In a note Broward Schools Superintendent Jim Notter and School Board Chairwoman Maureen Dinnen sent to the district's employees Tuesday, they avoided going into details about last week's arrest of Board member Beverly Gallagher in a federal corruption sting. They tried to rally the troops instead:
"Together, what we do for Broward children is more important than any of us
individually. The term 'Team Broward' is not a simple rah-rah phrase. We will
continue to be successful because we have high quality people and we know how to
work together on our core mission, educating students."
The note was sent on the district's internal message system, known as CAB.
The School Board held its first meeting without Gallagher, who is now suspended, Tuesday, but only briefly touched on the matter.
"It has been a very difficult time for us, but we are hardworking
people," Dinnen said at the beginning of the workshop. "We work
together and we are a great board and we are going to
work like that today and in the future.''
The board meets again Thursday afternoon to hold its annual retreat with the superintendent.
Full text of the note is after the jump.
Reporters have inquired how our
district will recover from recent events. Our answer is that on September16 of
this year Broward was recognized as one of the five best urban school districts
in America. According to the Council of Great City Schools, of the largest 100
districts in the nation,we are one of the top two and our finance department is
We are grateful for these
awards, but none of them are flukes. We---all of us---all thirty some thousand
of us---earned these tributes in the midst of the toughest economic crisis in
Our Broward County School
District has moved the state away from total reliance on FCAT, and established
an anti-bullying policy before the rest of Florida knew there was a bullying
problem. Broward is an "A" District, and school districts all over Florida and
the United States are borrowing our policies, our programs, and our practices.
The sadness of recent events
shows us we cannot be complacent. Together, what we do for Broward children is
more important than any of us individually. The term "Team Broward" is not a
simple rah phrase. We will continue to be successful because we have high
quality people and we know how to work together on our core mission, educating
We shall keep striving for
excellence. We are a quality work in progress. Watch us, members of the Broad
Foundation! The Broward County Public School District is coming after that
Maureen S. .
Dinnen James F. Notter
School Board Chair
--Hannah Sampson and Patricia Mazzei