Ron DeSantis suspends faculty board members for ‘incompetence, neglect of responsibility,’ after Parkland capturing probe


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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis suspended 4 members of the Broward County College Board after studying a report issued by a grand jury empaneled following the Parkland faculty capturing. 

Pointing to the board members’ “incompetence, neglect of responsibility, and misuse of authority,” DeSantis signed an government order suspending Patricia Good, Donna Korn, Ann Murray and Laurie Wealthy Levinson and naming their replacements. 

“It’s my responsibility to droop folks from workplace when there may be clear proof of incompetence, neglect of responsibility, misfeasance or malfeasance,” DeSantis mentioned. “The findings of the Statewide Grand Jury affirm the work of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas College Security Fee. We’re grateful to the members of the jury who’ve devoted numerous hours to this mission and we hope this suspension brings the Parkland group one other step in direction of justice. This motion is in the perfect curiosity of the residents and college students of Broward County and all residents of Florida.”

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis suspended four school board members for incompetence, neglect of duty and misuse of authority.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis suspended 4 faculty board members for incompetence, neglect of responsibility and misuse of authority.
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The Twentieth Statewide Grand Jury has issued a number of stories, however its remaining report, which ran to greater than 130 pages, spent a considerable period of time pointing to particular issues of fraud and misuse of hundreds of thousands of {dollars} of state funds. 

“Our dialogue across the subjects on this Report are going to get very particular,” the grand jury members wrote. “We’re going to title names, we’re going to level to particular acts on particular dates. … We do all of this in an effort to supply the taxpayers in these faculty districts with a transparent image of what’s taking place of their faculties, who’s inflicting it, and why.” 

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis addresses crowd at Florida GOP primary night event in Hialeah, Fla. (Ronn Blitzer, Fox News)

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis addresses crowd at Florida GOP major night time occasion in Hialeah, Fla. (Ronn Blitzer, Fox Information)
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Grand jury members discovered some faculty board members, however not all, “dedicated malfeasance, misfeasance, neglect of responsibility, and incompetence in mismanaging the SMART Program, a multimillion-dollar bond” for bettering faculty security and offering for renovations. 


Years after the lethal capturing, grand jury members discovered that faculties haven’t put in safety techniques that, had they been in place, might have saved lives at Marjory Stoneman Douglas Excessive College. 

The school board neglected to install a security system that grand jury members say could have saved lives during a mass shooting four years ago. 

The college board uncared for to put in a safety system that grand jury members say might have saved lives throughout a mass capturing 4 years in the past. 
(Amy Beth Bennett/South Florida Solar Sentinel by way of AP, Pool)

“Even 4 years after the occasions of February 14, 2018, the ultimate report of the Grand Jury discovered {that a} safety-related alarm that might have probably saved lives at Marjory Stoneman Douglas Excessive College ‘was and is such a low precedence that it stays uninstalled at a number of faculties,’” DeSantis’ workplace wrote.

Apart from faculties being “unsafe” environments, the grand jury members additionally slammed the board members for permitting training to proceed in “growing older, decrepit, moldy buildings that had been presupposed to have been renovated years in the past.” 


DeSantis’ workplace pointed to pick out, key items of the grand jury’s report back to say, “These are inexcusable actions by faculty board members who’ve proven a sample of emboldening unacceptable conduct, together with fraud and mismanagement, throughout the district.”  

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