By Mike Ryan for BrowardBeat.com, Special to EyesOnNews.com, Nov 17, 2014 – The Broward County School Board is the sixth largest school board in the United States and second largest in Florida. The School Board serves the educational mission for “over 260,000 students and approximately 175,000 adult students in 238 schools, centers and technical colleges, and 102 charter schools.”
There are more K-12 students in the Broward County school system than residents in the City of Fort Lauderdale.
With nearly 33,000 employees, there are more people employed by the School Board than the resident population of 12 cities: Cooper City, Dania Beach, Hillsboro Beach, Lauderdale Lakes, Lazy Lake, Lighthouse Point, Parkland, Pembroke Park, Sea Ranch Lakes, Southwest Ranches, West Park and Wilton Manors. The organization has an operational budget of over $2.0 Billion, with another $1 Billion in other funds and expenses. The budget is here.
Even with the best operational policies and procedures, while unfortunate, naturally there will be times a large, complex organization falls short of perfect execution every day. Many would say expecting perfection is not reasonable.
(Michael J. Ryan is the mayor of Sunrise. He is a former PTA president and has two children in the public school system. He supported the recent $800 million bond referendum.)