Alhadeff, whose daughter Alyssa was killed in the massacre Feb. 14, 2018, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland, has been vocal in her criticism of Runcie’s leadership since she took office in November. Her, along with other family members affected by the shooting, want the controversial administrator held accountable.
In order to be successful, Alhadeff will need support from four other board members on the nine member panel -- consisting of all women. As it stands, Runcie has five vocal supporters, which means Alhadeff will need one to switch their vote.
Alhadeff listed five reasons why Runcie should be fired. The list includes Runcie asking the school board not to support a proposed taxing district that would have provided $55 million in security dollars in 2013, as well as Runcie mucking up a $800 million bond, passed by voters in 2014 to renovate decaying schools and address crowding in some western schools.
Alhadeff's five-item agenda can be seen here.
While many in the community blame Runcie's incompetence and lack of accountability as the reason he needs to be fire, others are playing the race card, believing that opponents of Runcie only want him fired because of the color of his skin.
Back in February, Adora Obi Nweze, the president of the NAACP Florida State Conference, said if Gov. Ron DeSantis removed Runcie as Superintendent, the organization believes "this would be an extreme overreach, highly political and racist."
Gov. Ron DeSantis decided against removing Runcie, claiming he didn't feel confident removing the superintendent from a legal standpoint.
Marsha Ellison, Broward County NAACP President, also viewed the situation through identity politics, showing her support of Runcie on February 25 at a local board town hall.
"We still have confidence in you. Mr. Runcie," Ellison said to a wild applause.
That video can be seen here.
Even public officials and politicians have brought race into the mix, with Sen. Perry Thurston and U.S. Representative Alcee Hastings inserting their ideologies in a matter that should only focus on the individual.
Hastings took it a step further, sending out a "call to action" to local black elected officials to support Runcie.
It's unfortunate that today's political climate completely ignores personal responsibility and inserts tribalism into every political decision that has huge ramifications. Superintendent Runcie's fate is no different, with many on the left choosing the view the color of one's skin over the content of one's character.
The vote will certainly attract a lot of attention, and all eyes will certainly be on the board's decision. Given the majority of board support Runcie, it is highly likely that he will not be fired. But, it's still possible that Runcie's tenure could end today. If it does, it's not because of race.
If Runcie is ousted, it's 100% because he failed the school district.