School Board Approves Rickards Middle School Building Replacement 

The School Board of Broward County approved plans to demolish and replace Building 1 at James S. Rickards Middle School in Oakland Park, which was damaged by a roof collapse to its media center. School Board members also approved funding for repairs and renovations of two existing buildings on the school’s campus.  

“As a School Board, we listened to families and the school community about how they wanted to move forward. We voted unanimously to create a portable campus while rebuilding the school,” said School Board Chair Dr. Rosalind Osgood. “We understand how difficult it has been for the Rickards Middle School community and we appreciate the support of parents and staff for ensuring continuity of students’ instruction.”  

While construction is expected to be a multi-year process, the School Board approved utilizing portables to accommodate the school’s needs while allowing continued use of the existing campus. This will include the addition of 30 portable classrooms, a media center portable, an administration portable, the cafeteria and restroom. Funding approved by the School Board for the Rickards Middle project, including the building replacement, renovations and portable campus, is approximately $79 million.  

“The School Board and District put students and families first as the plan was developed for Rickards Middle,” said Interim Superintendent Dr. Vickie L. Cartwright. “Understanding how important it is for students to be connected with their friends, the three years estimated for construction would seem like a lifetime to be apart from their peers. The creation of a portable campus allows students to be together and provides a plan for teachers, administrators and staff to continue to meet students’ needs.”  

The school’s approximately 950 students will attend neighboring schools to start the school year with plans for 7th and 8th grade students to return to the Rickards Middle campus once the portable campus is set up. 

Students will temporarily use neighboring schools. Details are bulleted below: 

  • 6th grade students will start the school year at William Dandy Middle School. Plans are for the students to return to the Rickards Middle campus in September 2021 when repairs and renovations for two existing buildings are expected to be ready for occupancy. (The two buildings were not impacted by the roof collapse.)  
  • 7th grade students will start the school year at Lauderdale Lakes Middle School. 
  • 8th  grade students will start their year at Northeast High School. 
  • Both 7th  and 8th grade students will return to the Rickards Middle campus once the portables have been installed, which is anticipated prior to January 2022. 
  • School start and end times for 6th  and 7th  grade students at William Dandy Middle and Lauderdale Lakes Middle will be 9:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.  
  • School start and end times for 8th grade students attending Northeast High will be 8:10 a.m. to 2:40 p.m. 

“The administration and staff of James S. Rickards Middle School are grateful to the School Board and District administration for ensuring new and renovated facilities are provided to our students and community,” said Rickards Middle Principal Dr. Washington Collado. “We have proven that we are resilient and our school spirit extends beyond our school campus.”  

The District will provide transportation for all students whose temporary school locations are beyond two miles from their homes. Students will be able to participate in the Food and Nutrition Services meal program, and existing athletics and extracurricular activities.  

 

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ABOUT BROWARD COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS  

“Committed to educating all students to reach their highest potential.”   

Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is the sixth largest school district in the nation and the second largest in the state of Florida. BCPS is Florida’s first fully accredited school system since 1962. BCPS has nearly 261,500 students and approximately 110,000 adult students in 241 schools, centers and technical colleges, and 93 charter schools. BCPS serves a diverse student population, with students representing 170 different countries and 147 different languages. To connect with BCPS, visit browardschools.com, follow us on Twitter @browardschools, on Facebook at facebook.com/browardschools.com and download the free BCPS mobile app. 

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School Board update regarding the wearing of masks for the 2021/22 school year.

Last week, the School Board of Broward County mandated the wearing of masks in our schools to protect our students, staff and community.

In light of the Governor’s Executive Order, the District is awaiting further guidance before rendering a decision on the mask mandate for the upcoming school year. At this time, the District’s face covering policy, which requires the use of masks in District schools and facilities, remains in place. The School Board will discuss next steps during a Special School Board Meeting on Tuesday, August 10, 

Safety remains our highest priority. The District will advocate for all eligible students and staff to receive vaccines and will also work to adhere to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines – including frequent cleaning and disinfecting of our schools, hand washing, and staying home when sick. The District is continuing to collaborate with our local health organizations to monitor trends in the spread of COVID-19 and variants.

See the following video statement from School Board Chair Dr. Rosalind Osgood and Interim Superintendent Dr. Vickie L. Cartwright regarding the District’s position:

https://www.eduvision.tv/l?eAeggAt.

School Board update regarding the wearing of masks for the 2021/22 school year.

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Northeast High School Celebrates Opening of New Weight Room

August 2, 2021

Northeast High School

Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Takes Place Tuesday, August 3, at 2 p.m.

