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Runcie out, interim Broward School Superintendent set to start next week

Robert Runcie
FILE- In this Nov. 15, 2018, file photo, Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie speaks before the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission in Sunrise, Fla. Runcie remains in office over the objection of the victims’ families, as he has the backing of a majority of the nine-member school board. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)

Former Oshkosh school superintendent, Vickie Cartwright, is set to start as Broward County Public Schools’ interim superintendent August 2nd with a base salary of $275,000, as long as the school board approves her contract at a special meeting tomorrow. She replaces outgoing superintendent Robert Runcie who is facing felony perjury charges.

Cartwright comes to Broward from Oshkosh, Wisconsin where she was superintendent of schools. Plus she also worked as an administrator in the Orlando area. She was chosen as the interim superintendent in a 5-4 vote by the school board Thursday. She will not be eligible for the permanent position.

Cartwright earned $200,758 in Oshkosh in 2019-20, according to USA Today.

Outgoing Superintendent Robert Runcie’s official last day on the job is Aug. 10 after he made a $754,900 mutual separation agreement with the school board in May following perjury charges. Runcie’s salary was over $350,000.

After the negotiation meeting, Cartwright said in an interview that she has taken note of the challenges she’ll face coming into this role.
“My primary role is to prepare the district for the next superintendent coming in,” she said.

“All the activity that has been occurring in Broward County, I’ve had the opportunity to pay close attention to. I’m fully aware of many of the challenges that are coming forward to us. However, [I’m] also looking towards how do we take advantage of making sure that we go in a positive direction going forward?”

“We’re the sixth largest school district. Her district is in the bottom half performance of her small state — in the bottom half. We’re the sixth largest school district, looking to be at the top of our state,” Broward School Board Member Donna P. Korn said.

Meanwhile in Palm Beach County, the school board voted unanimously to appoint Chief Financial Officer Michael Burke as the interim superintendent.

Dr. Donald Fennoy announced he’s resigning effective Oct. 11 after three years on the job. Fennoy said he’s leaving to spend more time with his family.