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Of 13 who qualified, 8 recommended for Broward schools superintendent

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Thirty-six people have applied to become Broward’s schools superintendent, including its interim superintendent and two Palm Beach County school administrators.

A search firm has determined that 13 of those meet the minimum qualifications and recommended the School Board consider eight.

The new superintendent will permanently replace Robert Runcie, who stepped down in August following his indictment on perjury charges, as the leader of the nation’s sixth-largest school district.

The School Board plans to review the list, compiled by search firm Ray & Associates, on Jan. 24 and possibly hire a new superintendent in February.

The eight recommended candidates include three South Florida candidates. Vickie Cartwright, who has served as interim superintendent for Broward schools since August, was originally not allowed to apply, but the School Board changed her contract in October to remove that restriction.

The other two are Palm Beach County school district administrators: Peter Licata who is a regional superintendent, and Keith Oswald, chief of equity and wellness.

Two recommended candidates are also among the applicants for the vacant Miami-Dade superintendent job: Michael Cohen, a superintendent with the York Regional District School Board in Canada, and Rafaela Espinal, an assistant superintendent with New York Public Schools.

The other three recommended candidates are Michael Good, an associate superintendent in central Ohio; Michael Gaal, former deputy chancellor for Washington, D.C., Public Schools; and Quintin Shepherd, superintendent for the Victoria Independent School District in Texas.

Ray & Associates determined that five other candidates qualified, but the firm is not recommending them. Materials posted online do not state a reason.

Those candidates are: Dion Betts, superintendent of the school district in Chambersburg, Pa.; Jackielyn Manning Campbell, associate superintendent of the Mount Vernon City School District in New York; Scott Martzloff, former superintendent of Williamsville Schools in New York; Matthew McDonald, former superintendent of Baldwinsville School District in New York; and Carlos Perez, chief human resources officer in Martin County.

The two Palm Beach County candidates, Oswald and Licata, have applied in the past to lead their own district, as well as Sarasota County. Licata was a finalist for superintendent in Hillsborough County.

“As someone who was born and raised in Broward County, I would be honored to be considered for the title of superintendent,” Licata, who grew up in Pompano Beach, told the South Florida Sun Sentinel on Friday evening. “Not for the position, but for the responsibility, of ensuring all children have the opportunities I had growing up here.”

Cartwright, who formerly served as a superintendent in Wisconsin and an associate superintendent in Orange County, is the candidate backed by the Broward Teachers Union. President Anna Fusco said she’s been accessible and has gotten along well with different constituencies during her time in the district.

“Dr. Cartwright is the leader we need to move our school district forward during these perilous and uncertain times,” Fusco wrote in a recommendation letter included in Cartwright’s packet.

She said Cartwright has a “proven capability to quickly become part of the Broward County Public Schools culture and ethos.”

The winning candidate will lead a school district that has been marred by declining enrollment and student achievement, growing concerns over school safety, a botched school construction program, feuds with the state government and multiple criminal investigations. A yet-to-be-released grand jury report is expected to paint an unflattering picture of the district.

Ray & Associates had the applications since Jan. 3 but had not planned to turn them over to the School Board until Tuesday. However, the applications were still public under Florida law. The school district finally posted the list Friday evening following repeated public records requests from the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

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Miami-Dade School Board Narrows Down Search For New Superintendent

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) — The Miami-Dade School Board met Tuesday for hours to discuss efforts to replace outgoing superintendent Alberto Carvalho.

The list of candidates is down to three ahead of a future meeting that will involve public input.

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“We have identified 3 individuals by names,” said Lubby Navarro, District 7 School Board member.

The board’s vice-chair Dr. Steve Gallon made his recommendation for the next leader.

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“I would like to make a motion to make Dr. Jose Dotres as the new superintendent of schools,” says Dr. Gallon. “I stand in my charge; I am prepared with the three to have a conversation of who checks off all the boxes.”

The other two individuals include Jacob Oliva and Dr. Rafaela Espinal.

Some board members expressed interest in wanting a process where candidates would attend a public meeting soon.

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“The majority wants a public process and I want a public meeting so my community can hear,” said Navarro.

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Grammy Awards Rescheduled For April 3 in Las Vegas On CBS

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MIAMI (CBSLA)The 64th annual Grammy Awards will now be held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on April 3, the Recording Academy has announced.

The ceremony was originally scheduled for Jan. 31 at Crypto.com Arena in downtown Los Angeles but was postponed due to growing concerns surrounding the Omicron variant.

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Trevor Noah will return as master of ceremonies.

With the Grammy ceremony shifting airdates, the CMT Music Awards will move from its originally scheduled date of Sunday, April 3 to a later date in April.

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Information about the date and location of the awards show will be announced in the coming weeks.

“Once we realized the need to move the GRAMMY Awards to a later date due to current health concerns, we came together quickly with our partners at the Recording Academy and CMT, to strategically reschedule these two incredible music events and utilize the full power of the ViacomCBS ecosystem to promote them,” said Jack Sussman, Executive Vice President, Specials, Music, Live Events & Alternative Programming, CBS. “Coming out of an exciting month of college basketball on CBS, we’re thrilled to continue our programming momentum with these two big live events for television in the spring.”

“We are excited to take the GRAMMYs to Las Vegas for the very first time, and to put on a world-class show,” said Harvey Mason Jr., CEO of the Recording Academy. “From the moment we announced the postponement of the original show date, we have been inundated with heartfelt messages of support and solidarity from the artist community. We are humbled by their generosity and grateful for their unwavering commitment to the GRAMMY Awards and the Academy’s mission. We appreciate the leadership CBS has shown during these challenging weeks and the flexibility of the CMTs and others who worked toward this solution.”

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The 2022 Grammy Awards will now broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena from 8:00-11:30 p.m. on CBS Television Network and available live and on demand on Paramount+.

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Broward County State Attorney’s Office To Investigate Alleged Corruption By Miami Officials

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle has recused herself and her office in the ongoing investigation into corruption claims made by former Mami Police Chief Art Acevedo.

The Broward County State Attorney’s Office will take over over the investigation after Governor Ron DeSantis ordered Broward State Attorney Harold Pryor to take it over.

According to a letter sent to the governor, Fernandez Rundle discovered a conflict of interest, saying that, “a substantial witness to potential wrongdoing is the brother of a senior attorney” in her office.

The investigation was opened when weeks before being fired, Acevedo wrote a memo accusing City of Miami commissioners Joe Carollo, Alex de la Portilla and Manolo Reyes of corruption.

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