WHO:       
School Board Members, Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) Interim Superintendent Vickie L. Cartwright, Former BCPS Superintendent Robert W. Runcie, School and District Leadership, Students, and Community Members                                                                        

WHAT:     
Students at Northeast High School are eager to try out the schools’ new world-class weight room, which will officially open at a grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting ceremony.

The new facility, which is part of the District’s SMART Bond program, is available to all the school’s students and athletes.         

WHEN:     
Tuesday, August 3, 2021
2 p.m.

WHERE:  
Northeast High School

700 N.E. 56th Street
Oakland Park, Florida 33334     

View Parking map.

MEDIA ARE INVITED TO COVER THIS EVENT

 

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ABOUT BROWARD COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS 

“Committed to educating all students to reach their highest potential.”  

Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is the sixth largest school district in the nation and the second largest in the state of Florida. BCPS is Florida’s first fully accredited school system since 1962. BCPS has nearly 261,500 students and approximately 175,000 adult students in 241 schools, centers and technical colleges, and 93 charter schools. BCPS serves a diverse student population, with students representing 170 different countries and 147 different languages. To connect with BCPS, visit browardschools.com, follow us on Twitter @browardschools, on Facebook at facebook.com/browardschools.com and download the free BCPS mobile app.  

 

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BCPS statement regarding the wearing of masks beginning the 2021/22 school year

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Broward County Public Schools intends to comply with the Governor’s latest Executive Order.

Last week, the School Board of Broward County mandated the wearing of masks in our schools to protect our students, staff and community.

Safety remains our highest priority. The District will advocate for all eligible students and staff to receive vaccines and strongly encourage masks to be worn by everyone in schools. The District will also work to adhere to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, including frequent cleaning and disinfecting of our schools, physical distancing, hand washing, and staying home when sick. The District is continuing to collaborate with our local health organizations to monitor trends in the spread of COVID-19 and variants.

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State Releases Results for 2021 Florida Standards Assessments and End of Course Exams

On Thursday, July 29, 2021, the Florida Department of Education released results for the Spring 2021 Florida Standards Assessments (FSA) for English Language Arts (ELA) (grades 4 –10), Mathematics (grades 3 – 8) and Science (grades 5 and 8). In addition, the state released results for End of Course (EOC) exams in Algebra I, Geometry, Biology, U.S. History and Civics.

The results show Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) performance significantly decreased overall as compared to 2018/19, the most recent results to make comparisons due to the cancellation of statewide testing in 2019/20. 

  • The most dramatic decreases were in mathematics. For grades 3 – 8, FSA Math and EOC Algebra I and Geometry decreased by 18 percentage points compared to 2018/19.
  • While overall ELA performance for grades 3 – 10 decreased by six percentage points compared to 2018/19, BCPS scores met or exceeded the statewide average in seven out of eight of these tested grade levels.

Given that many students were attending school remotely last school year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and some parents were reluctant to send their children in person to test, participation in the FSA and EOC were lower overall, with 88% of BCPS students being tested in 2020/21, compared to approximately 98% in 2018/19. Additionally, BCPS had significantly higher rates of students remain at home for instruction in comparison to other districts in Florida.   

“We’re concerned about the achievement results released today,” said BCPS Superintendent Robert W. Runcie. “The decrease in performance on the assessments correlates with the very low rate of return by students for in-school, face-to-face instruction last school year. The return of students for brick-and-mortar instruction this coming school year is imperative to ensure students can work with teachers and receive supplemental supports.”

These results provide a baseline for addressing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on student achievement. During the spring of 2021, in preparation for supporting students in the coming years, the District developed plans and identified instructional materials to provide extensive resources and interventions to students upon the start of the new school year on Wednesday, August 18. These initiatives will focus on reading development in the primary grades of K – 3, strengthening student writing skills and providing high-intensity tutoring. The District’s summer experience for all students in pre-K – 12 concluded on July 29. It provided academic support and enrichment to help students get back on track academically and get ready for the new school year.

Moving forward, District staff, principals and teachers will examine each student’s performance and prepare personalized support for his or her learning.  A School Board workshop is scheduled for August 24, 2021, to review the FSA and EOC results, the District’s analysis and any subsequent reports from the Florida Department of Education.

For more information on the 2020/21 FSA and EOC results, visit fldoe.org/accountability/assessments/k-12-student-assessment/results/2021.stml.

 

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ABOUT BROWARD COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS 

“Committed to educating all students to reach their highest potential.”  

Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is the sixth largest school district in the nation and the second largest in the state of Florida. BCPS is Florida’s first fully accredited school system since 1962. BCPS has nearly 261,500 students and approximately 110,000 adult students in 241 schools, centers and technical colleges, and 93 charter schools. BCPS serves a diverse student population, with students representing 170 different countries and 147 different languages. To connect with BCPS, visit browardschools.com, follow us on Twitter @browardschools, on Facebook at facebook.com/browardschools.com and download the free BCPS mobile app.

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Broward County School Board Approves Back to School Plans for the 2021/22 School Year

July 28, 2021 

During a Special School Board meeting on Wednesday, July 28, The School Board of Broward County, Florida discussed back to school plans and protocols for the upcoming 2021/22 school year. In light of the recent release of updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the School Board voted to continue its mandatory masks requirement to begin the school year.  

Below are highlights from the school reopening plan discussion: 

  • Face coverings will be mandatory for students, staff and visitors at all schools and District facilities. 
  • No masks will be required when outdoors.
     
  • Schools should maintain at least three feet of physical distancing between students within classrooms.
      
  • Standard seating capacity will resume on school buses.
     
  • School cafeterias will open for meal service through the traditional food service line.
     
  • All sports and athletic facilities are now open.  
  • Laptops will continue to be issued to students who need them. 
  • The District will continue to provide two nurses per school and offer voluntary COVID-19 tests at all schools.a
     
  • Cleaning and disinfection of schools and District facilities will be continued and everyone will be encouraged to do their part in preventing the spread of COVID-19 through frequent hand washing and staying home when sick.

The first day of school is Wednesday, August 18, with 100% face to face learning on all campuses. District staff remain in communication with health experts to ensure the safety of our students, staff and school communities.  

 

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ABOUT BROWARD COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS  

“Committed to educating all students to reach their highest potential.”   

Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is the sixth largest school district in the nation and the second largest in the state of Florida. BCPS is Florida’s first fully accredited school system since 1962. BCPS has nearly 261,500 students and approximately 110,000 adult students in 241 schools, centers and technical colleges, and 93 charter schools. BCPS serves a diverse student population, with students representing 170 different countries and 147 different languages. To connect with BCPS, visit browardschools.com, follow us on Twitter @browardschools, on Facebook at facebook.com/browardschools.com and download the free BCPS mobile app. 

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Broward County School Board Unanimously Approves Contract for Interim Superintendent Dr. Vickie L. Cartwright

July 28, 2021

Interim Superintendent Dr. Vickie L. CartwrightToday, Wednesday, July 28, the School Board of Broward County unanimously approved the contract for Dr. Vickie L. Cartwright to serve as Broward County Public Schools Interim Superintendent.

Dr. Cartwright has 26 years of experience in education, most recently serving as Superintendent for the Oshkosh Area School District in Wisconsin. She also has extensive experience in Florida through leadership roles for Orange County Public Schools in Orlando.

“The School Board looks forward to working with Dr. Cartwright as we focus on the success of our students and schools,” said Dr. Rosalind Osgood, School Board Chair (District 5). “We welcome Dr. Cartwright and look forward to her providing leadership and continuity for our District until a permanent Superintendent is selected.”

“I am thankful for the opportunity to serve Broward County Public Schools as its Interim Superintendent,” said Dr. Cartwright. “I’m excited about working side by side with District staff, teachers, students and School Board members on the District’s mission of educating today’s students for tomorrow’s world.”  

Per the approved contract, Dr. Cartwright’s first day will be Monday, August 2, 2021, at an annual salary of $275,000. 

Watch today’s School Board discussion and approval of Dr. Cartwright’s employment agreement.

 

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ABOUT BROWARD COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS 

“Committed to educating all students to reach their highest potential.”  

Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is the sixth largest school district in the nation and the second largest in the state of Florida. BCPS is Florida’s first fully accredited school system since 1962. BCPS has nearly 261,500 students and approximately 110,000 adult students in 241 schools, centers and technical colleges, and 93 charter schools. BCPS serves a diverse student population, with students representing 170 different countries and 147 different languages. To connect with BCPS, visit browardschools.com, follow us on Twitter @browardschools, on Facebook at facebook.com/browardschools.com and download the free BCPS mobile app.

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The Harlem Riot of 1943 begins

Simmering racial tensions and economic frustrations boil over in New York City on the night of August 1, 1943, culminating in what is now known as the Harlem Riot of 1943. During an altercation in the lobby of the Braddock Hotel, a white police officer shoots a Black soldier, Robert Bandy, triggering a massive uprising.

Overwhelmingly white before the Great Migration, Harlem was 89 percent Black by the time the United States entered World War II. Despite the cultural innovations that accompanied these changes, known as the Harlem Renaissance, the neighborhood’s businesses remained mostly white-owned, and landlords and business owners continued to discriminate against Black residents. World War II brought not only conscription but also a higher cost of living, putting even more strain on a Black community whose economy was still controlled almost entirely by whites.

