Join us at Water Safety Fun Day on Saturday, September 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Cypress Park Pool for pool fun, music, and an entertaining and educational experience as you participate in water safety activities, watch real-time scenarios and demonstrations, and learn about resources available to help make your home water-safe. The event is free, but food items will be available for purchase.

As the school year begins, the City of Parkland (City) says goodbye to two wellliked school principals—Jack Vesey and Thomas “Rick” Redshaw.  At its meeting on Wednesday, August 17th the City Commission honored both principals by presenting them with a key to the City and thanking them for all they have done for Parkland in their years of service.

Jack Vesey retired as the Principal of Westglades Middle School where he had served since 2009.  That assignment ended his 35 year teaching career.  “After 35 years of dedication, no one deserves retirement more,” said Mayor Michael Udine at the presentation Wednesday, “because no one has cared more for the welfare of our students.”

Thomas “Rick” Redshaw, currently in his 34th year of teaching, was the Principal of Park Trails Elementary School and has been called on by the Broward County School Board to be the Principal of Eagle Ridge Elementary School in Coral Springs.  “It is easy to understand why the School Board selected Rick,” Udine said, “but that doesn’t make it easy to say goodbye.”
Matthew Bianchi replaces Vesey as the Westglades Middle School Principal and Russell Schwartz takes over for Redshaw as Principal of Park Trails Elementary.

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The Coral Springs High School Cross Country team has a strong program this year. Around 60 boys and girls are practicing with the team and some are likely to do well in upcoming meets. Longtime Coach Brantley Barr is pleased with this year’s team. Top runners for the boys team include Khiro Hoilett, Michael Curro, Tyler Brunton and Isaac Louigene. The Coral Springs City Championship will take place on September 20 and the District meet will take place on October 18. Both meets will take place at Tradewinds Park.

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The Coral Springs High School football team is hoping for a successful season. Coach Vinny Zicardi believes in this year’s Colts team and believes they can do well. Top players include Nate Stubbs, who plays running back and defensive back; Damon Robertson, running back and Cameron Stage, who plays line. The Colts struggled in a preseason game against McArthur but learned a lot in the process. The Colts play their first game against Everglades on Friday night.

The City of Parkland has events throughout September, below is a sampling:
Monday, September 5th: City Hall, the Parkland Library, and the P-REC will be closed     City Parks will honor regularly-scheduled hours     Garbage collection and recycling will not be affected
Thursday, September 8th: Developing a Healthy Lifestyle – 6:30pm-7:15pm     At the Parkland Library in the Municipal Complex      Saturday, September 10th: Introduction to PowerPoint for Kids – 10:00am-11:00am     At Parkland City Hall
Saturday, September 10th: Book Discussion:  Did You Ever Have a Family 10:30am-11:30am at the Parkland Library
Saturday, September 10th: Back to School Splash Bash – 11:00am-2:00pm     At the Equestrian Center at Temple Park
Tuesday, September 13th: College Application Workshop – 6:00pm-7:00pm     At the Parkland Library in the Municipal Complex
Saturday, September 17th: Eats ‘N Beats – 5:30pm-9:30pm     At the Amphitheatre at Pine Trails Park
Thursday, September 22nd: Children’s Author Visit (Susan Rudder) – 3:30pm-4:15pm     At the Parkland Library in the Municipal Complex
Thursday, September 29th: Holiday Storytime with Rabbi Stollman – 4:15pm-5:00pm     At the Parkland Library in the Municipal Complex

Wall Street has again affirmed Coral Springs’ AAA General Obligation Bond credit rating. Both Fitch Ratings and Standard & Poor’s (S&P) have given the AAA rating with a stable outlook to the City’s General Obligation Bonds. The AAA rating is the highest bond rating an organization can earn. According to Fitch, “Coral Springs’ ‘AAA’ rating reflects Fitch’s view of the city’s exceptional financial capacity to address challenges associated with typical cyclical economic fluctuations and a low long ­term liability burden.”

S&P praised Coral Springs for having a strong economy, very strong management, and very strong debt and contingent liability position. S&P noted that “The rating also reflects our opinion that Coral Springs’ well-embedded management practices and policies will likely sustain at least strong budgetary performance, and maintain the city’s very strong reserves and liquidity.”   “Once again, we’re proud to have Wall Street agencies recognize the City’s commitment to long-range planning,” Mayor Skip Campbell said. “Both credit ratings are a reflection of the City’s strong management and it greatly benefits our residents in the long run.”

Much like an individual’s credit rating, a bond rating is a measure of an organization’s credit worthiness. AAA bond ratings represent the highest quality investment with the smallest degree of risk. As an AAA rated city, the City of Coral Springs has saved millions of dollars in interest. In addition, both agencies have assigned a rating of ‘AA+’ to the City’s 2016 Special Obligation Bonds. The City will be competitively offering these two bonds in an approximate amount of $28.5 million, on Tuesday, August 23 to finance a portion of the cost of the City’s new Municipal Complex, parking garage and related site and infrastructure improvements.   “The City of Coral Springs takes great pride when it comes to managing our taxpayers’ dollars,” City Manager Erdal Donmez said. “We don’t take this responsibility lightly, and it is encouraging to know that Wall Street recognizes our efforts.”

Summer break comes to an end for nearly 270,000 students preparing to head back to class on Monday, August 22, 2016, the first day of the 2016/17 school year for Broward County Public Schools (BCPS).

As teachers and school leaders prepare for the launch of the new school year, the District’s Transportation Department, which operates one of the largest school bus fleets in the country with 1,248 buses, is ready to provide service to 73,000 student passengers each day on 998 routes. All buses are equipped with GPS technology to track locations and report any emergencies.

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