Broward County Schools

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When students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High walk into their new building next school year, the school district says they’ll enter a structure that’s setting the new standard for security in Broward County schools.

MSD Public Safety Commission
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Updated at 6:18 p.m. Wednesday August 14.

Students across Broward County went back to school Wednesday morning. But, according to the state commission making recommendations about changes to school security, many are trying to “check a box,” for the first day back. 

MSD Mind-Body Ambassadors
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Small group meetings for the Mind-Body Ambassadors always start with guided breathing. Students call it a "soft-belly" breath.

Ten students at a time sit in a circle in an upstairs teacher's lounge at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School - and they take slow, deep breaths from their diaphragms. 

"That just helps you clear your mind, and it really helps," said Arthy Suresh, who just finished her sophomore year. 

Broward County Public Schools

Michelle Kefford, the Flanagan High School principal who was recently named Florida’s 2019 principal of the year, will be the new principal at Stoneman Douglas High, replacing Ty Thompson (and co-principal Teresa Hall).

Kefford was formerly a science teacher at Stoneman Douglas.

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From a session on black women in the technology and media sectors to others on virtual reality, spatial computing and marketing, an annual festival in Miami this week aims to elevate people of color in the tech industry.

Attended by startup developers, government leaders and local high school students, BlackTech Week involves networking and discussions on how to create more opportunities for minority tech entrepreneurs.

Marjory Stoneman Douglas Parents
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

The race for an at-large seat in the Broward County School Board is still unsettled after Tuesday’s election.

Ryan Petty, whose daughter Alaina was killed in the Parkland school shooting in February, challenged imcumbent Donna Korn for seat 8, which is a countywide seat.