Broward School Board considers new Runcie performance review

Superintendent Robert Runcie survived an attempt to fire him, but the Broward School Board still may decide to review his performance more often.

The School Board plans to hold a workshop Tuesday to discuss giving Runcie an interim, or mid-year, evaluation in addition to the annual one he receives every fall.

The proposal came during a March 5 vote on whether to fire Runcie. School Board member Lori Alhadeff wanted to terminate Runcie’s contract for “willful neglect,” citing failures in areas such as school safety, execution of the $800 million bond-funded renovation program and services to special needs students.

The vote failed 6 to 3, with Board members Nora Rupert and Robin Bartleman siding with Alhadeff.

Although Board chairwoman Heather Brinkworth voted no, she said at the meeting there were many concerns she felt needed to be addressed and asked for a mid-year review.

“I don’t see willful neglect. I do see issues and things that need to be addressed,” Brinkworth said.

She said too much of the discussion on Runcie has been focused on issues related to the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland which left 17 people dead.

“I am looking forward to a conversation that does not focus on a single incident,” she said.

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