FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – At Fort Lauderdale High School, dozens of teachers in bright tie-dye T-Shirts were preparing on Monday to welcome back more than 2,000 students to their classroom desks on Tuesday.
Erin Brown, who has been the school’s principal for about four years, has nearly two decades of experience in education. She said there is always plenty to do to prepare for the first day of school.
“It’s busy! That’s for sure,” said Brown, whose career began as a teacher and coach at Flanagan High School.
Teachers received training on the new emergency code protocols. Broward County Public Schools, the sixth-largest school district in the nation, replaced the color code for action words “HOLD,” “SECURE,” “LOCKDOWN,” “EVACUATE” and “SHELTER.”
“We use all of the time that you know, we are given to make sure everything is perfect and 100% ready to go for tomorrow,” Brown said.
In the hallways, teachers used carts to deliver new textbooks to their classrooms.
“There is a lot of excitement in the air,” Brown said.
The school, which has a college preparatory program for students interested in law and criminal justice, serves students from areas of Wilton Manors, Lazy Lake, Oakland Park, and Lauderdale-by-the-Sea.
District records show the school has had “A” grades every year since 2012, except for 2016 when the school received a “B” grade.
“Every bus route has a certified bus driver in front of it this year. We have struggled with that for years and this is just phenomenal news,” Cartwright said adding, “We are almost completely hired out for our campus security monitors.”
To deal with an ongoing shortage of teachers, BCPS administrators are asking parents to support a referendum that will be on the Aug. 23 ballot raising property taxes to generate $214 million. This would fund teacher compensation, school resource officers, and mental health professionals.
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