DeSantis suspends 4 Broward school board members after Parkland report

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“It is my duty to remove people from office if there is clear evidence of incompetence, dereliction of duty, misdemeanor or misdemeanor,” DeSantis said in a statement. “This action is in the best interest of the residents and students of Broward County and all Florida residents.”

The Parkland Grand Jury, in a 2021 report released last week, said five board members — Patricia Good, Donna Korn, Ann Murray, Laurie Rich Levinson and Rosalind Osgood — along with the district’s top leadership “should go.” after examining their performance on a massive school bonding program aimed at strengthening safety in school and other areas. At the behest of DeSantis, the grand jury was called to investigate school safety in Florida after a lone gunman shot 34 people in 2018, killing 17 at Stoneman Douglas.

The Broward bond project, which was approved by voters about four years before the Parkland shooting, was set to be completed at $987 million by the end of 2021, but is now estimated to be completed by 2025 at nearly $1.5 billion. according to the grand jury, who questioned whether the district would meet that deadline. The grand jury claimed that the board members did not hold the school officials accountable and were charged with “cheating, misdemeanor, misconduct, dereliction of duty and incompetence”.

“We applaud the governor’s action to support Florida’s 20 . to followe Statewide grand jury and remove members of the Broward School Board – citing their gross negligence, misdemeanor, misdemeanor and incompetence caused the mishandling of many of the aspects of the tragic date that took the lives of so many at Marjory Stoneman Douglas,” Stand said with Parkland president Tony Montalto in a statement.

Of the four incumbent school board members examined in the report, Levinson and Murray’s terms will expire in November without seeking re-election.

Korn is seeking a new term and is now in a run for the seat; Good’s term expires in 2024.

Osgood, meanwhile, is a state senator and “therefore not subject to the governor’s executive suspension powers,” according to the DeSantis administration.

To replace the board members, DeSantis named Torey Alston, Manual “Nandy” A. Serrano, Ryan Reiter and Kevin Tynan. It is unclear which appointment corresponds to each individual term of office.

Alston previously served as chief of staff for the Florida Department of Transportation under the DeSantis administration. And DeSantis previously appointed him to the Broward County Commission.

Serrano serves on the board of directors of the Florida Sports Foundation and CEO and founder of Clubhouse Private Wealth, a financial advisory firm.

Reiter is a US Marine Corps veteran and director of government relations for Kaufman Lynn Construction in Delray Beach.

Tynan, a lawyer for Richardson and Tynan, previously served on the Broward County School Board.

The Valley Voice
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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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