Publisher’s Comment:

STOP SCHOOL OVERCROWDING

Jack McWalter’s three (3) part series, “Schools on Steroids”, is a must watch video experience. Using statistics provided by the School Board and other public bodies, a major community crisis has come to the forefront. SCHOOL OVERCROWDING in Boca Raton is ‘our’ problem, a city problem, and it is time that ‘we’ address it within City Hall. Both Mayor Haynie and Councilman Singer are on record as exploring this imminent challenge. Some conversations have been advanced with the School Board and the Greater Beach and Park District on ideas for solutions; to wit: ‘rob’ Boca Raton’s park land as the preferred solution. This solution, however, is missing an essential element; the residents’ voice!!!

BocaWatch is aware of numerous concerned residents, individually and collectively, that desire to participate in a public conversation on the cause and effect of school overcrowding. BocaWatch encourages, no, demands, that the City Council schedule a workshop on this critical issue; an expansive ‘resident friendly’ workshop exploring the relationship between ‘overdevelopment’ and ‘overcrowding’. There is no time to waste….Every statistic presented indicate that local elected officials, at many levels, have had their heads in the proverbial sand ignoring this crisis; a crisis resulting into this critical community challenge. The time to act is NOW!!!

Al Zucaro

Elected officials consider ‘robbing’ our parks to ‘solve school overcrowding; Outrageous!

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Born and raised in Chicago and a graduate of Loyola University. I went on to study at Chicago Kent Law, part of Illinois Institute of Technology, but stopped short to serve in the US Army for 3 years. Moved to Boca Raton with my family 35 years ago and began a 32 year career with IBM as Sales Executive and Business Director Manager with the Manufacturing Technology Center - now the Don Estridge School. Volunteering is in my blood, I especially enjoy working to raise money for children with special needs at the Jewish Community Center and look back fondly on the years spent coaching soccer and supporting Boca Jets football. My two children attended Addison Mizner, St Andrew's, Boca High, and are both graduates of University of Florida. If I sound like a fighter I am, beat cancer three times and I support all survivors who face that same challenge.

5 COMMENTS

  1. I cannot believe Boca now wants to use our parks for schools. Are we to have no green space left. Surely our children’s education is important but so are the rights and needs of citizens who have no children in school and never will have. Since the developers are the ones who have profited from over building, let them give up land and money for new schools.

  2. The assumption is that developers building on all available land have caused the overcrowding of our schools. I don’t think it’s that simple. Do we have unaccompanied illegal children here? Do we have children from surrounding cities fraudulently placing children in Boca Schools.? I think there should be an investigation of the makeup of the student body…..are they all American citizens and residents of Boca?
    I agree with Dorothy that the developers do play a part but are they totally to blame?.

    • I agree. In fact at the last City Council meeting I spoke from the podium and requested of Councilman Singer that he ask the School Board to audit the Boca Raton schools’ enrollment records to determine the amount of students not residing within the district but taking up seats in the district schools. My request went unresponded too….Al Zucaro

  3. Why not a response….taxpayers should know details of the school population. I’m very disappointed in the present Board. Sounds like a conspiracy is going on here and an audit is needed. Is Singer another not to be trusted council member

    I actually witnessed a disembarking from a school bus in Delray…..of suspiciously looking illegal school children (probably unaccompanied illegal children usually sponsored by refugee contractors (churches etc.)……I’m sure some have been placed in Boca. Read the following , interesting info.

    https://refugeeresettlementwatch.wordpress.com/2017/10/20/pay-attention-your-town-could-become-st-cloud-too/

    With our open borders this is not only probable but actual.

  4. The current boundaries for Boca high schools extend into Delray and Boynton beach. Delray only has one high school. High schools in he city of Boca have students coming from Boynton and Delray. Why haven’t those cities built schools for their communities? Why should the city of Boca build another school because of overcrowding? Our schools wouldn’t be overcrowded if the cities of Delray and Boynton would build their own schools.

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