CORAL SPRINGS, FL – For 21 years, the City of Coral Springs Charter School has been operated by Charter Schools USA and supported by the city government.
Through most of those years, the school has maintained an A-rating as it educated close to 1,700 middle and high school students, many of whom live in Coral Springs and have parents working for the city government or serving in the military.
And so, on May 6, Coral Springs City Commission saw no reason to change out the school’s management company when it approved a new two-year agreement with Charter Schools USA from July 1 to June 30, 2022. All funding for the school is through state dollars that are paid to the city government and then to the school through Charter Schools USA for managing day-to-day operations.
Under the agreement, in the first year, Charter Schools USA will earn a management fee of up to $606,300 and get up to $207,130 in incentives based on school grades and 10 other performance measures.
In the second year, Charter Schools USA’s management fee will either go up or down by 3 percent, and it will get up to $207,130 in incentives.
To get the full incentives, the school must maintain an A or B rating.
“This school has been a highly ranked school consistently,” said Coral Springs Mayor Scott Brook, who supported the new agreement. “There is no other school that creates the family atmosphere as this one due to its unique competitive advantage of being able to attend from 6th grade to high school graduation.”
Getting accepted into the school on Sample Road is largely based on a lottery, although the children of city government employees, military families, and others get prioritized.
As the school’s principal for the past 10 years, Gary Springer said the city government has long supported the school’s spending and educational priorities.
“The City has always made the best decisions for the school,” he said. “The City has always trusted us to run the school.”
The coming school year, Springer said, does not have any major budgetary changes. As for the coronavirus, the school plans to re-open in August, as of this moment, but that could change depending on how the outbreak is contained.
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