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Coral Springs Charter School Potential Relocation

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- Know the Facts -

City of Coral Springs Charter School

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FAQ

When the City of Coral Springs opened the doors to its Charter School, the goal was to meet the needs of our residents in providing the highest quality education. Twenty-years later, Coral Springs Charter School is the premier school of Broward County, known for its advancements in technology, academics, arts and sports.

Our City’s vision is to build on the Coral Springs Charter School’s success, making it not only the leading academic institution in the county or state – but the nation. The move to an area on the perimeter of Mullins Park, near the Public Safety Complex, will provide current students not only the most technologically advanced school, but one of the safest. Its proximity to Mullins Park, allows for greater access for school athletics and other activities. The new location will provide for a greater number of Coral Springs families to enroll their children in Coral Springs only “A” rated middle and high school.

Additionally, the move will allow the City to free up the current underutilized land for use in redeveloping the City’s Downtown area project, benefiting the City’s tax base.


We recognize there many questions about relocating the Coral Springs Charter School and assembled these common questions, statements and conversations to ensure residents fully understand the benefits of the move:

 

  • Why are you taking parts of Mullins Park (our green space)?
    • We are not. There are two areas of land we are investigating the feasibility of utilizing, neither are for recreational use and are on the perimeter of Mullins Park. One is adjacent to the Center for the Arts and the other is area of land between the Coral Springs Gym and Public Safety Building, which now used as overflow parking. Parking spaces lost will be replaced by culverting the canal west of the lot and replaced with surface parking.

  • This is going to increase traffic in the area.
    • We understand that traffic is a concern from previous relocation proposals. Therefore, we are in the process of conducting a comprehensive traffic study that would remove traffic from Ben Geiger Drive and reroute it to the south entrance of the park, off of Royal Palm Boulevard – alleviating traffic congestion in the surrounding neighborhood. There will be no school drop off and pick up from Ben Geiger Drive. Most importantly, buildings are being designed with traffic circulation that keeps waiting parents off of City roads. This traffic flow would not impede access to the hospital.

  • The City does not care about our parks!
    • With 49 parks in our City, we fully-understand how important parks are to our residents. The areas for development are on the perimeter of the park. We do not expect to remove or reduce the amount of field space.

  • Why does the Charter School have to move?
    • The school operates out of what was once an abandoned mall and does not meet the level of safety, nor does it meet the level of an educational facility we want for our students. The City has an opportunity to provide a greater number of residents with an opportunity to attend the City’s only “A” rated middle and high school. No additional student stations can be added at the current location. The current location can be redeveloped, benefitting the City’s tax base. The proceeds of this land sale will be utilized as funding for a portion of the new school buildings. There are 2,000 students on a waiting list for enrollment at the school, each year 700 children students are placed on a waiting list for entering 6th grade.

  • What about sports leagues?
    • We recognize how important Mullins Park is to our sport leagues who will continue to Mullins for sports. There are two areas of land we are investigating the feasibility of utilizing, neither are for recreational use and are on the perimeter of Mullins Park. One is adjacent to the Center for the Arts and the other is the Coral Springs Gym and Public Safety Building, which now used as overflow parking. Parking spaces lost will be replaced by culverting the canal west of the lot and replaced with surface parking.  This will increase the amount of parking for Mullins Park, which we understand has been a concern for sports leagues in the past.

  • Why not move the Charter School to the Corporate Park?
    • There are limited amounts of land for industrial use and we would not remove that from the Corporate Park. The Corporate Park is important for Economic Development, using land for a school would not be beneficial for our tax base.  In addition, the corporate park has heavy truck and commercial traffic that would be in conflict with pedestrian and vehicular traffic a school will generate. 

  • Will moving the Charter School raise my taxes?
    • No. Since the Charter School is a public school it receives the same per student funding that is available to all other public schools. Just as for other schools, this provides funding for school operations, including the facility.

  • Why are you taking money away from our Public Schools?
    • The Coral Springs Charter School is a public school, governed by the City of Coral Springs.

  • Why are you giving Charter Schools USA our land?
    • That is false. The land and the school building will be owned by the City, just as the current land school building are owned by the City.

  • Why do we even need a Charter School?
    • One of the strategic goals of our City is to meet the needs of our residents in providing the highest quality education. When the Charter School was opened 20 years ago its primary purpose was to address overcrowding. Now, it is currently the only “A” rated middle or high school in our City, with an extensive waiting list for admission.

  • Coral Springs Charter School is a for-profit school.
    • That is false, Coral Springs Charter School is a municipal charter school owned by the City of Coral Springs.

  • Why contract with Charter Schools USA?
    • The answer is in the results. They have provided Coral Springs Charter School students with a premier education – ensuring it was an “A” rated school for the last 16 years.

  • The Coral Springs Charter School only selects certain students and does not assist those with special needs.
    • This is false. The Coral Springs Charter School Special Education Department implements inclusion programming for Special Education students. You can visit their website for additional details, www.coralspringscharter.org.
  • Why doesn’t the school move to the vacant plot of land immediately north of it (where the old Publix used to be) or even to the blighted, outdated plaza on the NW corner of Sample and University? What will take the place of the charter school if it moves? Or will this just be another empty plaza/building?
    • The vacant plot of land immediately north of the school is owned by Publix, and the land on the NW corner of Sample, which is also owned by private business, will potentially be sold and used for the downtown area. The City does not intend to purchase any new land, rather use the areas of land adjacent to Mullins Park, which we already own. The current land on which the building sits will be sold for development of the downtown area.

