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Broward's Runcie named Florida Superintendent of the Year



Robert Runcie, Broward County's superintendent since fall 2011, was named Florida 2016 Superintendent of the Year on Wednesday at the state superintendents association's annual conference in Tampa.

"Bob Runcie is an outstanding superintendent with a single focus and commitment to student success," FADSS president and Orange County superintendent Barbara Jenkins said in a released statement. "His instructional and operational expertise provide purposeful direction to one of the nation's largest urban school districts. Highly respected by his colleagues, Bob well represents the educational leaders of Florida."

Runcie came to Florida after serving as a top administrator in Arne Duncan's Chicago public schools system. The superintendents association noted several highlights of his work in south Florida in giving him the award. Those include the spearheading of an $800 million construction bond program, the redesign of school discipline, and the adding of new student opportunities such as elementary scholastic chess and middle and high school debate programs.

Runcie follows MaryEllen Elia, who won the recognition last year as Hillsborough superintendent. He is eligible to be a finalist for national superintendent of the year.

[Last modified: Wednesday, December 2, 2015 11:11am]


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