Broward School Board to vote next week on whether to fire Runcie

The Broward County School Board is scheduled to vote next week on whether to fire embattled Superintendent Robert Runcie.

The newest board member, Lori Alhadeff, has placed on the agenda for the March 5 meeting a request to terminate Runcie’s contract.

Alhadeff, whose daughter Alyssa was killed during the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High on Feb. 14, 2018, cited Runcie’s “many failures of leadership,” including his handling of the tragedy, as well as the slow progress on the $800 million bond passed by voters in 2014.

“It is of urgency to have a leader to expedite safety to the entire district and to improve a failing bond program,” Alhadeff told the South Florida Sun Sentinel. “The urgency to do this now is because the district is spiraling out of control.”

Runcie could not be immediately reached for comment Tuesday evening.

It’s unlikely there are the needed votes to fire Runcie. Five of nine board members — Ann Murray, Laurie Rich Levinson, Patti Good, Rosalind Osgood and Donna Korn — have voiced support for Runcie in recent weeks.

“As board members, we need to be accountable to the public. I am bringing it forward regardless if I have five votes or not,” Alhadeff said.

Still, it’s likely to prompt an uncomfortable discussion and could force two board members — Chairwoman Heather Brinkworth and Robin Bartleman — to take a public stance on Runcie’s future.

stravis@sun-sentinel.com, 561-243-6637 or Twitter @smtravis.