August Message from Mayor Skip Campbell
School Safety is our Priority
I hope everyone is having a great summer so far. It’s hard to believe school starts again in just a few weeks! Certainly with the Marjory Stoneman Douglas tragedy – and school shootings that have taken place throughout the country - safety is parents and educators number one concern. I want you to know for those of us who serve you from the City of Coral Springs, it is our number one priority.
The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act, which was signed into law in March, requires the School Board to provide for School Resource Officers or armed guardians at every school. The City of Coral Springs currently provides a School Resource Officer at every Broward County public school within our city-limits. Our police department has been proactively working with the Broward County School Board to increase the number of School Resource Officers assigned to our public high schools. Imagine and Renaissance Charter Schools - independently operated public schools funded by the state – are in discussions with the City to provide police officers on campus during the school year. We can all agree this new law and its provisions are a step in the right direction to better protect what is most important to all of us – our children.
Speaking of our schools, I want to congratulate all of our ‘A’ rated schools - Country Hills, Eagle Ridge, Imagine Schools at Broward and Marjory Stoneman Douglas all maintained their ‘A” ratings. I could not be more proud of the fact that the Coral Springs Charter School received an ‘A’ rating for the 15th consecutive year. I look forward to seeing more ‘A’ ratings in the City as our educators and parents work together to ensure the highest quality education for students.
The City is excited to announce that in addition to our annual 9/11 5K Remembrance Run on September 8th, this year we will welcome the 9 /11 Never Forget Mobile Exhibit. Launched in 2013 by the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, the exhibit, which is housed in a 1,000 square foot trailer, is a tribute and educational tool that travels across the country. The exhibit will be located in the parking area between the Public Safety Building and Coral Springs Gymnasium (located at 2601 Coral Springs Drive). Pre-scheduled students from Coral Springs schools will have an opportunity to visit the exhibit each morning, with public viewing on September 11th from 2-8 p.m. and on September 12th from 4-8 p.m. I encourage residents to stay informed about both events by visiting coralspring.org/events.
Interested in taking a one-night trip to Italy? If so, join us for the City’s annual International Dinner Dance - Bella Notte in Italia – That’s Amore - on Saturday, September 15 at 7 p.m. at the Coral Springs Marriott at Heron Bay. Guests are encouraged to wear multicultural dress to the event, which will include Italian cuisine, dancing and live entertainment for all to enjoy. Tickets are $60 and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information, call 954-344-1005.
If you would like to meet with me to discuss City issues, feel free to visit during my office hours. I hold office hours the second Tuesday of every month from 4 to 6 p.m. at City Hall in the City Commission Office. To make an appointment, please call 954-344-5911. I encourage you to follow the City of Coral Springs official Facebook and Twitter pages to remain up-to-date about news and events in our community.
Lynne Martzall Public Information Officer/Writer
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A 21-year public relations professional, Lynne served as the Public Relations manager for the Broward Sheriff’s Office – the nation’s third largest public safety agency until 2013, where she managed crisis communication, media outreach and the promotion of public safety initiatives . During her tenure she served as the editor for Signal 14 – quarterly full-color magazine for residents and employees.
In 2014, Lynne joined the Coral Springs Police Department serving as the social media coordinator.Read more >>>