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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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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Miramar High School Senior is New National Speech and Debate Champion in Program Oral Interpretation

July 6, 2021                             

BCPS Students Also Take Second and Third Place in Additional National Tournament Events

 

Miramar High School Senior is New National Speech and Debate ChampionAfter a weeklong virtual competition, three Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) students earned top honors in several categories of the National Speech and Debate Association’s (NSDA) 2021 Speech and Debate Online Tournament.  Miramar High School senior Sophia Williams (pictured left) was named the 2021 National Speech and Debate Champion in the Program Oral Interpretation category. Additionally, Ophilea Abidoye from Western High School won second place in Storytelling, and Caitlin Williams from Everglades High School placed third in Original Spoken Word Poetry.

The NSDA’s 2021 National Speech and Debate Online Tournament, which took place from June 13 –19, gathered more than 6,000 middle and high school students from more than 1,400 schools around the nation to compete in 25 different events.

“We are extremely proud to recognize and celebrate the outstanding achievements of these students, who are among the best in the country,” said BCPS Superintendent Robert W. Runcie. “The skills they have acquired through participation in our District’s robust speech and debate program help prepare these young adults to excel in their future careers.”

BCPS is proud to have the largest speech and debate public school program in the nation. The Debate Initiative, which started during the 2012/13 school year with 15 high schools, is now active at every high school, every middle school and more than 100 elementary schools throughout the District. Speech and debate students learn research, logic, organization of ideas, manipulation of language and assessment of audience, while engaging in world events and building self-esteem.

View Sophia Williams’ winning Program Oral Interpretation at the NSDA’s 2021 Speech and Debate Online Tournament through the following link, around the 44-minute mark: https://vimeo.com/564869152. The Program Oral Interpretation category focuses on a student’s ability to combine multiple genres of literature centered around a single theme.

To learn more about the District’s Debate Initiative, visit browardschools.com/debate.

 

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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 92 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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Western High School Students Set to Compete in  Solar Car Challenge in Fort Worth, Texas 

Western High School Solar Car - E-CatWestern High School Solar Car – E-Cat

 

The Western High School Solar Cats have been hard at work building an electric car that runs on batteries powered by the sun. The team returns to the 2021 Solar Car Challenge in Fort Worth, Texas on July 16, 2021, marking their first appearance since winning the Solar Car Challenge Classic Division in 2018.  

This year, the Western High Solar Cats will compete in the new Electric-Solar Powered Division, which seeks to make solar car racing a reality by incorporating solar panels and a two-passenger vehicle capable of urban driving. The team will debut their new “E-Cat” constructed from the ground up.  

The Solar Car Challenge teaches high school students around the world how to build roadworthy solar cars.The Western High Solar Cats team has learned how to plan, design, engineer, build, race and evaluate solar cars and are demonstrating how green technology can create a better world. 

The Solar Car Challenge will feature 251 solar car projects in various stages of development in anticipation of the upcoming solar car-racing event. Teams will travel to Texas from 38 states, as well as Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico and the Bahamas. Qualified teams will get the opportunity to drive their solar cars at the Texas Motor Speedway. 

“The challenge gives students an opportunity to learn skills they can carry forward in their academic and professional careers, such as mechanical, electrical and software engineering, as well as problem solving, team building and project management,” said Western High Assistant Principal Christine Graf. “The students have spent months working on their car. This is an opportunity to demonstrate ingenuity and celebrate their efforts.”  

Congratulations to Western High School Solar Cats leaders and team members: Rohan Jaison, co-captian and telemetry director, Justin Fox, co-captain and system architecture, Fernando De Achurra, mechanical design director, Brian Abin, Terry Russel, Nadia Auguste and Ethan Kaplan.  

 

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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 92 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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