BY EMILY MORENO & PEYTON FOX
The School Board of Broward County (SBBC)’s 8-1 vote on Wednesday, February 9, selected Dr. Vickie Cartwright as the new Superintendent for Broward County Public Schools (BCPS). After almost a year since previous superintendent Robert Runcie resigned, the superintendent search is over.
Cartwright, who served as interim superintendent since Runcie’s resignation, and retired Air Force Colonel Micheal Gaal advanced as finalists after the February 2 SBBC meeting. Cartwright moved forward with support from all nine board members and Gall advanced with seven board members’ votes.
“Every decision should be made with a ‘Student First’ approach, where every child can reach their highest potential and graduate being college, career and life ready.” Cartwright said in her letter of interest.
Cartwright has a long history in education with 26 years of educational experience including 17 years working at Orange County Public Schools, Superintendent at the Oshkosh Area School District and Interim Superintendent for BCPS. Despite her original contract prohibiting the run for a superintendent position, support from the SBBC and Broward Teachers Union (BTU) resulted in her pursuing the position.
“In the six months that she has served as interim superintendent, [Cartwright] has proven to be an intelligent and excellent leader with an ability to listen to and work with all constituents,” Broward Teachers Union President Anna Fusco said in an emailed statement to district educators.
Fusco added that Cartwright has a hold on the district’s “challenges and opportunities” and has eyes on the future collaboration with the new superintendent.
“We hope the education of Broward is more positive and the voice of the teachers are heard,” CCHS’ ESE Support Facilitator Dr. Claudia Jones said.
Cartwright placed a large emphasis on mental health resources for staff, speaking with students and encouraging diversity during the question portion of today’s meeting. With Cartwright now holding the position of superintendent, BCPS can look forward to a familiar face leading the coming years.
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