Audio of School Board Member Abby Freedman asking for a news school to be built in Parkland
By: Sharon Aron Baron
On Wednesday night, parents had the chance to ask their school board members questions in their “Conversation with the District” event at Coral Springs High School. On many parent’s minds were the recent proposals involving boundary changes affecting Parkland schools which threatened to divide one community, and as well as send many on busses far away from their homes.
Superintendent Robert Runcie along with with School Board Members Robin Bartleman, At-Large, and District Four Member Abby Freedman, led the discussions in a talk show-type setting with audience members who submitted questions.
Residents from the Coral Springs community of Heron Bay as well as those who have purchased or contracted homes in the newly developed “wedge” area of Parkland were concerned that their community may be broken up or bussed to other schools to meet class size requirements based on boundary proposals by school board member Abby Freedman. See Boundary Proposals
Heron Bay parents wore orange tee-shirts with “Heron Bay equals Heron Heights” protested against the preliminary proposals that Freedman submitted that could potentially break up the Heron Bay community.
“I think it’s important that we currently do not displace currently enrolled children in Heron Heights,” one parent said.
Freedman submitted six proposals for boundary changes to meet class size requirements to accommodate all the new homes that are being built in the new communities in Parkland. One resident told the school board members that many families haven’t had a voice yet to complain about the proposals because many of them haven’t moved in yet.
The new proposals by Freedman have unbuilt homes that are currently in the boundaries for Heron Heights to attend schools like Deerfield Beach or Park Springs Elementary School. Those in middle would attend Deerfield Beach or Forest Glen Middle School and those that are slated to go to Stoneman Douglas would be assigned to either Coral Springs High School or Blanche Ely High School.
Freedman’s answer to the overcrowding of schools in Parkland? Build another school.
“It is my hope that your passion will be brought the superintendent so that he sees how critical it is that a school be built,” said Freedman.
With over 25,000 empty seats in Broward County schools, it is very unlikely that a new public school will be built, said one official who did not want to be named.
But what about a charter school? If a public school won’t be built, is Parkland a prime location for a potential Charter school?
Perhaps if enough parents are angry enough about boundary changes, they will get their school, any school, built faster in their area. With a child already in private school, Freedman may not be so loyal to the public school system, and a charter school may solve the problem for the school board without breaking up any Coral Springs or Parkland neighborhoods.
The boundary proposals are still preliminary at this time. Want to join the Save Heron Bay Facebook page? Save Heron Bay