Broward County School Board Interviews Superintendent Candidates Wednesday – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL. (WSVN) – The Broward County School Board is holding interviews Wednesday afternoon for the three finalists for the superintendent position.

There were over 1,000 applicants who applied for the position and after an independent search firm reviewed them, 39 were selected.

Of the eight semi-finalists, Dr. Vickie Cartwright, Michael Gaal and Quintin Shepherd remained.

Gaal is a United States Air Force veteran and former Vice Chancellor of Washington, DC Public Schools. He also worked in Detroit for several years.

Gaal has worked in the military, private sector and several school districts over the past 25 years.

“I served as network superintendent, chief of staff and vice chancellor at Detriot, Oakland and Washington, DC,” Gaal said. “I have walked through hundreds, if not thousands, of classrooms over the years of this era. I held the position of senior director. I participated in the development of the TNTP teacher evaluation tools. I was a TIF grant manager at one of the places I was, we developed internal pipelines for teacher leaders, as well as aspiring principals. Again, I understand what the needs are, especially of the urban public school environment.

He said he has already visited more than 80 Broward County schools, including Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Gaal said he visited the school to better understand what happened in 2018, stressing that school safety was among his top priorities.

Dr. Cartwright spoke about his past of homelessness with his family while growing up. She said she also has a disability and speech issues in order to understand what some students are going through.

She said the relationships with her teachers, music and band managers helped her through the tough times.

“I persevered because of the power of those relationships. I wanted to share this information with you because, on a personal level, I understand what this means for many of the struggles our students go through on a daily basis,” she said.

Dr. Cartwright has a full resume doing just about every job in the school district, from teaching to acting superintendent.

Shepherd is due to speak later in the afternoon.

He is currently superintendent of the Victoria Independent School District in Texas.

After Wednesday’s interviews, two candidates will be chosen to move forward.

These two candidates will likely be interviewed again on February 8 before a decision is made on February 9.

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