But there are plenty of real issues.
Taylor came from the disaster laden Kansas City School District as Superintendent from 2001 through 2003.
According to Michael Mayo’s interview published in the Sun Sentinel; “He (Taylor) said that school district was on the verge of state takeover when he was summoned from Jefferson City, Mo., to take over. “We averted it, and got things back on the right track,”
Well, that isn’t quite the story.
“Summoned from Jefferson City to take over?” It doesn’t quite fit with his resume.
Taylor didn’t go into the Kansas City district as Superintendent. He started with the district as the “Executive Director of School Leadership.”
Some of the job duties as described places Taylor squarely in the middle of the court ordered debacle that ultimately brought down the district.
This one, especially: “Ensured compliance with all court ordered desegregation related plans and requirements.”
Was it his idea to hire 120 taxicabs to bring in white students?
Taylor spent eight months in that role before becoming one of the revolving door Superintendents.
If, as Taylor claims, he was so successful in averting the state takeover and getting things back on the right track, then he absolutely must explain why the district is now bankrupt and has closed 28 schools.
In the long run, it appears that Taylor didn’t fix anything.
Board member Nora Rupert says that Taylor is “open and communicative.”
So was Frank Till. He was a bullshit artist, but very communicative when it suited his purposes.
Taylor’s resume says he won a local Dancing with the Stars contest to raise money for charity.
And Frank Till took tandem parachute jumps to do the same.
Meanwhile, Runcie is quite frank about his experiences and says “I’ve done insourcing and outsourcing.”
“The fact of the matter is we have to take a really good look at how we do business and see what makes the most sense.”
It’s a breath of fresh air and exactly the attitude the new Superintendent needs.
The choice boils down to a career educator from a screwed up school district vs. an educator that was not only successful in his school career, but a polished, successful businessman as well.
The last thing the Broward school district needs is a Frank Till work alike that gets popular with parents but can’t manage his way out of a paper bag.