FT. LAUDERDALE – (CBSMiami.com) – A furor over the Broward School District’s hiring of former Broward elections supervisor Miriam Oliphant at the top of the teacher pay scale, despite the fact she has spent most of her career outside of a classroom, is now under review by Broward school officials.

Oliphant, who was removed from her elections post by Governor Jeb Bush after allegations of mismanagement, was hired January 31st as a high school guidance counselor at a $75 thousand annual salary, despite the fact she has little teaching experience, and most of her connection with the school system was as a former school board member.

The South Florida Sun Sentinel reports the district investigation focuses on Oliphant’s resume, specifically a claim that she served as a guidance counselor from 2007 to 2010. The investigation will be done by the district’s HR department.

The report said records show Oliphant worked a single day in 2007, as a substitute teacher. Records show she did work from 2008 to 2009 as a counselor, but was removed from that job when her temporary teaching certificate expired and she failed to pass the test needed for a permanent certificate.

She worked again as a substitute in 2010, and was hired for the guidance position at
Dave Thomas Center in Coconut Creek after passing the test for a permanent certificate last July.

Oliphant was one of 56 people who applied for the post. When hired, she was given the top salary authorized for the position, a move school officials said was justified because of the 23 years of experience. However, little of that experience was as a teacher, ruffling the feathers of critics who questioned the decision, and some teachers with more experience who were not considered for the position.

Comments (5)
  1. joe smith says:

    What a joke,she belongs in jail for her performance as supervisor of elections.Broward county has to be the most corupt county in Fl.

  2. delvin says:

    this is plum crazy! to let someone just come in like that and get a high paying teachers salary. after all the hoopla going on about the teachers merit pay. hmmmm………………..go figure!

  3. MiamiMex says:

    Maybe she did someone a ” favor “

  4. Qi1776 says:

    OF COURSE !

    Politics as usual …
    The School District really needs more money ? SURE

    Maybe you “EDUCATORS” can hire ousted Mayor ALVEREZ I sure you can come up with a $250,000 compensation package for him …

    AS YOU ALWAYS SAY … “IT”S FOR THE CHILDREN”

    PASS !

  5. sickntired says:

    Let’s remember, the teachers have NOTHING to do with this decision. It was all about M.O’s “connections.” Teachers are pissed!!! So many have not been able to reach the top due to freezes in our contract, but as we are learning, it is not about who you are, its about who you know. Shame on Notter and Willie Dudley. That is where fingers should be pointing!