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Monoclonal sites close, Broward and Miami superintendent news, Miami Dolphins seek new leadership

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Why did all the monoclonal treatment sites in Florida abruptly shut down? There’s a new leader running Miami-Dade public schools and Broward is closer to finding its superintendent. Plus, the Miami Dolphins' search for a new coach.

On this Thursday, January 27, edition of Sundial:

Monoclonal sites close

Monoclonal treatments were supposed to help high-risk people with COVID. Then, they were shut down overnight by the federal government.

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They abruptly canceled people’s appointments via text, without initially giving a scientific or medical reason.

And of course, this story comes with its share of political baggage — pinning the Biden Administration and Governor Ron DeSantis against each other, once again.

Miami Herald reporter Doug Hanks joined Sundial to discuss monoclonal sites being shut down. Find his reporting on this story here.

Monoclonal sites close
The Regeneron Clinic treatment site in Pembroke Pines at CB Smith Park on Wednesday, August 18, 2021.

Broward and Miami superintendent news

Miami-Dade County Public Schools has a chosen new leader in José Dotres.

Dotres will succeed Alberto Carvalho as superintendent next week. The school board chose Dotres from a list of three finalists.

Critics have argued that the process to pick him was a rushed one — and could have used more public input.

WLRN's new education reporter, Kate Payne, sat down with Dotres in a one-on-one interview this week. We shared that full conversation during the show, and you can find Kate's reporting on the district's pick, here.

And there's another search for a superintendent in South Florida: Broward County — the sixth-largest school district in the country — has had an interim superintendent leading the district ever since Robert Runcie stepped down in August.

Unlike Miami-Dade, Broward pursued a national search.

The school board had narrowed its search down from 39 candidates — to four semifinalists. One of whom dropped out of the running Thursday morning.

We continued to speak to Kate during the program about the three potential leaders vying for the job. You can find more of her reporting on Broward County schools, here.

Broward and Miami superintendent news
Jose Dotres shakes the hand of Miami Dade School Board Vice Chair Steve Gallon after Dotres was chosen as the district's next superintendent.

Miami Dolphins seek new leadership

A couple of weeks ago the Miami Dolphins season came to an end. Another year without making it to playoffs.

Shortly after, owner Stephen Ross fired head coach Brian Flores.

“It was certainly a surprise. You know, any time you finish with a winning record, you win eight of your last nine games down the stretch after a one-in-seven start. That was albeit not what anybody expected,” said Miami Herald sports reporter, Daniel Oyefusi.

This time around, it looks like the team is looking for something different. The three names being floated around are Brian Daboll, with the Buffalo Bills, Mike McDaniel, with the San Francisco 49ers, and Kellen Moore, with the Dallas Cowboys.

“I think it's pretty notable to mention that all of those guys are offensive-minded coaches. We all know that Brian [Flores] was a defensive-minded coach, he had some troubles putting together an offensive staff kind of burning through offensive coordinators, offensive line coaches, various position coaches,” Oyefusi said.

Read more of his reporting on this story here.

Miami Dolphins seek new leadership

Leslie Ovalle Atkinson is the former lead producer behind Sundial. As a multimedia producer, she also worked on visual and digital storytelling.