Broward school board selects 3 semifinalists during do-over meeting

The members of the School Board of Broward County moved forward on Tuesday with their search for a new superintendent with a do-over meeting to select three semifinalists.

The school board members selected Vickie Cartwright, Broward’s interim superintendent, with nine votes; Michael Gaal with five votes, and Quintin Shepherd with four votes.

The board voted for a second time over concerns that a tally sheet was not transparent enough, so on Tuesday, the members read their selections out loud in public.

Shepherd is the superintendent at the Victoria Independent School District in Texas. The district serves about 14,000 students. He also had experience as a superintendent at school districts in Iowa and Illinois.

Gaal, a retired U.S. Air Force pilot, has experience as a school district administrator in Washington, D.C., and as an education consultant.

The school board members will interview the semifinalists on Wednesday.

Board members had selected Keith Oswald, a Palm Beach County schools administrator, during the prior meeting. He didn’t make the cut on Tuesday.

Broward Superintendent Robert Runcie stepped down in August after he was indicted for perjury.

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