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Broward School Boards picks 2 superintendent finalists

The Broward School District is inching closer to selecting its next superintendent. On Monday, the board selected its top two candidates to move on with the next round of interviews.

After interviewing five applicants for an hour each, the School Board narrowed their choices to Robert Runcie, chief of staff to the Chicago Board of Education, and Bernard Taylor, superintendent of Grand Rapids Public Schools in Michigan.

Not making the cut: James Browder, former superintendent of the Lee County school district; Debra Brathwaite, the deputy superintendent of Richland County, S.C., and Thomas Seigel, the superintendent of the Bethel, Wash., school district.

Parents and community leaders will have a chance to meet the finalists on Tuesday, during a community forum scheduled to start at 6 p.m. at Junior Achievement World, 1130 Coconut Creek Blvd., Coconut Creek.

The finalists will field questions from the community that were submitted to the district over the past three months. On Wednesday, they’ll come before the board for a last round of interviews before a final choice is made.

--LAURA FIGUEROA

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