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Broward County School Board Unanimously Approves Contract for Interim Superintendent Dr. Earlean C. Smiley

Broward County School Board Unanimously Approves Contract for
Interim Superintendent Dr. Earlean C. Smiley 

Dr. Earlean C. Smiley

Today, the School Board of Broward County, Florida approved the contract for Dr. Earlean C. Smiley to serve as Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) Interim Superintendent. The unanimous vote took place during the School Board meeting on Wednesday, February 15, 2023. 

Dr. Smiley has extensive experience in education, having dedicated 30 years of her career to the District. Her tenure with BCPS includes serving as Deputy Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction/Student Support from 2000 through 2010. She also served as a teacher, assistant principal and high school principal. Under her leadership, BCPS was recognized by the Council of the Great City Schools for student achievement for seven consecutive years, led the nation in National Board-Certified Teachers – with over 1,300 teachers – and was one of five public school systems selected as finalists for the 2008 and 2009 Broad Prize for Urban Education.                                                                                                                         

Dr. Smiley holds a Bachelor of Arts in drama, speech and English; a Master of Science in administration and supervision; and a Doctor of Education in curriculum and instruction.  

“The School Board looks forward to working with Dr. Smiley as we focus on the success of our students and schools,” School Board Chair Lori Alhadeff said. “We welcome Dr. Smiley and look forward to her providing leadership and continuity for our District until a permanent Superintendent is selected.” 

“Our core business is teaching and learning. Our success is measured by student achievement results,”
Dr. Smiley said. “Keeping the system healthy and functioning to achieve that end is my mission critical.”  

Per the approved contract, Dr. Smiley’s first day is Wednesday, February 15, 2023.  



“Educating all students to reach their highest potential.” 
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is the sixth largest school district in the nation and the second largest in the state of Florida. BCPS is Florida’s first fully accredited school system since 1962, serving more than 256,000 students and approximately 110,000 adult learners in 240 schools, centers and technical colleges, and 90 charter schools. BCPS supports a diverse student population representing 170 different countries and speaking 147 languages. To connect with BCPS, visit, follow us on Twitter @browardschools, on Facebook at, and download the free BCPS mobile app.