The School District of Palm Beach County, Florida

Mike Burke
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Student Enrollment: 185,704 (71% students of color, 65% economically disadvantaged, 15% Limited English Proficient)

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Superintendent Bio

As the Superintendent of the A-rated School District of Palm Beach County, Mike Burke is passionate about ensuring academic excellence and paving the way to post-graduate success for the District’s more than 170,000 students who attend nearly 180 schools. He is deeply committed to the School Board’s mission to educate, affirm, and inspire each student in an equity-embedded school system.

As Superintendent of the 10th largest district in the nation, Mr. Burke also oversees Palm Beach County’s largest workforce. The District employs more than 23,000 people.

Mr. Burke’s tenure as Superintendent began in July 2021. He was unanimously elected by the School Board because of his extensive experience with all aspects of District operations and administration spanning more than 24 years. For most of his career, Mr. Burke served as the District’s Chief Financial Officer and was responsible for both Financial Management and Information Technology.

Mr. Burke has also overseen District Operations, Legislative Affairs, and Labor Relations, and has led several successful referendums to improve funding for public education in Palm Beach County.

Prior to his time in Palm Beach, Mr. Burke served as a budget analyst for Broward County Public Schools for eight years. He earned a bachelor of science in Finance from Florida State University and he holds a master's degree in Public Administration from Florida Atlantic University.

Mr. Burke grew up in South Florida and enjoys working and living in the community with his wife and three grown children.