On the evening of August 1, a Black woman named Marjorie Polite checked into the Braddock, a historic hotel that had fallen into disrepair. Unsatisfied with her room, she asked for a refund at the front desk. The ensuing altercation led a white policeman, James Collins, to arrest her for disorderly conduct, during which time Bandy, a military policeman based in New Jersey, arrived to meet his visiting mother for dinner. The New York Police Department’s official report recorded that Bandy attacked Collins, but Bandy and his mother claimed that they merely tried to stop him from pushing Polite and prevented him from hitting her with his nightstick. Collins shot Bandy, who was taken to a hospital and treated for superficial wounds.

As a rumor spread that Collins had killed Bandy, crowds assembled near the Braddock and soon began to riot. They turned their rage on local white-owned businesses, leading Black business owners to hurriedly post signs announcing that their stores were Black-owned. Six Black residents were killed and nearly 500 were injured as the NYPD and, at the behest of Mayor Fiorello La Guardia, the Army moved into the streets of Harlem. La Guardia did his best to downplay the riot, but the unrest did draw the attention of the federal Office of Price Administration and of La Guardia’s government, which pressured local landlords to comply with price restrictions and stop gouging residents. The riot also affected Harlem residents like James Baldwin, Malcolm X (then Malcolm Little) and the poet Langston Hughes, whose poem “Beaumont to Detroit: 1943” ends with a reference to the sad irony of African Americans fighting for a country that did not see them as equals: “I ask you this question/ Cause I want to know/ How long I got to fight/ BOTH HITLER–AND JIM CROW.”

READ MORE: How the Police Shooting of a Black Soldier Triggered the 1943 Harlem Riots

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School Board Approves Interim Superintendent

July 22, 2021

During a Special School Board Meeting on Thursday, July 22, the School Board of Broward County, Florida voted to approve one of two candidates to become Interim Superintendent. By a unanimous vote of support, School Board members approved Dr. Vickie L. Cartwright to serve as Interim Superintendent for Broward County Public Schools.  

The next step in the process includes contract negotiations by School Board Chair Dr. Rosalind Osgood, beginning at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 26. A Special School Board Meeting is scheduled for noon on Wednesday, July 28, when the terms of the negotiated contract will be presented to School Board members for approval.  Dr. Cartwright’s starting date will be determined during contract negotiation. 

The School Board also selected the consulting firm, Ray and Associates, LLC, a firm specializing on school executive leadership searches, to conduct the search for the next Superintendent.  

Below is a link to today’s School Board meeting with the selection of the Interim Superintendent. The School Board vote is taken at timecode 3:46:00.

https://www.eduvision.tv/l?eAeteOy

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ABOUT BROWARD COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS  

“Committed to educating all students to reach their highest potential.”   

Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is the sixth largest school district in the nation and the second largest in the state of Florida. BCPS is Florida’s first fully accredited school system since 1962. BCPS has nearly 261,500 students and approximately 110,000 adult students in 241 schools, centers and technical colleges, and 93 charter schools. BCPS serves a diverse student population, with students representing 170 different countries and 147 different languages. To connect with BCPS, visit browardschools.com, follow us on Twitter @browardschools, on Facebook at facebook.com/browardschools.com and download the free BCPS mobile app. 

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Hillary Clinton accepts Democratic nomination for president, becoming first woman to lead a major U.S. political party

95 years after women were first granted the right to vote, on July 28, 2016, former Secretary of State, Senator and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton makes history by accepting the Democratic Party’s nomination for president, becoming the first woman to lead a major U.S. political party. 

The Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia formally nominated Clinton two days earlier, with South Dakota casting 15 votes to put Clinton over the threshold of 2,382 required delegates.

In her acceptance speech on the night of July 28, Clinton acknowledged the historic nature of her nomination. 

“Tonight, we’ve reached a milestone in our nation’s march toward a more perfect union: the first time that a major party has nominated a woman for president,” she said. “Standing here as my mother’s daughter, and my daughter’s mother, I’m so happy this day has come. Happy for grandmothers and little girls and everyone in between. Happy for boys and men, too—because when any barrier falls in America, for anyone, it clears the way for everyone. When there are no ceilings, the sky’s the limit.”

Clinton, who ran in the general against Donald J. Trump, won the popular vote but lost the election in the electoral college. Trump served one term and made history himself, becoming the first U.S. president to be impeached twice. 

READ MORE: Women’s History Milestones: A Timeline

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