Response to Sun Sentinel Editorial Regarding New Charter School in Tamarac

Children enjoying the Tamarac Skate Park which will be moved if a charter school is built

Children enjoying the Tamarac Skate Park which will be moved if a charter school will be built

The following is my response to the Sun Sentinel Editorial by Columnist Gary Stein titled A Little Youthful Flavor Never Hurt Anyone.

By: Sharon Aron Baron

Gary Stein you are so wrong in your editorial on Sunday, November 25, by accusing Tamarac residents of not wanting change with the proposed charter middle and high school.

It’s not just the Kings Point residents who are against the charter school, it’s other residents as well. You see, it’s not that we’re against change, heck, we welcome change in our community. As an activist who helped lead the efforts to recall a city commissioner, get our commission meetings streamed live, open our parks again on Mondays, change is a badge of honor for me.

But we want smart change.

Broward County Public Schools would not build a high school in Tamarac. Why? Because the numbers do not add up. We just don’t have the population to support a high school. However, our city manager, still wants a school so he’s looking for charter schools even though we have a one middle and two Broward County Public High Schools nearby that are under-enrolled and are currently accepting reassignments. And they haven’t shown us that we have the local students in our very own city that would support this school without depleting our other schools.

According to public records, the City of Tamarac issued only one certificate of occupancy for a new home in 2014.

Our City officials haven’t even embraced our very own schools by creating an Education Advisory Board liaison for them, setting up scholarships, or creating programs like our neighboring cities have.

In fact, this charter school wouldn’t even be a municipal run charter school like Coral Springs Charter School or Pembroke Pines Charter School. The City’s proposal is to lease out seven acres of our beautiful park space and have nothing more to do with it. This is park space used by our families here in the city and is home to our skate park, tennis courts and basketball courts, which will have to be closed and relocated once a charter school is built. I visited these last weekend and all were being utilized.

Our residents are all for progress but we want smart growth and the numbers don’t add up.

Sharon Aron Baron

About Sharon Aron Baron

Sharon Aron Baron Sharon Aron Baron is the Editor of Talk Media and writer for Tamarac Talk and Coral Springs Talk. Tamarac Talk was created in 2010 to provide News, Views and Entertainment for the residents of Tamarac and to give resident's a forum. We are not affiliated with the City of Tamarac. That's why this site can be occasionally opinionated and obviously open.

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  • Michael W. Russi

    Considering that we have a “Charter School” located in the Publix Plaza on Pine Island and 81st (laughable in it’s choice of location and proximity to J.P. Taravella High), I’d say Tamarac has it’s quota of available school options. As a regular to the tennis courts at Tamarac park, it’d be a huge inconvenience to have a school located so close, nevermind if the courts, skate park, and other such features had to be removed.

    There’s plenty of landspace on Hiatus over by that City Furniture. Go buy some acres and erect your stupid charter school over there, out of everyone’s business.

  • Yoflyboys

    Keep up with the good work on this issue Sharon. And Mr Russi is right on.

  • .flygrl

    How is it that Tamarac came to have this property? Was it originally given to the town by Kings Point Developer???? If so what were the stipulations regarding the ” use” of the land? I do not think a school (which is also a business) was one of its intended uses.

    • Barbara

      You are perfectly correct. this land, or a portion, was given by Lennar in order to get the height of future builings go from 3 to 4 storey. Originally this land was SUPPOSED to be for the private golf course of Kings Point.