City commissioners decided recently to squirrel away $2 million in mandatory fees from three developers to add classroom space for the flood of new students expected to live in communities now under construction.
The funds will pay for four new classrooms in 2015 and another four in 2016.
The schools haven’t been chosen yet, but the money will pay for “modulars,” similar to permanent portables but with restrooms inside.
“We want to make sure there was enough classroom space for our children,” said Mayor Michael Udine. “As a city, we demanded there was going to be adequate classroom space, even if we had to pay for it.”
Broward School Board member Abby Freedman suggested bussing students from a new development in Parkland to under-enrolled schools in Deerfield Beach and Pompano Beach, but dropped that plan in November after parents were outraged. She said her intent was to “inform people there was an issue. I believe I accomplished that. People realized you’re buying homes in an area” that can’t accommodate more students.
Udine said developers have also donated land to eventually used for new schools.