FORT LAUDERDALE – The chairman of the state’s Florida Board of Training has advised that Broward faculties Superintendent Dr. Vickie Cartwright needs to be fired for points outlined in a grand jury report, which led to the suspension of 4 faculty board members, and for her protection of masks mandates.
In a convention name on Thursday, schooling board chair Tom Grady requested whether or not Cartwright needs to be fired. The remark got here after a dialogue by the board about how Cartwright defied a COVID masks order that Gov. Ron DeSantis issued final yr which known as for folks to resolve the problem of masks utilization and never faculty districts.
“I am questioning, notably in Broward since Superintendent Cartwright has been earlier than this board earlier than in reference to an order to point out trigger, why the board shouldn’t take additional motion in mild of her determination to ignore guidelines that the board issued and disrespect Florida legislation,” stated Grady.
On the time, Florida was reporting roughly 20,000 COVID circumstances per day.
Broward and 7 different faculty districts, together with Miami-Dade, defied the governor’s masks mandate for college kids.
Grady additionally referred to a letter by schooling division member Tim Hay which advised that issues recognized within the grand jury report associated to highschool security and a billion greenback security and renovation bond program could also be ongoing.
Cartwright wasn’t a part of the district when the report was accomplished in April 2021. It wasn’t launched till August 19, 2022.
Final Tuesday, Cartwright up to date the varsity board on actions that had been taken to deal with the problems addressed within the grand jury report, particularly associated to highschool security.
In response to his feedback, the Broward faculty district issued an announcement that stated partly:
“In response to an announcement made by the Chair of the State Board of Training earlier this morning (Thursday, September 15, 2022), Superintendent Cartwright has and can proceed to observe all legal guidelines. College boards undertake insurance policies that govern faculty districts primarily based on legal guidelines and different components; superintendents are required to implement the insurance policies.
Upon being employed as Superintendent of Broward County Public Faculties, Dr. Vickie L. Cartwright was required to implement the face protecting coverage that was established by the Broward County College Board. Earlier than the legislation (HB 1B) was signed into legislation, the College Board and the District had already made face coverings elective. The College Board and the District adopted the legislation.
Since arriving on the District in August 2021, virtually 5 months after the Grand Jury concluded, Superintendent Cartwright’s precedence has been centered on offering secure studying environments for our college students and employees. With that goal in thoughts, she has made vital enhancements within the organizational construction of the District, security and safety, and the administration of the SMART Bond program over the previous yr and continues to implement further enhancements.”
The district stated will proceed cooperating with Division of Training to make sure the protection of Broward’s public faculties.