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

By Sharon Aron Baron

The School Board of Broward County unanimously approved a contract for Dr. Earlean C. Smiley to serve as Broward County Public Schools’ (BCPS) Interim Superintendent.

“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.”

The vote took place during the School Board meeting on February 15, 2023.

Dr. Smiley has an extensive career in education, having spent 30 years with the District. She served as Deputy Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction/Student Support from 2000 through 2010 and was 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,” said School Board Chair Lori Alhadeff. “We welcome Dr. Smiley and look forward to her providing leadership and continuity for our District until a permanent Superintendent is selected.”

Dr. Smiley’s first day was February 15, 2023, per the approved contract.

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