The School Board of Broward County, Florida, provided a resounding vote of confidence on March 5 by voting to retain Robert W. Runcie as Superintendent of Broward County Public Schools. It was clear from the 6 – 3 vote that the School Board wants Superintendent Runcie to continue to lead the nation’s sixth largest school district, with more than 271,000 students in 234 schools.
The past year has been challenging for the Broward County community, as it works to heal from the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14, 2018, where 14 students and three school employees lost their lives. Seventeen more were injured and thousands are still suffering from the trauma.
“I want to thank the School Board for its support. My focus has been and remains on working every day to make our schools safer for our students, faculty and staff,” said Superintendent Runcie. “Now, it is time to come together as a community to ensure all of our schools across the District are safe and secure. Safety in all of our schools will always be our number one priority. At the same time, we must continue to fulfill our core mission of providing a quality education, in safe environments, to prepare our students to succeed in tomorrow’s world.”
Superintendent Runcie joined Broward County Public Schools in 2011. During the past eight years he has been credited with improving academic performance, improving college and career readiness, increasing the use of technology, maximizing operational efficiencies, and growing the nation’s largest debate program. In 2016, Superintendent Runcie was selected Florida Superintendent of the Year.