School’s wait for auditorium: 11 years and counting

It has been more than 10 years since Coral Glades High School opened, but the school still does not have an auditorium.

The school opened in 2004 after the city provided the School Board land to build on. An auditorium was a part of the original plan, but due to overcrowding at the school at that time, the money was used to construct another building. The School Board did promise to construct an auditorium, but it remains a promise that has not been honored.

At a recent City Commission meeting, David Schulson, assistant state attorney and a Coral Springs resident, spoke about the need for the city to come up with a strategy to ensure that the School Board honors its promise. The community needs to come together as one on the issue, he said.

An auditorium for the school does not figure among the projects that the School Board will take up with the $800 million bond issue. “I reached out to School Board member Abby Freedman,” said Schulson. “She told me that the school board has about $2 billion-plus of work to do and that the Coral Glades auditorium addition was not a priority. There are over 1,500 high schools in Florida. This community has the dubious distinction of having the only high school without an auditorium.”

It is time for the City Commission to seriously consider having a serious discussion with the School Board on the issue, Schulson said. “It isn’t a priority for the school board. … This project, 10 to 12 years ago, was around $6 million. It is a little over $7 million now. Something needs to be done. It is not fair to the kids.”

Vice Mayor Larry Vignola said that he had had numerous conversations with School Board members and the Superintendent on the issue. He said he was willing to go with other city residents and bring up the issue at a school board meeting.

“I brought the issue up at the last City Commission retreat,” Vignola said. “The Commission was in support of pushing the School Board. The school has a cafetorium. It is not fair. We are all on board with you. The School Board is aware of the issue; we will just have to keep pushing.”

Following the discussion on the issue, the City Commission decided to pass a resolution asking the School Board to build an auditorium at the school. Schulson said the city needed to do more.

“This blemish on our city, it has gone on for 11 years,” he said. “We need to come up with a strategy and a game plan to keep the heat on the School Board.”

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