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Urban League President T. Willard Fair Urges More Time To Find Miami-Dade Public Schools Superintendent

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The longtime President and CEO of the Urban League of Greater Miami is urging Miami-Dade School Board members to take more time in finding a successor for Miami-Dade Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho.

“What’s the rush,” said the Urban League’s T. Willard Fair. He told CBS4’s Peter D’Oench “Don’t we owe it to the future of this community to find the best possible person in the world.”

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Fair said there should be a nationwide search for Carvalho’s successor.

The Miami-Dade School Board voted last Wednesday to advertise and give candidates until 5 p.m. Wednesday to apply. The Board could give candidates more time to apply if they fail to agree on a successor. Carvalho has said he plans to leave on February 3rd but could stay a little longer if necessary.

The 57-year-old Carvalho plans to take over as Superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District on March 1st. He was the second longest-serving superintendent. He took over in 2008 after starting his career as a math and physics teacher at Miami Jackson Senior High School.

Fair said of the 9 School Board members, “They are moving too quickly. It is a done deal. A decision of this magnitude should not be done in this fashion. It is a miscarriage of justice. It is obvious they have decided what must be done. They are selfish. It makes no sense to me. And you say 7 days. You are going to find somebody for the 4th largest school district in the world in 7 days.”

Fair said, “This is unfair. They are there to make a decision for the children. The children do not belong to them. They belong to the adults so it seems we must exhaust all possibilities.”

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School Board Vice Chairman Steve Gallon took issues with Fair’s comments.

He said, “I am not clear on Mr. Fair’s role on going through the search process having been part of the search in the past myself for Superintendent. I have been part of the process on both sides so I don’t want to dignify the aspersions that have no merit and no foundation and are purely based on speculation.”

He said the School Board wants the next Superintendent “to first be an educator and to have school side experience as a building administrator and have experience at the district level and have a master’s degree and preferably a doctoral degree and even more importantly understand the nuances and the dynamics and the challenges of Miami-Dade County.”

D’Oench asked him, “Have you put your name in the ring? Are you a candidate for Superintendent?”

Gallon responded, “I am immensely qualified to be Superintendent but as I made t very clear last week, at this time I will honor my commitment to the voters of District 1 and I will not be elected to Superintendent at this time.”

Carvalho was present at the School Board meeting on Wednesday.

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Officials said the public would be allowed to comment at 6:30 p.m.

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Florida police officer injured in crash

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A Florida police officer was hospitalized Monday evening after a crash with two other vehicles, according to authorities.

At around 5:15 p.m., a crash involving an Ocala officer was reported outside of a residential area at the intersection of West Silver Springs Boulevard and Southwest 23rd Avenue, Ocala Police Department said.

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The officer was listed as a “trauma alert” but is expected to be okay, OPD said.

No other serious injuries were reported.

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Ocala police are investigating the crash.

Jpedersen@orlandosentinel.com

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Brr! Orlando wakes up to coldest temperatures of the year

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Orlando residents woke up to a chilly start Tuesday morning, with temperatures projected to stay cold today.

Temperatures before sunrise were 42 degrees in the City Beautiful, which should later see temperature highs increase to 64 as skies are forecast to remain sunny, according to Maureen McCann From Spectrum of the News 13 weather team.

Tuesday’s low will fall back down to 45 in the evening.

“Future cast has us with sunshine for our Tuesday and clear skies tonight, but tomorrow a southeasterly wind will start to develop during the afternoon, and that is going to promote some warmer temperatures,” McCann said.

Sunshine is forecast for the rest of the week, with chances of showers re-emerging into skies by Friday with a 30% chance of rain.

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1 dead, 4 injured after man opens fire outside Chicagoan Bar in NW Miami-Dade

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NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – One person has died and four others were injured following a shooting outside a bar in Northwest Miami-Dade.

The shooting happened at the Chicagoan Bar, located at 10702 NW 7th Ave, at around midnight on Tuesday.

The deceased individual was reportedly drinking at the bar and refused to pay his bill.

Security eventually removed him from the bar.

He then drove away, returned to the bar, stopped in the middle of the street then began firing several rounds at the bar’s security, according to police.

Another security guard came from inside the bar and returned fire, killing the patron.

One of the security guards was shot and taken to a local hospital.

Three women were also caught in the crossfire — two of them were transported to the hospital while the third was treated on the scene after being grazed.

All victims taken to the hospital are in stable condition.

Several homicide detectives continue to investigate.

Those who frequent the area are advised to seek alternative routes until the scene has cleared.

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