By Nyam Daniel
The Broward County School Board has selected Vickie Cartwright as the new Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) superintendent.
The school board voted 7-2 on Wednesday to appoint Cartwright, who was the interim superintendent. The previous superintendent Robert Runcie stepped down after he was charged with perjury in April.
Cartwright has 26 years of experience in public education. She was superintendent of schools for Oshkosh Area School District in Wisconsin. Cartwright served as the associate superintendent for Exceptional Students Education (ESE) in Orange County Public Schools in Florida. Her storied career also includes serving as assistant principal, principal, elementary school music teacher and a middle and high school band director.
School district officials said Wednesday night Cartwright was selected after a national search for candidates conducted by an independent executive leadership firm. BCPS also conducted public surveys, held focus groups and allowed public comments at school board meetings. The board held an open forum for the public to meet the finalists on Tuesday.
“Throughout the process of searching for our new superintendent of schools, the school board sought community input and remained committed to ensuring transparency,” School Board Chair Laurie Rich Levinson said in a statement. “Our goal has remained to find the most qualified candidate to lead our schools and maintain our dedication to excellence in education. We are excited to have Dr. Cartwright remain with our district as our new superintendent.”