The idea of relocating Coral Springs Charter School to the parking lot of the Coral Springs Center for the Arts has been shelved, at least for now.
In a press release, the city stated that it had decided to postpone, to a yet-to-be-determined date, the Aug. 26 town hall meeting regarding the potential relocation of the school to Mullins Park. The decision comes amid opposition to the idea from people living in the area who are concerned about the impact the relocation will have on traffic, as well as on their quality of life.
In a departure from its earlier decision to move the school out of the downtown area, the city will consider upgrading the school at its present site near the Sample Road-University Drive intersection. Staff will also take a fresh look at all of the sites they considered before recommending Mullins Park as a permanent home for the school.
“Mullins Park is not necessarily out of the picture,” said Deputy City Manager Susan Grant. “We want to explore some other ideas, including upgrading the school at its current location or moving it to another spot on the site.”
The city will revisit the issue before the end of the year. “We will take another look at all the sites that were initially considered,” Grant said. “We will continue to work with Charter Schools USA to ensure the long-term growth and stability of the school.”
The Sportsplex doesn’t have a “ton of potential,” Grant said, replying to a question. “There are 4,800 students there now. We have traffic issues at the Sportsplex, the current school location, as well as Mullins Park. Traffic is going to be a concern; we will have to find a way to mitigate it.”
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