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Questions arise about Broward County district's plan to outsource construction management

The Broward County (Fla.) district’s attempt to outsource much of its facilities department, a move designed to restore credibility, has instead raised new questions, The Miami Herald reports. Superintendent Robert Runcie called for an overhaul of the construction and maintenance department, which has been embroiled in scandals over unethical practices and wasteful spending. The district is hiring an outside project management company to supervise the district’s school repairs and renovations. But the process of selecting a management company has been marked by numerous irregularities that have prompted citizen activists and the district’s internal auditor to raise red flags.

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