Parkland to consider its first charter school

Re-posting a story from the Sun-Sentinel.

By Lisa Huriash

Parkand, a city whose A-rated public schools lure families to move there, may be getting its first charter school.

Somerset Academy, which operates more than 60 schools in Florida, Texas, Nevada and Washington, D.C., is proposing a two-story school of nearly 98,000 square feet for grades kindergarten through eighth.

The school, possibly called Somerset Parkland Academy, would open at the northwest corner of University Drive and Hillsboro Boulevard. Plans call for a gymnasium with views of a lake and landscaping that is “lush in nature.”

It would be near the Parkland Golf & Country Club, MiraLago and Town Parc communities.

Peak enrollment is expected at 1,280.

A high school portion isn’t planned, at least for now. “Plans for expansion to provide a high school component would be fueled by parental demand,” said a Somerset spokeswoman in an email.

The current plan is scheduled to go before the city’s Planning & Zoning Board on Thursday night. If the board recommends approval, it will go before the City Commission for the final say. Construction is expected to start next year.