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Summer classes begin at Broward County public schools with a record 45,000 students

Record number of students start summer school in Broward
Record number of students start summer school in Broward

WILTON MANORS, Fla. – Nearly 100 Broward County public schools kicked off the six-week summer program on Monday with a larger student enrollment than expected. The district usually welcomes about 8,000 to 10,000 students. This year, they will have about 45,000.

Robert Runcie, the superintendent of Broward County Public Schools, visited Hollywood Hills High School, Bair Middle School, and Wilton Manors Elementary School. He greeted students, teachers, and staff, and he talked to reporters during his visit to Wilton Manors.

Runcie said district data showed there was “a dip” in literacy in the early primary grades. He said summer school is also an opportunity to get these children back on track and to help them reintegrate and rekindle their relationships with their friends.

“We know that the struggles still continue, and to the extent that we can extend, not just academic learning, but enrichment opportunities, which we will have over the summer,” Runcie said. “That includes art, speech debate, music, chorus, athletic programs.”

Wilton Manors Elementary School student sits in class on Monday, the first day of summer school.

Classes will be held Monday through Thursday, for four hours each day. The district will also have morning childcare and afternoon camps and activities. Some may be fee-based.

Runcie’s last day on the job is Aug. 10th. He stepped down after he was accused of lying about his conversations with witnesses in the public corruption case of a former BCPS employee. Runcie is facing a perjury charge.

“We’ll continue to work with our legal team to make sure that we get a very just and clear outcome,” Runcie said about the case.

About the Author:

In January 2017, Hatzel Vela became the first local television journalist in the country to move to Cuba and cover the island from the inside. During his time living and working in Cuba, he covered some of the most significant stories in a post-Fidel Castro Cuba.