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Broward school board applicant has Bogdanoff's backing


Five Broward residents have submitted questionnaires to Gov. Rick Scott seeking an appointment to the Broward School Board to replace Katie Leach who recently announced that she would leave Dec. 21 due to her husband accepting a job in California. Leach, who was appointed by Scott in 2011, is one of two Republicans on the Democrat-dominated board.

Look to the references portion of the applications for a clue as to who will interest Scott: Heather Brinkworth listed Leach and former state Sen. Ellyn Bogdanoff, R-Fort Lauderdale. Brinkworth changed her voter registration from independent to Republican in October.

In addition to her political ties, she has the education credentials. Brinkworth, a Fort Lauderdale mom, is a regional manager for the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy and a former Broward schools reading teacher. She is also the PTA President at Bayview Elementary and chairs the City of Fort Lauderdale’s Education Advisory Board.

Here’s a summary of the other applicants based on the information they provided in quesionnaires:

* Roberto Fernandez: Boyd Anderson High School social studies teacher since 2005 and the county’s social studies teacher of the year in 2013. Democrat.

* John Perez: city of Oakland Park Project Manager of Engineering & Construction Management Division, former Broward schools transportation employee. Member of Broward schools facilities task force. No party affiliation.

* Thomas Glaser: Social studies teacher at Mater Academy Charter High School in Hialeah Gardens and past Miami-Dade schools teacher and administrator. Libertarian.

* Harry Moon: President of Himmarshee Surgical Partners in Fort Lauderdale.

Scott hasn’t announced any timeline for interviews or making an appointment.