Butterworth, Seiler, Allen to Serve as School Board Integrity Czars

The Broward County School Board has gathered three influential men to look into its troubled construction department and other matters, new Board Member Kevin Tynan just told me.

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Apparently realizing that the problem is too big for it to handle, Superintendent James Notter has asked for, and received, the services of former Florida Attorney General Bob Butterworth, Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler, and local attorney George Allen to oversee an independent probe into what has been exposed as a corrupt building department.

Yeah, Mr. Notter, this seems to be a tad bit late, but the title you chose for the group is hilarious considering the source: "The Commission on Education Excellence Through Integrity, Public Ethics, and Transparency."

From the news release:

The Commission will function independently of the School District and will immediately initiate a 90-day fact-finding analysis of the District's practices, procedures and supporting policies to ensure that these align with the highest level of integrity and best business practices. Public input venues will be provided, as well as on-going updates at advertised School Board workshops. 

Three areas of initial review will be purchasing and procurement practices; ethics and ethics education/training practices and efficient and cost effective delivery of educational resources and facilities. The findings and recommendations of the Commission will be used to establish changes in policy, procedure and practice to meet the highest level of integrity and public confidence.  The District will also continue to fully cooperate with all Federal investigation processes.

So the district will continue to cooperate with the feds? Hmmm, I didn't know it was cooperating in the first place, since it told employees that they didn't have to speak to FBI agents and could lawyer up free of charge on the taxpayers' dime. Maybe Butterworth can start there. And isn't Seiler just a tad bit busy overseeing something called the City of Fort Lauderdale to tackle a task this monumental? What the hell is he thinking?

Read the full news release -- yes, there's more -- after the jump.  

BROWARD COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS NEWS RELEASE


Date: October 28, 2009


Contacts:  Charles Webster, Public Relations & Governmental Affairs, 754-321-2300
                Nadine Drew, Public Relations & Governmental Affairs, 754-321-2300
       
SUBJECT:  BROWARD COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS ANNOUNCES ESTABLISHMENT OF COMMISSION ON EDUCATION  EXCELLENCE

 

** NEWS CONFERENCE SCHEDULED AT 10 A.M. TODAY AT SCHOOL BOARD HEADQUARTERS **

600 SE 3rd Avenue, Fort Lauderdale

Broward County Public Schools today announced the establishment of a fully independent "Commission on Education Excellence through Integrity, Public Ethics, and Transparency."  The Commission will be comprised of three members:  former Attorney General Bob Butterworth, former State Representative and current Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler and W. George Allen, Esq. 

The official announcement will be made at a news conference scheduled for 10 a.m. today (Wednesday, October 28, 2009) in the Kathleen C. Wright Administration Building's Prefunction Room (1st floor).

The Commission will function independently of the School District and will immediately initiate a 90-day fact-finding analysis of the District's practices, procedures and supporting policies to ensure that these align with the highest level of integrity and best business practices. Public input venues will be provided, as well as on-going updates at advertised School Board workshops. 

Three areas of initial review will be purchasing and procurement practices; ethics and ethics education/training practices and efficient and cost effective delivery of educational resources and facilities. The findings and recommendations of the Commission will be used to establish changes in policy, procedure and practice to meet the highest level of integrity and public confidence.  The District will also continue to fully cooperate with all Federal investigation processes.

Broward County Public Schools continues a strong prominence in national, state and local leadership in areas of student academic and performance achievements, as well as teacher quality.  The Commission's work will ensure the delivery of excellence in education for all Broward students now and in the future.

Broward County Public Schools is the nation's sixth largest public school system and the largest fully accredited district with over 250,000 students in more than 280 schools and education centers. For more information about Broward County Public Schools, visit the District Web site at (www.browardschools.com).

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