Broward School Board deciding Robert Runcie’s fate | Watch Live

Robert Runcie, the embattled superintendent who’s faced increasing criticism since the Parkland shooting, could be fired today if at least five of his nine School Board bosses give the word.

Both supporters and foes packed the meeting at district headquarters in downtown Fort Lauderdale, with TV news crews and photographers lined up along the back wall. Outside, dozens of Runcie allies filled the hallway.

“I don’t think he should be fired,” said Norman Freeman, pastor of the Greater Antioch Missionary Baptist church in Pompano Beach. “I don’t see where there is any grievous negligence on his part.”

Before the discussion started, the noise in the hallway was deafening. As the debate was announced a hush came over the crowd in the hall filled with mostly black supporters.

Runcie has been running the nation’s sixth-largest school district since 2011.

The vote to terminate Runcie came at the request of Lori Alhadeff, the newest board member. She ran for the seat after her daughter Alyssa was killed in last year’s massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High. The Valentine’s Day shooting killed 17 students and staff and injured another 17.