Broward County School Board Approves Dr. Howard Hepburn as New BCPS Superintendent

A person in a suit and tieDescription automatically generatedBroward County Public Schools (BCPS) welcomes Dr. Howard Hepburn as the new Superintendent of Schools. The Broward County School Board approved the appointment during the April 16, 2024, School Board meeting, following an announcement by Superintendent Dr. Peter B. Licata that he was retiring due to medical reasons. Following the School Board vote, Dr. Hepburn’s tenure as Superintendent began immediately.

Before being appointed as Superintendent, Dr. Hepburn served BCPS as the Deputy Superintendent of Teaching and Learning. With more than 20 years of experience in education, Dr. Hepburn has also served as instructional superintendent, classroom teacher, principal, assistant principal, coach and dean prior to joining BCPS.

“We offer a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Licata for his dedicated service and commitment to our students and understand the need for him to focus on his health and family at this time,” said School Board Chair Lori Alhadeff. “We are grateful to have Dr. Hepburn ready to take the helm and continue the important work of our District.”

“I thank the School Board for their trust and support as I proudly serve the District in this new capacity,” said Superintendent Dr. Hepburn, “As Superintendent, my focus remains on moving our District to an ‘A’ grade and ensuring all students receive a world-class education. We will continue to prioritize closing achievement gaps, increasing student access to accelerated courses and implementing strategies to support continuous student achievement.”

Dr. Hepburn holds a Bachelor of Science in Science Education and a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from the University of Central Florida, and a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from Florida Southern College.

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ABOUT BROWARD COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
“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, serving more than 251,000 students and approximately 110,000 adult learners in 239 schools, centers and technical colleges, and 87 charter schools. BCPS supports a diverse student population representing 177 different countries and speaking 153 languages. To connect with BCPS, visit browardschools.com, follow us on Twitter @browardschools, on Facebook at facebook.com/browardschools, on Instagram @browardschoolsofficial, on YouTube at youtube.com/browardschoolsvideos and download the free BCPS mobile app at browardschools.com/MobileApp.

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200 BCPS Middle School Students Participate in Rally to the Tally for New Floridians

BCPS Middle School Students Participate in Rally to the Tally for New Floridians
Students Depart on Tuesday, April 16
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It’s set to be an exciting week for 200 Broward County Public Schools middle school students who are English Language Learners, as they prepare to participate in Rally to the Tally for New Floridians. The annual four-day field trip to Tallahassee takes place Tuesday, April 16 – Friday, April 19.

During the trip, students from 14 middle schools will visit local cultural museums, the State Capital, the Senate, the House of Representatives and the Florida Supreme Court.  In addition to learning about the legislative process, the students will participate in a mock election and engage in debates about current issues and policies. The students will have opportunities to meet with legislators and judges as they learn about American cultural values placed on education and community involvement.

Media interested in covering the students’ departure for the Rally to the Tally for New Floridians should meet at Silver Trail Middle School (18300 Sheridan Street, Pembroke Pines, Florida 33331) on Tuesday, April 16. Students and chaperones from the school will arrive at approximately 6 a.m. The buses are scheduled to depart at approximately 6:30 a.m.

The Rally to the Tally for New Floridians is organized in collaboration with the Close Up Foundation, Washington, DC and BCPS Bilingual/ESOL Department.

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ABOUT BROWARD COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
“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, serving more than 251,000 students and approximately 110,000 adult learners in 239 schools, centers and technical colleges, and 87 charter schools. BCPS supports a diverse student population representing 177 different countries and speaking 153 languages. To connect with BCPS, visit browardschools.com, follow us on Twitter @browardschools, on Facebook at facebook.com/browardschools, on Instagram @browardschoolsofficial, on YouTube at youtube.com/browardschoolsvideos and download the free BCPS mobile app at browardschools.com/MobileApp.

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Autism in Flight Prepares for Take-Off – Wednesday, April 17

Autism in Flight Prepares for Take-Off
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Autism in Flight is once again preparing to provide Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) students with autism and their families a positive and informative, hands-on experience. For the ninth year, the District has partnered with JetBlue, Broward County Commission and Broward County Aviation to offer students a unique opportunity to participate in a simulated flight experience – this year, to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The event takes place at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Wednesday, April 17, 2024, beginning at 10 a.m., in the baggage claim area of Terminal 3.

Approximately 50 students will participate, representing seven BCPS schools – Coral Park Elementary School, Dania Elementary School, Liberty Elementary School, Mirror Lake Elementary School, Norcrest Elementary School, Silver Lakes Elementary School and Wilton Manors Elementary School. After weeks of classroom instruction focused on airport travel, the students and their families will obtain their boarding passes, go through the security checkpoint and head to the gate to board the JetBlue aircraft for a simulated takeoff and landing.

