Broward School Board votes to rehire teachers

Aug 5, 2009

More than 100 Broward educators who lost their jobs in June were officially rehired into different teaching positions Tuesday at a Broward School Board meeting.

Board members voted to lay off 394 teachers at the end of June but started offering jobs back to some of those teachers as soon as positions opened up. Many spots opened because some teachers decided to resign or retire and others failed to renew their certification.

Of the original 394 who were laid off, 193 teachers are still waiting to be offered a job back.

At Tuesday’s meeting, board members approved rehiring 119 teachers.

More could still be called back to work, said Lynn Strong, associate superintendent for human resources.

”Evey day we get additional vacancies because things change in people’s lives,” she said. ”They decide they’re not going to return or go on leave or retire.”

Board members also named several athletic facilities at Deerfield Beach High School. J.D. and Alice Butler Stadium, after the couple who have funded scholarships to graduates of the school. Sylvia Poitier Field, after the city’s vice mayor. Robert ”Bob” Parks Track, after the sitting School Board member whose district includes Deerfied Beach High. William F. Weigel Building after the school’s late, former athletic director. Robert ”Bob” Bailey Softball Field, after a former assistant principal and teacher who created the school’s softball program.

Parks sat out the vote to avoid a conflict of interest.

Miami Herald staff writer Patricia Mazzei contributed to this report.