Timeline: Rudy Crew


April 26, 2004:
Rudy Crew is chosen to run the Miami-Dade district in an 8-1 vote by the School Board.

New Miami-Dade School Superintendent Rudy Crew signs his contract with Dr. Michael M. Krop, the board chair. RAUL RUBIERA/MIAMI HERALD STAFF May 17, 2004:
Crew accepts the job and becomes the highest paid superintendent in Miami-Dade County history. In a combination of salary ($295,000 the first year), bonuses and perks, his compensation is nearly $480,000.

July 1, 2004:
The new Miami-Dade superintendent announces he will personally take control of 39 low-performing public schools, creating school improvement zones.

Oct. 21, 2004:
The School Board approves 8-1 Crew's request to eliminate 205 jobs, as well as 502 open positions, as part of a sweeping streamlining effort.

March 16, 2005:
Crew expands summer school programs targeting low-income neighborhoods and students with low scores on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test.

June 15, 2005:
In an effort to move forward with a massive reorganization, Crew's proposal to promote six principals into more senior jobs is approved by the School Board.

July 7, 2005:
School Board members are inundated with phone messages from individuals opposing the performance bonus for Crew, which could be up to $50,000.

July 15, 2005:
Mercedes Toural, a former curriculum chief who was forced out by Crew, files a complaint alleging she was humiliated and discriminated against by the superintendent.

July 13, 2005:
Crew is awarded a $45,000 performance bonus.

April 19, 2006:
The School Board members approve the extension of Crew's contract, pushing its expiration from July 2008 to 2010.

State Rep. Ralph Arza announces that he will not seek re-election outside Hialeah City Hall after coming under fire for allegedly making threatening phone calls and using racial slurs. NURI VALLBONA/MIAMI HERALD STAFF April 27, 2006:
State Rep. Ralph Arza, a top education leader in the Legislature, is accused of using racial slurs to describe Crew.

May 4, 2006:
Arza stops proceedings on the floor of the Florida House of Representatives to apologize about his ''racially insensitive'' comments directed at Crew.

Sept. 14, 2006:
A deal is reached between Crew and state Education Commissioner John Winn over how to run Miami-Dade's lowest-performing schools. The plan will allow the transfers of fewer than 15 teachers to other vacant teaching jobs and assign mentors to principals at Jackson, Central and Edison senior highs.

School board member Marta Perez. PETER ANDREW BOSCH/MIAMI HERALD STAFF Jan. 3, 2007:
Miami-Dade School Board member Marta Perez files a lawsuit against Crew, accusing him of unlawfully ignoring public records requests and misusing his power when he refused to include four items that Perez proposed on a School Board's meeting agenda.

Feb. 12, 2007:
Toural files a suit against Crew alleging that he maliciously blocked her bid for a new job with the Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dade/Monroe.

April 27, 2007:
A Miami-Dade judge rejects a lawsuit filed by Perez, ruling that Crew has the authority to decide what proposals can go on the School Board's monthly meeting agenda, however, he's ordered to turn over public records.

Aug. 1, 2007:
Three weeks after denying Crew a $41,000 bonus, the School Board votes 5-4 in favor of the bonus.

Oct. 26, 2007:
The School Board ethics committee votes to take a closer look at Crew's ability to sign multimillion-dollar contracts with a software company where his son works.

Dec. 17, 2007:
Crew unveils a plan that proposes cutting millions from the budget over the next four years. The plan is met with mixed reviews from School Board members.

Dec. 20, 2007:
The Florida Association of District School Superintendents names Crew the 2008 Superintendent of the Year.

Feb. 15, 2008:
Crew is named National Superintendent of the Year by the American Association of School Administrators.

Teachers protest proposed budget cuts at school board headquarters. HECTOR GABINO/EL NUEVO HERALD STAFFMarch 12, 2008:
In an effort to balance their end-of-year budget following state budget cuts, the School Board votes to lay off more than 200 employees, reduce overtime and use $10 million in contingency reserves.

April 10, 2008:
To help balance the 2008-09 budget, Crew proposes consolidating the district's regional offices from six to four and eliminating administrative jobs.

Renier Diaz de la Portilla holds signed petitions he collected to fire Crew. KARINA GONZALEZ/EL NUEVO HERALD STAFF June 19, 2008:
Miami-Dade School Board member Renier Diaz de la Portilla begins a push for firing Crew.

July 25, 2008:
Diaz de la Portilla announces he will present the board's attorney with a document challenging whether Crew has lived up to the terms of his contract.

July 29, 2008:
Crew accuses Diaz de la Portilla of having a political agenda behind his accusations.

July 30, 2008:
A School Board meeting erupts in chaos, and board member Solomon Stinson storms out after Diaz de la Portilla brings up the possible firing of Crew.

School Board Chairman Agustin J. Barrera, center, puts his hand up as the Board votes to keep Dr. Rudy Crew as its superintendent in a 5-4 vote. CARL JUSTE/MIAMI HERALD STAFF Aug. 4, 2008:
Crew keeps his job after a 5-4 vote by the School Board. In a unanimous vote, the board also decides to hire outside counsel to help sort through any future issues relating to Crew's contract.

Aug. 5, 2008:
Crew says that he might leave his position.

Aug. 9, 2008:
In a welcome-back address to school administrators, Crew vows to lead the district for as long as he can.

Crew and de la Portilla during a recent school board meeting. CARL JUSTE/MIAMI HERALD STAFF Aug. 26, 2008:
Crew's future as the superintendent of nation's fourth-largest district is threatened after one of his top supporters and board member Evelyn Greer loses her seat to a retired principal in the election.

Aug. 28, 2008:
Crew yells ''Do not talk to me like a dog!'' at board member Perez minutes after they learn the district will have to again dip into its rainy-day fund for $22 million. Earlier in the year, they had dipped into the fund to help reconcile a $66.5 million budget overrun.

Sept. 4, 2008:
The School Board hires attorney Murray A. Greenberg to examine Crew's contract.

Sept. 10, 2008:
The School Board agrees to pay Crew a severance package worth $368,000.

- Compiled by Monika Leal

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