Since its inception in May 2013, Autism in Flight has provided more than 300 BCPS students with this unique experience. The program is particularly valuable for children with autism who often experience difficulties in communicating, and hypersensitivity to large crowds and loud noises. Autism in Flight also helps airline, airport and Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) staff gain a better understanding of individuals with autism.

Autism in Flight is coordinated in collaboration with the TSA, Broward Sheriff’s Office and Delaware North.

Media are invited to cover this event.

 

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ABOUT BROWARD COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
“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, serving more than 251,000 students and approximately 110,000 adult learners in 239 schools, centers and technical colleges, and 87 charter schools. BCPS supports a diverse student population representing 177 different countries and speaking 153 languages. To connect with BCPS, visit browardschools.com, follow us on Twitter @browardschools, on Facebook at facebook.com/browardschools, on Instagram @browardschoolsofficial, on YouTube at youtube.com/browardschoolsvideos and download the free BCPS mobile app at browardschools.com/MobileApp.

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BCPS Prepares to Implement Walk-Through Metal Detectors in Schools

Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is preparing for the launch of a pilot program this summer for using walk-through metal detectors in high schools as part of a weapons detection program. The pilot will take place at two District schools – Charles W. Flanagan High School and J.P. Taravella High School – and will allow security staff to refine implementation processes before expanding the safety initiative to eight additional schools in the 2024/25 school year.

The District’s rollout of the metal detectors follows recent approval by the Broward County School Board. The total cost of implementing the program at the ten initial schools is $540,000.

“The integration of walk-through metal detectors is an important step forward for our District,” said BCPS Superintendent Dr. Peter B. Licata. “Safety is our top priority, and we are doing everything we can to keep weapons off our campuses. This initiative adds another layer to the safety measures currently in place.”

During a School Board workshop on April 23, the District will discuss the initiative, including the eight schools being launched during the 2024/25 school year. The District’s goal is to outfit all remaining BCPS high schools by the 2025/26 school year.

To watch previous remarks by Superintendent Licata regarding the use of the walk-through metal detectors at schools, visit https://www.eduvision.tv/l?eLOmLRR.

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ABOUT BROWARD COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
“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, serving more than 251,000 students and approximately 110,000 adult learners in 239 schools, centers and technical colleges, and 87 charter schools. BCPS supports a diverse student population representing 177 different countries and speaking 153 languages. To connect with BCPS, visit browardschools.com, follow us on Twitter @browardschools, on Facebook at facebook.com/browardschools, on Instagram @browardschoolsofficial, on YouTube at youtube.com/browardschoolsvideos and download the free BCPS mobile app at browardschools.com/MobileApp.

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BCPS Invests in Student-Athlete Safety with New Synthetic Turf Fields

Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is prioritizing the health and safety of its student-athletes with a $3.6 million investment in state-of-the-art synthetic turf fields. The initiative will see Deerfield Beach High School, Dillard High School and South Broward High School become the first recipients of these advanced playing surfaces after being identified as having some of the most significant issues with field deterioration. 

The decision to switch to artificial turf fields follows extensive research and discussions reflecting the District’s unwavering commitment to student safety. Synthetic turf fields are built with features that soften falls, reducing the risk of injuries, especially for the head. Additionally, the improved drainage systems allow the fields to dry quickly after rainy weather, minimizing disruptions. 

“By installing these new turf fields, we are creating a safer environment for our athletes to compete and train,” BCPS Superintendent Dr. Peter B. Licata said. “We believe this change will contribute to the overall well-being and athletic development of our students.”  

The change will also provide a benefit for physical education classes, marching bands and other recreational activities that utilize the fields. The new surface offers a safe and reliable environment that will enable schools to play and practice without having to take time off to resod and fix the fields, which saves time and money. At times, schools have had to resod the natural fields multiple times throughout the year, costing approximately $52,000 each time. 

“The convenience of being able to utilize our athletic facilities year-round will be a game-changer for sports teams and students who participate in other outdoor activities and rely on the use of the fields,” Dr. Licata added. “They will be a wonderful asset for the entire school community.”

Installation of the turf fields at the three high schools is expected to be completed in the fall of 2024.