  • When will the move happen?
    • We have contracted with an Architecture and Design firm; PGAL. They have not provided us with a proposed construction timeline to date.
  • I want to make sure the new school will still have its own performance space. It took years to get something as amazing an accessible in the school and to lose something as valuable as the arts and that space would be devastating.
    • The new proposed school would be built around the Center for the Performing Arts – and accessible to students enrolled in the program as well as residents during non-school hours. 

  • Where specifically would the money come from to build the new buildings if Charter Schools USA is not paying for them and they will be City-owned?
    • Since the Charter School is a public school it receives the same per student funding that is available to all other public schools. Just as for other schools, this provides funding for school operations, including the facility. The sale of the current location would also subsidize building the school. The City currently owns CSCS and would own the new school if built. 
  • What will happen to the programming at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts?
    • The building would incorporate the Center for the Performing Arts. The museum would stay unless we had an option in downtown. We do have interest from the developer redeveloping the financial plaza to incorporate it into their development, it is still early.

  • Since CSCS is moving to Mullins to utilize the fields and facilities, who will get priority for usage?
    • CSCS currently uses Mullins Park fields, as well as other schools throughout the school year. We recognize how important Mullins Park is to our sport leagues who will continue to Mullins for sports. There are two areas of land we are investigating the feasibility of utilizing, neither are for recreational use and are on the perimeter of Mullins Park. One is adjacent to the Center for the Arts and the other is the Coral Springs Gym and Public Safety Building, which now used as overflow parking. Parking spaces lost will be replaced by culverting the canal west of the lot and replaced with surface parking.  This will increase the amount of parking for Mullins Park, which we understand has been a concern for sports leagues in the past. 
  • Will Charter Schools USA be relocating their corporate headquarters to this location?
    • It is too early to know if Charter Schools USA will move their headquarters to the new proposed facility, but early indications are they would like to lease office space.
  • How much money does is the City of Coral Springs paying Charter Schools USA to operate the school now?
    • The City of Coral Springs contract for the current school year for Charter Schools USA is $784,232. That funding is provided by the State Education Funding (per student funding); not City tax dollars.
  • The Coral Springs Charter School has a policy of priority admissions for City employees. Can a priority admission be given to the residents of the neighborhoods surrounding the school?
    • Thank you for your question, admission preference is given to Coral Springs residents, military families, Charter School USA full-time employees and employees of the municipal charter.
      (pursuant to Florida Legislation, please see below)


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      A: Florida Legislation: 
        A charter school may give enrollment preference to the following student populations:
        1.  Students who are siblings of a student enrolled in the charter school. 
        2.  Students who are the children of a member of the governing board of the charter school. 
        3.  Students who are the children of an employee of the charter school. 
        4.  Students who are the children of:
             a.  An employee of the business partner of a charter school-in-the-workplace established under paragraph (15)(b) or a resident of the municipality in which such charter school is located; or 
             b.  A resident or employee of a municipality that operates.
       A charter school-in-a-municipality pursuant to paragraph (15)(c) or allows a charter school to use a school facility or portion of land provided by the municipality for the operation of the charter school. A resident or employee of a municipality that operates a charter school-in-a-municipality pursuant to paragraph or allows a charter school to use a school facility or portion of land provided by the municipality for the operation of the charter school.
  • If the school is owned and operated by the City if Coral Springs, why are there so many students at the school that do not live within the city limits? The school has a substantial wait list, with many Coral Springs residents on it, while children that do not live in our city attend CSCS. The school should be 100% Coral Springs residents unless there are open available spots.
    • CSCS property is owned by the City of Coral Springs and the Municipal Charter is governed by the City of Coral Springs. However the school is operated through a contract with Charter Schools USA. Priority for enrollment of students is given to Coral Springs residents, military families, City employees (pursuant to Florida State Legislation, see below); and children of full-time employees of Charter Schools USA. According to enrollment from last year, 82% of students were Coral Springs residents. The new middle and high school will allow for us to accommodate  approximately 1,400 more students. 

    (Please see FAQ above regarding Florida Legislation for Charter School admissions)

  • Why can’t we get the acres of land in between the Aquatics Center and Coral Glades HS rezoned and put the Charter School there? That land is vacant most of the year except for Our Town and the occasional car show. Also, there is a vacant piece of land on Sample Road next to the Ice Skating rink. I would assume, a traffic study would show that access to the school from Sample may not be that much of a traffic headache because it’s a 6 lane road. As for sports fields, you have a park next to Coral Glades that can be reconfigured to accommodate both schools.
    • There are three schools on Sportsplex Drive, which cause traffic in the area.  Coral Glades High School (with 2,440 enrolled students), Sawgrass Springs Middle School (with 1,158 students) and Westchester Elementary School (with 1,210 enrolled students) this number of students being dropped off - and picked up - causes extensive traffic delays, which presently affects the residents who use the City’s facilities: Tennis Center, Aquatics Complex, Gymnasium and Dr. Paul’s Dog Park. These facilities are used frequently by residents during daytime hours, Monday-Friday. The proposed Charter School location traffic plans and patterns will be engineered to keep stacking off the roadways, which would not be possible at the locations you proposed. We do appreciate your feedback on other potential locations. 

     

  • What will happen to the library?  Will Charter School students have a place to go and study after school like they do now by going to the library?
    • The Northwest Broward County Regional Library is not owned or operated by the City of Coral Springs and will remain at its current location. It is too early to answer your question about a library within the proposed location, as we do not have a site plan from our Architectural and Engineering firm for the design of the school.
  • Is there going to be bus service at the new location?
    •  CSCS currently provides bus service and we do not anticipate that changing with the proposed move to a new location

If you have a question we did not answer in this FAQ or would like to provide input,
please submit your question or comment below (by including your email, we will also respond to you directly). 

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