FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) - Broward County Public Schools Interim Superintendent Dr. Vickie Cartwright may soon hold the position permanently.
Members of the school board will be meeting to discuss the matter on Tuesday.
“I am very honored and very humbled that our board is considering this as something, to name me as permanent superintendent,” Cartwright said.
Cartwright, who was named as interim superintendent in July, could get the job for good as early as Tuesday morning.
“If offered the position, yes, I’m more than willing to stay here,” Cartwright said.
When she was initially brought on board, part of the agreement was that she could not apply for the position, but that doesn’t mean that she cannot be appointed.
BCPS board member Nora Rupert made the request for the board to discuss the possibility last week.
“A lot of people, first of all, wouldn’t even come here, with all the change and backstories going on here, and what gets lost, of course, is how truly well our teaching and learning is here,” Rupert said. “She’s working with our staff, our union and meet and greet groups, and I think she’s kind of calming down a little bit as well as looking through transparency in our organization.”
Rupert said Cartwright has gone above and beyond during her tenure so far.
The interim superintendent went door to door in search of students who have not returned to the classroom since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
“It’s very important for our students to be in school receiving the education that they need,” she said.
She has also impressed the committee formed to study the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.
“She has a very cordial relationship now with the Marjory Stoneman Douglas task force,” said Rupert. “It may have been one meeting she was at, but it was a positive one because they saw a commitment that she actually did something. That is when she made staff finish the reunification plan.”
Back in September, Cartwright said the school district hadn’t done enough in the three years since the massacre.
At an event on Monday at Charles W. Flanagan High School, Cartwright said during her short time in the position, much has been done already, and she’s looking forward to doing more.
“We’ve been able to accomplish a lot these past two months, and it’s through the collaboration of staff, community members and really having that very focused drive in order to continue our direction forward,” she said.
Rupert said Cartwright represents the change that the district needs.
“It’s not easy. She wants to do it, and she has great ideas,” she said.
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