Broward School Board may move to BankAtlantic headquarters

Broward County School District considers relocating

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Talks are underway for a major move for the Broward County School Board.

On Friday, school board toured the BankAtlantic headquarters on Cypress Creek Road in Fort Lauderdale.

"You doing a walk-through?" asked Local 10's Bob Norman.

"Just looking and stuff," said Israel Canales, a manager with the Broward County School District.

Canales offered little information as he visited the site with School Board Growth Management Director Chris Akagbosu and other officials. Superintendent Robert Runcie didn't attend the tour, but is considering moving the school board away from the K.C. Wright building in downtown Fort Lauderdale.

"If there's secrecy about it, I don't know the secret," said Broward School Board member Katie Leach.

"You didn't know the school board was there today?" asked Norman.

I had no -- the school board was there today?" replied Leach.

Even school board members like Leach had received scant information on the potential deal between the school board and BB&T, which is acquiring BankAtlantic, reported Norman.

On Friday, Runcie offered no comment on the matter but his spokeswoman Tracy Clark confirmed the board officials were there to tour the facility and that the administration is in "exploratory mode" with options to either swap buildings or enter in a long-term lease with an option to own, and that board members will be presented the options at an upcoming workshop.

"I would be interested to hearing more information as long as we're going through it in a way that follows our procedures," said Leach.

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