Broward Schools superintendent touts bus route improvements
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (WSVN) -- As Broward public school students enjoy the last few days of summer break, Superintendent Robert Runcie is preparing for the new school year.
For the first three weeks of the 2012 school year, chaos arose for the 1,000 buses that transported 80,000 kids. "We've learned from those mistakes and remedied those issues, " Runcie said. "The problem here is ... we were short of drivers here last year. That was a huge problem for us, so we've been recruiting constantly and consistently throughout the school year."
For the new school year, parents have received earlier notice of which bus will transport which child. A new management team is also in place. "Finally, we've improved our routing and logistics," Runcie said. "We've invested in upgrading our software."
With this positive news also comes a negative downside. Broward County schools' overall grade from the state dropped for the first time since 2004, from a B to a C.
When asked if families should be alarmed, Runcie replied, "No, it's the same students we had last year. What I would say is, and we all recognize that, and even the state themselves have recognized that the state accountability and grading system is broken."
Superintendent Runcie will start work Monday, at 4 a.m.
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