Broward selects Cartwright, Gaal as superintendent finalists

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, February 2, 2022 - Michael Gaal, answers questions by the Broward School Board during his interview.  The Broward School Board interviewed three finalists Wednesday for the Broward Schools superintendent post.

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, February 2, 2022 – Michael Gaal, answers questions by the Broward School Board during his interview. The Broward School Board interviewed three finalists Wednesday for the Broward Schools superintendent post.

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The Broward School Board Wednesday narrowed its list of finalists for a new school superintendent to two, including the district’s interim superintendent and a retired Air Force colonel who has had a career in educational technology sales.

After about four hours of interviewing the top three candidates and hearing from the public, the nine board members chose Vickie Cartwright and Michael Gaal to proceed to the next round of interviews.

Each of the board members voted for their top two choices.

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida, February 2, 2022 – Vickie Cartwright answers questions during her interview by the Broward School Board. The Broward School Board interviewed three finalists Wednesday for the Broward Schools superintendent post. Jose A Iglesias jiglesias@elnuevoherald.com

Cartwright — whom the Board chose as interim in July with a $275,000 contract — received nine votes. Gaal, who retired as an Air Force colonel after 25 years and is the former president of sales of Beable Education in New Jersey, received seven.

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida, February 2, 2022 – Michael Gaal, answers questions by the Broward School Board during his interview. The Broward School Board interviewed three finalists Wednesday for the Broward Schools superintendent post. Jose A Iglesias jiglesias@elnuevoherald.com

Quintin Shepherd, a superintendent of a small Texas school district, was eliminated after receiving only two votes.

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida, February 2, 2022 – Quintin Shepherd answers questions during his interview by the Broward School Board. The Broward School Board interviewed three finalists Wednesday for the Broward Schools superintendent post. Jose A Iglesias jiglesias@elnuevoherald.com

“I think I can say on behalf of all of us that we appreciated the three semi-finalists that we had today in sharing what their view would be for our district,” said Chair Laurie Rich Levinson.

Here’s how each board member voted:

Ann Murray, District 1: Gaal, Cartwright

Vice Chair Patricia Good, District 2: Cartwright, Gaal

Sarah Leonardi, District 3: Cartwright, Gaal

Lori Alhadeff, District 4: Gaal, Cartwright

Rosalind Osgood, District 5: Cartwright, Shepherd

Chair Laurie Rich Levinson, District 6: Cartwright, Gaal

Nora Rupert, District 7: Cartwright, Shepherd

Donna Korn, at-large: Cartwright, Gaal

Debra Hixon, at-large: Cartwright, Gaal

On Feb. 8, each board member will meet privately with Cartwright and Gaal. At 7 pm, the board will conduct a final round of interviews during a public meeting in the auditorium of the Plantation High School, 6901 NW 16th St.

At 10 am on Feb. 9, the board will meet again to make a final determination.

This story will be updated.

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