Robert Runcie offers to step aside as Broward Schools superintendent after arrest
Robert Runcie's exit is proving more complex than expected. Image via AP.

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Runcie was arrested last week and is facing charges that he lied to a grand jury.

After Broward County Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie was arrested last week on perjury charges, his attorneys said he would not resign. On Tuesday, he changed his tune and offered to negotiate a separation agreement.

“I’m willing to discuss a path of mutual agreement of separation,” Runcie told the Broward County School Board during a meeting Tuesday.

“I will step aside so you can have the peace that you are looking for,” he added, addressing two members of the School Board who ran and won for seats after losing loved ones during the 2018 Parkland shooting.

Last week, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) arrested Runcie and Barbara Myrick, who serves as general counsel for Broward County Schools. The charges stem from their statement to a grand jury, established in 2019 to investigate school safety measures after the attack at Stoneman Douglas High School. Runcie and Myrick are accused of lying to that body.

Runcie’s legal team originally pushed back, arguing Runcie has “fully cooperated” with those grand jury proceedings.

“Mr. Runcie will enter a plea of not guilty to the charge,” read the statement from Runcie’s attorneys. “We are confident that he will be exonerated and he intends to continue to carry out his responsibilities with the highest level of integrity and moral standards, as he has done for nearly ten years in his role as Superintendent.”

Runcie echoed that sentiment with a video statement responding to the charges.

“I am confident that I will be vindicated and I intend to continue to carry out my responsibilities as superintendent with the highest level of integrity and moral standards as I have done for nearly 10 years,” Runcie said.

That tone changed Tuesday, as Runcie said he would consider negotiating a separation package with the School Board.

Runcie took over the Broward superintendent role in 2011. Before coming to Broward, Runcie served as chief information officer for Chicago Public Schools. He eventually moved his way up to chief administrative officer.

He achieved success after securing the Broward superintendent role, receiving a 2016 Superintendent of the Year award and other acknowledgements.

But Runcie has also been criticized for the district’s handling of the 2018 Parkland attack. Several individuals who lost loved ones have voiced their desire to replace Runcie. They argue the district did not do enough to respond to warning signs exhibited by the shooter in the years before his attack.

Runcie has also received criticism over Broward’s PROMISE Program, which was meant to be an alternate disciplinary track to keep students out of the criminal justice system. Runcie falsely said the Parkland shooter had never been entered into the program (he had). And the Sun Sentinel also found the county gave misleading information about the program’s success rate.

2019 vote by the School Board to remove Runcie failed. But Gov. Ron DeSantis sought to impanel a grand jury to seek information on how school districts are handling school safety issues, including a look into where available funds are being spent.

The grand jury has not held back in its criticisms of school districts in the wake of the 2018 Parkland attack. Among the areas of concern identified by the commission were radio communication problems between law enforcement agencies, the lack of armed personnel on campuses and failures by schools to report violent incidents, which could serve as warning signs for future attackers.

Ryan Nicol

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4 comments

  • John

    April 29, 2021 at 10:40 am

    800 Million dollars that was handed to Runcie was squandered with minority contractors who could not complete work and had skirted the bonding requirements. The Bonds approved by voters, actually were not but SOE flipped the votes and passed them. It was a feeding frenzy for the anointed pigs at the trough. Runcie from day one began destroying BCPS. His first act was to FUBAR the busses. Kids waiting and no buses. It was a down hill snowball the past decade. The corrupt, low IQ Board continued to worship this con man and never held him accountable. He was a political hire from obama and they were not going to interfere but sadly allowed this creation to destroy 10 years of my children education. Runcie fired all the Notter brain trust and brought in 100% black branch managers who totally put BCPS into chaos. Runcie is a total racist and has proved it. The school system should not be an employment hub for black only employment. All the while the incompetent stupid low IQ Board allowed and encouraged him.

    • Joe Goldner

      April 29, 2021 at 10:45 am

      Runcie along with others like Dr. Osgood had been funneling funds to areas as part of a money-laundering scheme. He and others are also responsible for the Promise Program which led to 17 deaths.

  • Joe Goldner

    April 29, 2021 at 10:43 am

    For all those that don’t know, it was me, Joe Goldner, that exposed Runcie to the Promise Program that led to 17 deaths and challenged Runcie at BREC for that and the missing millions allocated to the school board. From Feb. 2018 to the BREC meeting in Oct of 2018 where I corned Runcie and in a face to face loud discussion seen by Tony Man of the Sun-Sentinel, I went after Runcie, first on the Promise Program which he helps design to an independent audit and investigation on the missing millions. This led to the grand jury and now his indictments. I want to thank my good friend Governor DeSantis for helping me exposed and eliminate this corrupt individual in Robert Runcie, more to come as we are draining the swamp of corruption here at the Broward County Schools and board.

  • John

    April 29, 2021 at 11:17 am

    Every dime of corrupted funds needs to be accounted for. Every corrupt actor in the food chain needs to be going to jail. I can’t wait to see what looser the Board comes up with as a replacement.

    Demographics of government should roughly equal the demographic make-up of the community. We can never have a racist packing the system with his chosen ones. 11 years of rot and corruption.

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