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Superintendent Runcie Receives Superintendent of the Year, Star Award

Thursday, December 05, 2013
The Consortium of Florida Education Foundations (CFEF), today, recognized Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) Superintendent Robert W. Runcie with its “Star” Superintendent of the Year Award. The “Star” Superintendent Award for exemplary leadership was presented at the 68th Annual Joint Conference of Florida School Boards Association and Florida Association of District School Superintendents held in Tampa.
The award recognizes an outstanding school district superintendent who has made the greatest impact on their local education foundation. Presenting the “Star” award were CFEF President Mary Chance and Katie Scanlan, representing Bank of America, sponsor of this year’s award and longtime supporter of local education foundations.
The Broward Education Foundation (BEF) nominated Superintendent Runcie for the award in recognition of his leadership and support of the foundation. The nomination cites the superintendent’s role in helping the foundation increase it’s fundraising by over 24 percent in 2013. BEF awarded a record 194 scholarships to BCPS graduates this year. The nomination also cites Superintendent Runcie’s involvement with the foundation as an active member of the Board of Directors, and his overall leadership in promoting foundation activities and programs.

“We're proud to celebrate Superintendent Runcie’s leadership and support of the Broward Education Foundation,” said Jorene Jameson, BEF’s president & CEO. “He has provided invaluable support of our mission to distribute student scholarships, teacher grants and free school supplies to schools in need. He is a true champion of education.”

Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is the sixth largest public school system in the United States, the second largest in the state of Florida and the largest fully accredited K-12 and adult school district in the nation. BCPS has over 260,000 students and approximately 175,000 adult students in 229 schools and education centers and 95 charter schools. BCPS serves a diverse student population. Students are from 204 different countries and speak 130 different languages. For more information about BCPS, visit (browardschools.com), follow us on Twitter (@Browardschools) and like us on Facebook (facebook.com/browardschools).
Established in 1983, the non-profit Broward Education Foundation (BEF) seeks private contributions to supplement the public funding schools receive.  The Foundation raises support from the private sector and charitable foundations to provide post-secondary scholarships to college or trade-bound high school graduates who have exhausted all other sources of support, grants to support innovative curriculum in the classroom and free school supplies to teachers in Title I low-income schools through the Tools for Schools Broward center in Pompano Beach.
BEF was ranked as the 10th best education foundation in the nation for its effectiveness in generating and sustaining financial resources and distributing funds to students in the district, according to a 2012 study conducted by the Dewey & Associates consulting firm.  During the 2012-13 fiscal year, the Foundation contributed more than $2 million in scholarships, school supplies, teacher grants and other school support. For more information, call 754-321-2030, visit www.browardedfoundation.org, like our Facebook page at facebook.com/browardeducationfoundation or follow us on twitter @BEF1.