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Finalizing The 2021 Budget And Reopening Schools: Broward County Leaders Meet This Week

Robert Runcie
Emily Michot / Miami Herald
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Broward County Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie is recommending students start going back to campus Oct. 5.

The Broward County School Board meets Tuesday starting at 10 a.m. Then, county commissioners meet to hear from the public and vote on a budget for next year starting at 5 p.m.

Leaders in Broward County will hold two important meetings this week: One meeting will finalize next year's budget for the county. The other will lay out the reopening of schools.

At 10 a.m. Tuesday the Broward County School Board will hold a special workshop about what reopening schools will look like.

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Right now, families will get a choice of whether to keep their children at home, or have them supervised on a school campus while they continue online classes. It's called "Enhanced eLearning with Open Campuses."

Superintendent Robert Runcie is recommending elementary and K-8 students return to campuses, Oct. 5. All other schools would return a week later on Oct. 12.

You can read more about Broward's considerations for Phase 2 of reopening below.

Then, at 5 p.m. Tuesday, the Broward County Commission will meet for its second - and final - public hearing to vote on the 2021 county budget.

The proposed budget for next year totals more than $5.4 billion. That's seven percent lower than this year's budget.

That's because the operating budgets for Port Everglades, Broward County Transit, and programs supported by the Tourist Development Tax have been reduced, due to the economic fallout from the coronavirus and its ongoing impacts.

To sign up to speak during public comment at the online budget hearing, head here.

Read more about Broward County Public Schools Phase 2 plans below: