Former Broward GOP chair Kevin Tynan was sworn into the Broward School Board Tuesday afternoon, replacing suspended member Beverly Gallagher, who was arrested in September in a federal corruption investigation.
Tynan took an oath administered by Broward County Judge Louis Schiff before close to 50 people, including Tynan's wife, current Broward GOP chair Chip LaMarca and the other eight School Board members, who welcomed the newest addition with balloons and cake.
Gov. Charlie Crist appointed Tynan last week -- while Tynan, an attorney, was in trial. "I missed his phone call," Tynan said "Eventually we traded text messages."
Tynan declared himself "a little pumped" and congratulated the board for naming a three-man commission last week to look into how the district does business. He called that only a start and acknowledged there were other contentious issues before the board -- including boundary changes to Pioneer Middle School in Cooper City, which is in his district.
Boundaries, Tynan said, "are probably more important to the families, more so than anything else we do."
Tynan, who is on the South Broward Hospital District, said he has asked Crist's office to replace him so he has more time to dedicate to the School Board. "And the practice is going to have to give a little bit," Tynan added about his day job.
Meanwhile, Tynan said he will be reading up on education, since he does not have a background in the field.
"I have a learning curve," he admitted. "This is a brand new alphabet soup. I have to learn all the acronyms."