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Broward County (Fla.) district says it will restart its search for a chief facilities officer

Oct. 12, 2022
The job has been vacant since 2019 as the 250,000-student district struggles to renovate its facilities.

The Broward County (Fla.) district says it is restarting the search process to hire a leader for its school construction program.

The South Florida Sun Sentinel reports that the position of chief facilities officer has been vacant since 2019, and a statewide grand jury report cited that as one of many problems that have stymied the progress of a school renovation program funded by $800 million in bonds that voters approved in 2014.

Some board members have described the search for a chief facilities officer as an embarrassing failure.

This week, for the fourth time in two months, Superintendent Vickie Cartwright removed a recommended candidate from the agenda.

"We're going to start completely over, start from scratch," Cartwright said.

The district will now look for a candidate with K-12 experience, which many of the recent pool of applicants lacked, Cartwright said.

The Sun Sentinel has reported that the district bungled the facilities chief search by incorrectly scoring recommended candidates, failing to hold a required community forum and then eliminating a candidate at the last minute after questioning his use of personal leave at a job nine years ago.

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