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Broward School Board names seven semifinalists for superintendent position

Broward County, Florida – Following a rigorous selection process, seven distinguished candidates are now vying for the esteemed position of Broward’s forthcoming schools superintendent.

An impressive array of 31 applications was received by the School Board during two rounds of advertising for the coveted position. However, one candidate withdrew their application, leaving a pool of 30. Out of these, 17 met the eligibility criteria.

The selection strategy involved individual board members selecting up to five semifinalists each, with the collective aim of narrowing down the pool to five. However, in an unexpected twist, the vote held on Monday resulted in a three-way tie for the fifth position. As a consequence, the School Board determined to widen the pool of semifinalists to seven. The individuals who successfully secured a spot in the final round include:

  • Luis Solano, the Deputy Superintendent for the Detroit Public Schools Community District, who received the highest number of votes (nine)
  • Peter Licata, a Regional Superintendent for the Palm Beach County Schools, who garnered seven votes
  • Valerie Wanza, the current Chief of Staff for the Broward County Public Schools, with six votes
  • Jason Nault, the Associate Superintendent of Teaching and Learning, Equity and Accountability in Waukegan, Illinois, who secured five votes
  • Sito Narcisse, the Superintendent for the East Baton Rouge School District, who obtained four votes
  • Wanda Paul, the Chief Operating Officer for the Houston Independent School District, also with four votes
  • Rita Raichoudhuri, the former Superintendent for Kalamazoo Public Schools in Michigan, who received four votes.

These seven semifinalists will be requested to submit videos this week, showcasing their suitability for the role. The School Board is then anticipated to further narrow down the list to three finalists on May 30. The final decision regarding Broward’s next schools superintendent is eagerly awaited.


Raymond Simpson

Raymond Simpson is a California native, a longtime Coral Springs resident, and the Editor at TSFD. He lives with his family in Coral Springs, where you can find him on weekends running – literally running – with his two golden retrievers.

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