Last Friday, nearly two-hundred Northeast high School students attended a rally to promote the Broward School Bond issue on the November ballot. Students were on hand to listen to some of Broward County’s biggest politicial names including former Attorney General Bob Butterworth, former U.S. Senator George LeMieux and Superintendent Robert Runcie. The Northeast kids enjoyed free popcorn while listening to music from the school band and dancing by the school cheerleaders. Event planners were wise to hold the rally on a Friday afternoon just hours before a big home football game.
The event was organized by the Citizens for Safe and Modern Schools committee. In addition to Butterworth and LeMieux, the group is chaired by local businessman Alan Levy. This event was in stark contrast to the “Conversation With The District” held at Northeast two weeks ago. While this rally featured free food and music, the “Conversation” event, planned by the Broward School District, was filled with suit-wearing administrators and local political shills.
At this rally, Superintendent Runcie promised students a new roof for their school. The Northeast High School roof was damaged by a hurricane in 2005.
After praising the work of Superintendent Runcie, Butterworth told students they deserved a safe school. Senator LeMieux said he supported the bond issue despite the failings of previous Broward School Board members. LeMieux said concrete steps have been taken to make sure the money is spent in a transparent and responsible manner.