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FT. LAUDERDALE (CBS4) – Six men and women vying to be Broward County’s next Superintendent of Schools will go before the School Board on Monday to make their case.

The six semi-finalists were selected from a pool of 47 applicants by an independent search firm hired by the School Board.

The School Board opted not to interview a seventh candidate, Dr. Art Johnson who is Superintendent of Palm Beach County Schools, because he reportedly had communications problems, according to Broward School Board member Robin Bartleman.

The six candidates who will under go formal interviews on Monday are:

  • Dr. Bryan Bowles, Superintendent, Davis School District, Farmington, Utah
  • Dr. Debra Brathwaite, Deputy Superintendent, Richland County School District, Columbia, South Carolina
  • Dr. James Browder, former Superintendent, Lee County Public Schools, Fort Myers
  • Robert Runcie, Chief of Staff, Chicago Public Schools, Chicago, Illinois
  • Thomas G. Seigel, Superintendent, Bethel School District, Spanaway, Washington
  • Dr. Bernard Taylor, Jr., Superintendent, Grand Rapids Public Schools, Grand Rapids, Michigan

At the conclusion of the interviews, the School Board will select the finalists who will be interviewed at the Special School Board meeting on September 14.

The School Board is expected to select a new Superintendent of Schools on September 14.

Broward County Public Schools is the nation’s sixth largest public school system and the largest fully accredited district with over 234,000 students in 231 schools and education centers and 76 charter schools.


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