 

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 ABOUT BROWARD COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
“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, serving more than 251,000 students and approximately 110,000 adult learners in 239 schools, centers and technical colleges, and 87 charter schools. BCPS supports a diverse student population representing 177 different countries and speaking 153 languages. To connect with BCPS, visit browardschools.com, follow us on Twitter @browardschools, on Facebook at facebook.com/browardschools, on Instagram @browardschoolsofficial, on YouTube at youtube.com/browardschoolsvideos and download the free BCPS mobile app at browardschools.com/MobileApp

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Broward County School Board Recognized for Excellence in Budget Presentation

A white paper with blue text and blue textDescription automatically generatedThe Broward County School Board is being recognized by the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) with its Meritorious Budget Award (MBA) for fiscal year 2023/24. The award honors excellence in budget presentations while also enhancing and promoting school districts’:

  • Skills in developing effective budget presentations
  • Compliance with clear budget presentation guidelines
  • Commitment to the community through a reader-friendly budget document
  • Adherence to nationally recognized budget presentation standards.

As part of the award process, school districts submit their budget documents to a panel of school financial professionals who review the materials for compliance with MBA criteria and other requirements and provide expert feedback.

Districts that meet the stringent program requirements earn either the MBA or a Pathway to the MBA (Pathway) award, which is an introductory program that allows districts to ease into full MBA compliance.

“Presenting a budget that is both accessible and accurate is crucial for school districts to clearly communicate and build trust with their communities,” explains Jim Rowan, CAE, SFO, ASBO International Executive Director. “The Meritorious Budget Award program provides districts with the resources and tools to do just that, and the districts that receive the award are recognized for their commitment to upholding nationally recognized budget presentation standards.”

To learn more about ASBO’s MBA program, visit asbointl.org/MBA.

To view the annual budget for Broward County Public Schools, visit https://www.browardschools.com/budgetresources.

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ABOUT BROWARD COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
“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, serving more than 251,000 students and approximately 110,000 adult learners in 239 schools, centers and technical colleges, and 87 charter schools. BCPS supports a diverse student population representing 177 different countries and speaking 153 languages. To connect with BCPS, visit browardschools.com, follow us on Twitter @browardschools, on Facebook at facebook.com/browardschools, on Instagram @browardschoolsofficial, on YouTube at youtube.com/browardschoolsvideos and download the free BCPS mobile app at browardschools.com/MobileApp.

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Hundreds of BCPS High School Students to Showcase Legislative Youth Agenda at the Close Up – Broward Youth Policy Summit Expo

A picture containing text, clipartDescription automatically generatedWHO:
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) Students, School Board Members, District Staff, Elected Officials and Community Members

WHAT:
More than 300 BCPS Students who are English Language Learners (ELL) will share their proposals for legislative policies and recommendations to improve their communities during the Close Up – Broward Youth Policy Summit Expo. The high school immigrant students will present their legislative agendas to Florida lawmakers. The event is sponsored by the Close Up Foundation, Washington, D.C. and BCPS Bilingual/ESOL Department.

WHEN:
Friday, April 5, 2024
10 a.m. – noon   

WHERE:
Broward College at George Mayer Gymnasium
3501 S.W. Davie Road
Davie, FL  33314

WHY:
The Close Up – Broward Youth Policy Summit is a follow-up to the 2023/24 Close Up – Rally to the Tally, during which hundreds of BCPS ELL traveled to Tallahassee to present their legislative agenda for Florida policy action to elected state officials.

The Broward Youth Policy Summit further challenges students to research and create consensus-based policy recommendations on a wide variety of issues and aims to advance critical thinking and problem-solving skills in our leaders of the future.

MEDIA ARE INVITED TO COVER THIS EVENT

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ABOUT BROWARD COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
“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, serving more than 251,000 students and approximately 110,000 adult learners in 239 schools, centers and technical colleges, and 87 charter schools. BCPS supports a diverse student population representing 177 different countries and speaking 153 languages. To connect with BCPS, visit browardschools.com, follow us on Twitter @browardschools, on Facebook at facebook.com/browardschools, on Instagram @browardschoolsofficial, on YouTube at youtube.com/browardschoolsvideos and download the free BCPS mobile app at browardschools.com/MobileApp.

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Lauderhill 6-12 STEM-MED Magnet School to Host Youth Excel STEM Summit on Thursday, March 21

WHO:
Lauderhill 6-12 STEM-MED Students, Teachers, Administrators and Staff; Lauderhill City Leaders; and Local Business Representatives

WHAT:
Lauderhill 6-12 STEM-MED Magnet School is partnering with the City of Lauderhill to host the Youth Excel STEM Summit – Find Your Future in STEM (Science Technology, Engineering and Math). During this second annual event, students will learn about STEM careers and the steps needed to attain them. 

WHEN:
Thursday, March 21, 2024
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.      

