DeSantis-appointed Broward School Board member sworn in

Daniel P. Foganholi fills District 5 seat vacated by Rosalind Osgood

The Broward School Board swore in a new member on Tuesday, who was appointed to the board by Gov. Ron DeSantis.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Daniel P. Foganholi was sworn in Tuesday morning as the Broward County School Board member representing District 5.

Foganholi was appointed to the position by Gov. Ron DeSantis to fill the seat vacated by Rosalind Osgood, who is now a Florida state senator.

“I’m excited,” he said. “I’m excited and I want to prove it to you.”

If Foganholi wishes to keep his District 5 seat, he would have to run against at least five other candidates in November, who have already filed to run for the seat.

The winning candidate would serve on the School Board for a two-year term.

Foganholi is currently a Republican candidate for Florida’s House of Representatives, and told Local 10 News reporter Saira Anwer Tuesday that he is still deciding whether to run for the District 97 seat.

District 97 serves northwest Broward County, an area he doesn’t currently live in, however he says his family is deciding whether to make a move to that area.

“We’ll make a decision soon because I believe my main focus needs to be on District 5,” Foganholi said.

According to a press release from the governor’s office, Foganholi is from Coral Springs and is currently a design consultant for Arhaus, a furniture company.

“He currently works with the American Brazilian Coalition, is an active member of his church, Habitat for Humanity, and Feeding America,” the press release stated. “Foganholi earned certificates in marketing and business management from Florida Atlantic University.”

The press release made no mention of whether Foganholi has any experience in education, although that is not a requirement for serving on the School Board.

Foganholi took part in his first school board meeting and workshop Tuesday morning after he was sworn in.

“I told the governor my biggest wish is to be a bridge,” he said. “I think there’s a lot of gaps in between communication between the governor’s office, between the School Board, the community, and I wish to be that bridge.”

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Amanda Batchelor is the Digital Executive Producer for

Saira Anwer joined the Local 10 News team in July 2018. Saira is two-time Emmy-nominated reporter and comes to South Florida from Madison, Wisconsin, where she was working as a reporter and anchor.