Homeowners Association to School Board Member Martin Karp: Choose a Side in School Proposal


Miami-Dade School Board Member Martin Karp

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Homeowners in Northeast Miami-Dade want their school board member to pick a side — and stick to it — when it comes to the proposed location for a new high school. But school board member Martin Karp is reluctant to dig.

At issue: A proposed branch campus to relieve overcrowding at Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High in the Aventura area. School district plans call for a new 500-seat school to be built at the Highland Oaks Middle Athletic Fields on the busy Ives Dairy Road.

Owners fear a new school could further aggravate local traffic – already notoriously clogged. There are also concerns that the schedule could impact student diversity and course offerings at Krop, a top high school where 40% of students are black, 36% are Hispanic and 22% are white.

People with these concerns want the annex built on Krop’s current campus, and the Sky Lake-Highland Lakes Area Homeowners Association recently sent Karp a letter asking him to take a stand on the issue. here on April 20.

“We are requesting a final, declarative statement from Dr. Karp as to his position on this proposed project, and we have not received it to date,” said Howard Weiner, who leads a recently formed homeowners association committee dealing with exclusively on the school question.

Karp recently posted on a neighborhood online discussion board that he was against the proposed location “at this stage of the process.”

“Maybe there’s an option that works for all communities and is academically sound,” Karp told the Miami Herald. “I’m waiting to see what the staff and the superintendent will come back to.”

That’s not good enough for the homeowners association.

“It’s not strong enough because he said ‘at this point in the process’…but it gives him the opportunity to change his mind,” Weiner said.

Karp pointed out that there are also families who support the location of the Highland Oaks campus — and he represents them as well. He also said it was “premature” to commit to a position until the district has completed its traffic studies and weighed the academic impacts of building the new school, which will be modeled after its own. superintendent’s high tech high school called iPrep.

School district spokeswoman Daisy Gonzalez-Diego said the facilities department is exploring “all possible options” with respect to the school site, and officials hope to have completed their analysis by the end of the day. half April.

Even if he had to pick a side, it’s unclear Karp would have much influence on the final decision. That’s up to school district administrators, Gonzalez-Diego says

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