by Palm Beach County voters.

“I previously said that there is no one more qualified in this building to serve as this District’s Superintendent,” Chairman Barbieri said. “I can also confidently say there is no one more qualified in the country to run this $4 billion enterprise.”

In addition to Mr. Burke’s approval as Superintendent, the Board also voted 7-0 to approve his employment contract through June 30, 2025.

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