Robert Runcie STAYS!!

first_imgAfter a year of severe criticism and blame following the tragic shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas school in Parkland, Florida, and over four hours of mostly favorable public support at the Broward School Board meeting on Tuesday, the Board voted 6-3 to retain Robert Runcie as Broward School Superintendent. He has held this office since 2011.Vote 6- 3 to stay in office Recently elected board member Lori Alhadeff, whose daughter was among the victim of the February 14, 2018 shooting in Parkland and who placed the decision to consider terminating Runcie on Tuesday’s board meeting voted to fire Runcie. Casting votes to dismiss were also board members Nora Rupert and Robin Bartleman.  Board Chairwoman Heather Brinkworth, Ann Murray, Laurie Rich Levinson, Patti Good, Rosalind Osgood and Donna Korn all voted to retain the Runcie’s services. High percentage of supportersA large crowd of mostly Runcie supporters gathered at the headquarters of the Broward School District on Tuesday. Several of those present gave passionate speeches urging either the retention or dismissal of the school superintendent. Over 90 percent of those who spoke were in favor of not dismissing him.Lauderdale lake Mayor Hazelle Rogers, who in the days before the meeting urged the Broward community to turn out t the meeting to give Runcie support, was one of those who was vocal in their support. She spoke of the positives Runcie did to improve the quality of Broward schools and education. Like other speakers she said he was not responsible for the Parkland tragedy, and has been doing a great job to improve security since the tragedy.Other speakers supporting Runcie included Broward Commissioner Dale Holness, Miramar Mayor Wayne Messam, and West Park Vice Mayor Brian Johnson.Bring about healing“This community suffered a great tragedy,” Holness said. “We all feel the pain. We continue to share the grief and suffering of everyone who lost someone in that tragedy. We ought to be bringing about healing. This will not bring about healing.”Despite claims that the support and non-support was based on racist lines, with the support overwhelmingly African and Caribbean American several white and Hispanic individuals stood up for Runcie.Throughout the public debate Runcie remained seated, stone-faced, not displaying either positive or negative emotions.His wife Diana, also spoke on her husband’s behalf telling the board members that she is witness to his daily effort to improve Broward schools, and pointing to him said, “You have a diamond in that seat”After the outcome of the vote was announced there was cheers in the halls of the district and the parking lot outside. Some people loudly suggested Alhadeff, Rupert and Bartleman to resign from the board “How can they continue to work with and support him, if they wanted to fire him,” said one resident.Extends olive branch But Runcie extended the olive branch to his critics after the vote saying, “It’s now time for healing and time “to fix the woes that have plagued the school district.” He said the tragedy could have happened anywhere, “it just happened to have been in Broward County…. Over the past year my time and effort have been consumed worth working on school safety and security.”With the effort to dismiss him having failed Runcie is expected to continue his tenure as Broward School Superintendent until November June 2023, in accordance with his contract which was renewed for the second time in November 2017.last_img read more

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Blake Bortles enjoying backup experience with Rams, hopes to start again

first_img How to get Calvin Johnson back in Lions family: ‘Put that money in my pocket’ QB chug: Players can’t stop shaming Aaron Rodgers’ beer-gulping skills “Seeing how he coaches, how all the other coaches coach and how the guys are receptive and take it, I’ve never seen anything like it,” Bortles told the Los Angeles Times.Another week down, another week closer to football. 👊#FridayFeeling pic.twitter.com/0coOTeCsIf— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) May 31, 2019Bortles enjoyed success at times in Jacksonville, leading the Jaguars to the AFC title game in 2018 and landing a lucrative extension that offseason that included $26.5 million in guaranteed money. Related News Ndamukong Suh doesn’t care about his bad reputation Blake Bortles became everyone’s favorite quarterback to hate with the Jaguars. Now as the unquestioned backup to Jared Goff with the Rams, he’s focused on using his time out of the spotlight to learn and have fun.Through OTAs, Bortles says learning from head coach Sean McCoy has been “awesome.” But he regressed last season and eventually was cut when Jacksonville signed Nick Foles in March. That led Bortles to L.A., where he signed a one-year, $1 million deal to sit behind Goff — a new experience for a 27-year-old who has been a starter every season of his career since being drafted third overall in 2014.“It’s a weird thing to kind of balance in your head. I have a role. I’m here to back Jared and do whatever I can to help him out. And if I get an opportunity, I’ve got to make sure we don’t miss a beat offensively and we continue to roll,” Bortles said while making it clear he hopes to run a team again one day.”And at the same time, I also expect to be a starter in this league again, and I know it’s not going to be here in L.A. So I’m trying to just better myself,” he said. “And if I get an opportunity to play, great. If not, then I spent a year learning from McVay, and being around a really good organization.” At the start of offseason workouts, Goff said he was “excited to have [Bortles] in the room with me,” and McVay has also welcomed Bortles after having Sean Mannion as the team’s primary backup in 2018.“You’ve seen a lot of really good things that he’s put on tape over the course of his career in Jacksonville,” McVay said. “And, if need be, we’re confident he’ll perform well for us as well.”The defending NFC champion Rams begin the regular season on the road against the Panthers.last_img read more

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Civil servant admits stealing €2,576 to feed gambling and alcohol addictions

first_imgA civil servant paid benefits to people and then ordered them to cash the cheques and pay the cash back to him.Peter Gallagher appeared in court charged with two sample charges after defrauding the Department of Social Protection out of €2,576.20. Letterkenny District Court heard evidence of two sample charges out of seven charges.Gallagher, 53, was employed for six years as a Community Welfare Officer at the Department of Social Protection during which he distributed various benefits to clients.On two occasions between 2010 and 2012, he issued cheques by wire transfer to two different people for €215.50 and €186.However, at later dates, he contacted the clients and told them they had been overpaid.He ordered them to cash the cheques and to give him back the cash, which they did.The court was told that Gallagher, from Ballyshannon, never gave this cash back to the Department of Social Protection.An investigation was carried out by Gardai and the Department and it was discovered that a total of €2,567.20 was unaccounted for.Solicitor for the accused, Mr Rory O’Brien, said his client was addicted to both gambling and drinking when he took the money.He said he was well-known in the Ballyshannon area from where he was from and was heavily involved in the community and was a former manager of the Ballyshannon senior GAA team.He added that his client was now planning on taking out a credit union loan to pay back the money he owed to the Department of Social Protection.Mr O’Brien added that his client was very remorseful for what had happened and has already suffered greatly in his local community who were aware of what had happened.Gallagher was dismissed from his post in 2015 following the investigation and is now unemployed.Judge Paul Kelly adjourned the case until November 5th for a probation and community service report.Civil servant admits stealing €2,576 to feed gambling and alcohol addictions was last modified: September 6th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BallyshannoncourtdonegalfraudGardaiPETER GALLAGHERtheftwelfarelast_img read more

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