Boca Raton School Overcrowding: ‘NOT OUR PROBLEM, Contact the School Board’…Really Mayor?

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Publisher’s comment:

Last week BocaWatch reported on the comments made by School Board Chairman Chuck Shaw attributing school overcrowding directly to local government’s propensity for approval of development projects without requiring developers to make accommodations for the actual infrastructure impacts, especially those within our overcrowded schools. His remarks were right on…honest and refreshing. For decades now, Boca Raton City Council members have subscribed to the notion of ‘build baby build’. Elected officials have consistently put the developer interest in front of the interests of the residents. No better example of this can be seen then the words that came directly out of the Mayors’ mouth and the deafening silence of a majority of the other elected officials; to wit:  Deputy Mayor Rodgers, Councilman Singer and Councilman Weinroth….Change is needed!!!

In a related article today, John Gore proposes a reasonable solution to reign in this attitude. More to the point however is the need to change the mindset of our elected officials to that of ‘resident friendly’. Truly the only ‘resident friendly’ voice on the City Council now is Councilwoman Andrea O’Rourke. Is it no wonder that she was the only voice on the Council speaking in opposition to the Mayor’s outrageous comment. (view the highlighted video).

Remember your vote is your voice; let your voice be heard loudly in March, 2018….Vote the ‘RESIDENT FRIENDLY’ vote for an immediate attitude change and a preservation of Boca Raton’s quality of life!!!

Al Zucaro, Publisher

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BOCA RATON SCHOOL OVERCROWDING…NOT OUR PROBLEM!!! Really Mayor?   by Jim Wood

The residents of Boca Raton are tired of out-of-control overdevelopment and want their local government representatives to be more responsive to remedies for the situation. The short six and a half minute video clip below provides a clear example of the tendencies of the five Boca Raton City Council members to be responsive to a resident’s concerns about school overcrowding.  This clip was taken from the November 14, 2017 Regular City Council Meeting.

In this video a resident has taken the time to research details and provide a clear case for overcrowding at Boca Raton High School. He presented his information to the City Council after waiting almost five hours in a meeting for the opportunity. The paraphrased response from City Council members ranged from “not our problem, call the school board” to “it is our responsibility and I will help you.” Mayor Haynie took the first position and Council Member O’Rourke took the latter.

After the Mayor articulated the “not our problem” position, Council Members Weinroth, Singer and Rodgers were silent. By not objecting to the Mayor’s position, they signaled agreement.

As the problems caused by overdevelopment continue to increase we need City Council members who are willing to roll up their sleeves and work with residents to understand and solve the problems and in the future prevent problems from occurring.

So back to the question of which of the City Council members’ behavior in the video clip represented resident friendliness? Which did not?

Vote accordingly.

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Jim Wood is a 25-year citizen of Boca Raton. Upon arriving in Boca from Arizona, Jim and his family had a house built in Broken Sound in the western section of the City. After the last of their three children left for college Jim and Trish downsized and relocated to east Boca, where they have lived for 18 years. His volunteering activities include serving eight years on an advisory board in the City. Jim is a computer engineer who advanced into executive positions with telecommunications companies Siemens and Lucent. He holds undergraduate degrees in mathematics and management, a master’s degree in computer engineering and an MBA. He is also a veteran who served four years on active duty with the United States Air Force. His interests include cycling (A1A), guitar (acoustic) and cooking (healthy comfort food). He is a member of the Boca Raton Bicycle Club and the FAU Alumni Association.

4 COMMENTS

  1. What the Mayor said to Mr. Scarpa was “It’s not my job”. No matter how you cut it, she said it’s not the job of the City Council to insure there are adequate schools for our children. Really!!!! Have you ever heard a more sorry excuse? You know what, Mayor, Councilmen Singer, Weinroth and Rodgers? It is your job to look out for all aspects of our city and community and schools are a big part of that. You can pick up the phone and call any number of people and demand an explanation as to why our schools are over crowded especially when they are so because of over development. You dropped the ball, the four of you took your collective eyes off the ball. Why? because you want to be carrier politicians caring more about getting money from the development crowd not looking out for the Citizens you want to reelect you. FOLLOW THE CAMPAIGN DOLLARS FOLKS. Elect people who show they care about you, your children are resident friendly.

  2. Agreed, Haynie needs to think before she speaks. There are a number of issues here and the school board is not blameless either.

    On the city’s part, it needs to do a much better job of construction and school concurrency. (The same can be said for the lag of infrastructure to support development.) On the school board’s part, it needs to do a better job defining SAC areas (school attendance areas) for the schools, and do it more frequently.

    According to the FISH report (Florida Inventory of School Houses), over the past 25 years student growth has outpaced facility growth by an average of 1.4% annually. That said, Palm Beach County is at approximately 80% of capacity.

    It is incumbent upon both the school district and municipalities to do a better job of working together to handle student population. Both the school district and city governments, especially Boca, march to the tune of their own drummer.

    The city politicians answer to the developers and the school district puts up numbers that garner more dollars from the state and federal purses. Bottom line, follow the money. Politicians and the school district alike do not do a very good job of answering the needs of those who they are supposed to be serving.

  3. This is an issue that should concern everyone, even if you don’t have school-aged children. The school board already tried to move the kids in our neighborhood from an A-rated school in Boca to a D-rated school Delray. We were able to prevent it for now, but if development continues out of control, they’ll have no choice. When that happens, our property values will plummet. This issue affects everyone. You should vote accordingly at election time.

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