During the Tuesday, March 1, City Commission meeting, officials recognized Coral Springs High School for receiving an “A” school rating for the 2009-2010 school year. High schools are graded on graduation rates and the number of students taking advanced placement classes. Schools that received “A” or improved at least one letter grade from the previous year, receive state reward money of $75 per student. Results in South Florida followed a statewide trend of good grades for high schools. This year, 71 percent of the state's high schools received either an “A” or a “B.”
“Thank you for all your hard work. Having another ‘A’ school in our City helps with property values and helps educate our children,” Commissioner Larry Vignola said.
The City Commission also recognized the City’s Code Rangers. Last year, the City began to train volunteers on the basics of the City’s code enforcement process and ordinances. The program started with one volunteer and has now grown to eight active members with nine more scheduled for training. These volunteers, who are known as Code Rangers, help with field observations of code violations affecting aesthetics, such as dirty roofs, overgrown lawns, commercial vehicles or trash. They also monitor vacant foreclosed properties and report health safety issues. The program has proven to be very successful with a 91% compliance rate. This partnership will help maintain the attractive look of the City, accomplish our business initiative of aesthetics and enable the Code Officers to more efficiently serve our citizens. Anyone interested in volunteering can call 954-346-4430.
“This program is another way of getting volunteers to help with the City, which we do a lot of,” Commissioner Vince Boccard said. “We’re taking a very proactive stance in helping the aesthetics of our City and keeping and maintaining our property values.”
Lastly, officials proclaimed March 11-13, 2011 as “Our Town America 2011.” This festival has been held annually for the past 31 years for residents to join together to celebrate the success of the City and promote public awareness of the services, facilities and unique opportunities Coral Springs has to offer. For more information, visit www.CoralSprings.org/events.
Photos of these recognitions are available at www.CoralSprings.org/Commission/Recognitions.