WHERE:
Lauderhill 6-12 STEM-MED Magnet School
1901 N.W. 49th Ave.
Lauderhill, Florida 33313                          

WHY:
The Youth Excel STEM Summit aims to inspire and empower students to pursue their interests in STEM by providing hands-on learning experiences, guest speakers from a variety of local businesses and exposure to real-world career options.

Participating organizations and businesses include Lauderhill Police Department, Lauderhill Fire Department, Florida International University, Junior Achievement, Museum of Discovery and Science, Port Everglades, ACE Academy, Roboticated, HRB 360 Financial Literacy, Florida Medical Center, Fassmer Technical Projects, Code Ninjas and more.            

MEDIA ARE INVITED TO COVER THIS EVENT.

 

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ABOUT BROWARD COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
“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, serving more than 251,000 students and approximately 110,000 adult learners in 239 schools, centers and technical colleges, and 87 charter schools. BCPS supports a diverse student population representing 177 different countries and speaking 153 languages. To connect with BCPS, visit browardschools.com, follow us on Twitter @browardschools, on Facebook at facebook.com/browardschools, on Instagram @browardschoolsofficial, on YouTube at youtube.com/browardschoolsvideos and download the free BCPS mobile app at browardschools.com/MobileApp.

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BCPS to Celebrate Take Our Children to Work Day – Thursday, April 25, 2024

BCPS to Celebrate Take Our Children to Work Day
Thursday, April 25, 2024

Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) will celebrate Take Our Children to Work Day on Thursday, April 25, 2024, with the theme Inspire 2 Aspire.

Designed to go beyond a typical career day, Take Our Children to Work Day allows students to experience a real workday firsthand. Students will have the opportunity to see what a parent or mentor does in their daily work and understand the connection between their education and future careers. The program aims to allow students to explore their career interests and begin planning for their future goals.  

BCPS encourages local businesses and organizations to participate and highlight real work applications of classroom learning. Additionally, all BCPS schools, centers and administrative offices will allow employees to bring their children to work.  

Take Our Children to Work Day is a District-approved field trip and will be an excused absence with a completed field trip form submitted to the school by April 18, 2024. Students can participate by attending a workplace with a parent, guardian, adult relative or adult family friend.

For more information, including permission forms and activity packets, parents and guardians should contact their child’s school directly.

 

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ABOUT BROWARD COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
“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, serving more than 251,000 students and approximately 110,000 adult learners in 239 schools, centers and technical colleges, and 87 charter schools. BCPS supports a diverse student population representing 177 different countries and speaking 153 languages. To connect with BCPS, visit browardschools.com, follow us on Twitter @browardschools, on Facebook at facebook.com/browardschools, on Instagram @browardschoolsofficial, on YouTube at youtube.com/browardschoolsvideos and download the free BCPS mobile app at browardschools.com/MobileApp.

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Collins Elementary School Celebrates 65 Years of Excellence

Collins Elementary School Celebrates 65 Years of Excellence

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Collins Elementary School, a staple in the Dania Beach community with a rich heritage, is proud to announce its 65th anniversary celebration. The event will be held at the school on Tuesday, March 19, 2024, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. (1050 N.W. Second Ave., Dania Beach). The event will commemorate the school’s strong history of academic achievement, community engagement and fostering a nurturing learning environment for generations of students.

“For 65 years, Collins Elementary has been a cornerstone of our community,” Principal Tracy Jackson said. “We are incredibly proud of the legacy of excellence we have established and the positive impact we have had on countless students. This anniversary celebration is a chance for us to come together, reminisce about the past, and look forward to a bright future.”

Event organizers have prepared a fun-filled morning for the entire community. The festivities will kick off with a parade featuring Collins Elementary students and staff, followed by a ceremony on the basketball court to honor the school’s achievements and celebrate its students. The program will include remarks from District and City of Dania Beach officials, and – adding to the significance of the event – the Collins Family, including Mrs. Leola Collins, for whom the school is named, will join the celebration.

Collins Elementary looks forward to celebrating this momentous occasion with the entire community. The event promises to be a day of joy, laughter, reminiscing and celebration of the school’s enduring legacy.

 

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ABOUT BROWARD COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
“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, serving more than 251,000 students and approximately 110,000 adult learners in 239 schools, centers and technical colleges, and 87 charter schools. BCPS supports a diverse student population representing 177 different countries and speaking 153 languages. To connect with BCPS, visit browardschools.com, follow us on Twitter @browardschools, on Facebook at facebook.com/browardschools, on Instagram @browardschoolsofficial, on YouTube at youtube.com/browardschoolsvideos and download the free BCPS mobile app at browardschools.com/MobileApp.

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