Broward School Chief Tried To Keep Contract Secret

By Buddy Nevins,, for, Sept. 16, 2015 – Derek Messier did not get a golden parachute when he quit as Broward Schools chief construction officer earlier this month.

But he got silver parachute contained in a sweetheart deal handed to him before he walked out the door.

Messier was rewarded with a $15,000 consulting contract by Superintendent Robert Runcie. No other consultants apparently were considered.

Under School Board policy, Runcie is permitted to spend up to $50,000 without Board approval.