Jim Notter withdraws from consideration for second stint as Broward schools interim superintendent

Jim Notter withdraws from consideration for second stint as Broward schools interim superintendent
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Jim Notter, the former Broward schools superintendent, has submitted a letter to the Broward School Board withdrawing his name from consideration as interim superintendent.

Notter, 74, served as Broward schools interim superintendent in 2006, and was superintendent from 2007 to 2011.

In his letter, Notter said he resigned to spend more time with his family.

“I’m rescinding my application for Interim Superintendent effective immediately,” the letter said, in part. “I sincerely apologize for the timing of this action, however my family and my role as a father/grandfather must take precedent at this time.”

Notter said in a text to the Sun Sentinel any questions about his withdrawal had been answered in his letter to the board.

Notter’s withdrawal leaves two candidates in the running for the interim superintendent job:

— Vickie Cartwright, who served three years as superintendent in Oshkosh, Wisc.

— Robert Schiller, who has led six school districts as superintendent or interim superintendent.

The last day for Superintendent Robert Runcie is Aug. 10. Runcie agreed to resign after being indicted for perjury.

The School Board opened the interim application process a first time only to those currently working for the district, but no one met the hiring criteria. Notter applied after the application process was opened to external candidates.

Notter told the Sun Sentinel last month he “struggled” with the decision to apply for the interim job, finally applying 30 minutes before the deadline.

“It was clear after they had a first advertising and had to go a second time, that because of my passion for public education and my life in Broward, I had to apply,” he said.

Whoever is selected as interim superintendent won’t be allowed to apply for the permanent superintendent job.

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