On May 17, 2016, members of the Broward County School Board asked their staff to investigate the idea of hiring an inspector general.

Board member Laurie Rich Levinson, who brought forward the idea, said extra scrutiny was needed as the district starts construction work through its $800 million voter-approved bond. She also pointed to recent issues, including a $3.5 million budget shortfall in the district’s police department. Other board members agreed extra layers of oversight would be beneficial.

“We’re being proactive,” member Robin Bartleman said. “We’re going to make sure that the $800 million is spent effectively and that the business processes we’ve put in place are efficient and things going to get done on time and as promised.”

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