investigators.The evidence we have been presented concerning the malfeasance, misfeasance andnonfeasance of the Broward County School Board (Board) and of the senior management of theBroward County School District, (District) and of the gross mismanagement and apparent ineptitudeof so many individuals at so many levels is so overwhelming that we cannot imagine any level of incompetence that would explain what we have seen. Therefore we are reluctantly compelled toconclude that at least some of this behavior can best be explained by corruption of our officials bycontractors, vendors and their lobbyists. Moreover, many of the problems we identified in our inquiryare longstanding and have been pointed out by at least two previous Grand Juries. But for theConstitutional mandate that requires an elected School Board for each District, our first and foremostrecommendation would have been to abolish the Broward County School Board altogether.We have learned that the Board and District has taken steps to institute some of the changes
we will propose here today, perhaps in anticipation of the Grand Jury’s findings or in response to
other events, including ongoing investigations and arrests. While it may seem redundant or unnecessary to some to propose changes already made, we are mindful that nothing is set in concrete.Bad habits and corrupt practices often return when the light of inquiry is turned off.
II. Summary of Findings
Our inquiry of the District focused on the non-instructional aspects of the D
particularly the construction of schools. We have heard from some mid level managers that
discipline or fire lazy incompetent workers, thwarted by a timid personnel department and sometimes by protective Board members who must vote on every dismissal, yet we are aware of top levelmanagers who openly talk of targeting whistle blowers, boat-rockers and other malcontents whose