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Grand jury wants school board members removed over massacre – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida grand jury empaneled after a 2018 school massacre has advisable that Gov. Ron DeSantis take away from office 4 members of the Broward County school board, saying they and district directors displayed “deceit, malfeasance, misfeasance, neglect of duty and incompetence” of their dealing with of a campus security program.

In the 122-page report launched Friday, the panel advisable that DeSantis droop board members Patricia Good, Donna Korn, Ann Murray and Laurie Rich Levinson. A former member, Rosalind Osgood, was additionally focused, however she is now a member of the Florida Senate.

The grand jury started meeting 15 months after 14 college students and three employees members have been gunned down on Feb. 14. 2018, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, a Broward County suburb. The shooter, Nikolas Cruz, pleaded responsible in October and is now on trial to determine whether or not he shall be sentenced to demise or life with out parole.

Former Broward Superintendent Robert Runcie resigned final year after he was indicted for allegedly mendacity to the grand jury. He has pleaded not responsible and is awaiting trial. The district is the nation’s sixth-largest, with greater than 270,000 college students.

The grand jury mentioned that Runcie’s and the accused board members’ “uninformed or even misinformed decisions, incompetent management and lack of meaningful oversight” has led to large price overruns and delays in a school security program authorized by county voters in 2014. The report says the $1 billion program that was presupposed to be accomplished in 2021 is now projected to price $1.5 billion when it’s completed in 2025 — estimates the jury known as “wishcasting.”

“This doubling of time and almost 50 percent increase in cost did not happen overnight,” the grand jury wrote. “It was a slow-boiling frog that resulted from years of mismanagement from multiple (district) officials whose mistakes were compounded by the Board, which has….refused to hold (district) leadership to account.”

The accused school board members and Osgood didn’t instantly reply Friday to calls and emails looking for remark. Runcie’s lawyer didn’t instantly reply to an electronic mail looking for remark.

DeSantis additionally had no quick remark. He fired former Broward Sheriff Scott Israel simply after he took office in January 2019, saying Israel’s lack of management contributed to the Stoneman Douglas capturing.

The grand jury report says the Broward school district appears to be extra centered on how it’s considered publicly than on precise accomplishment.

“Broward County has provided a cornucopia of examples of an almost fanatical desire to control data and use it to manipulate public perception, including that surrounding safety,” the grand jury wrote. Runcie and the accused board members “are seemingly obsessed with the optics of any situation and control of public impressions of their activities.”

“The District produces training materials on ‘Building the Brand’ as though the district were all important while its students were mere commodities and instructs employees to always consider how situations might affect the perception of the District as opposed to the reality,” the jury wrote.

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