Miami-Dade County Commissioner Esteban Bovo, Jr., District 13, is urging Mayor Carlos Gimenez and his staff to work closely with Miami-Dade County Superintendent Carvalho’s office to identify Miami-Dade County Public School (MDCPS) facilities that may be utilized to mitigate service impacts to the affected areas. Specifically, as it relates to District 13, Commissioner Bovo has asked the Mayor’s Office to evaluate school district owned facilities that may be suited to serving the library needs of the unincorporated Palm Springs North community.
Palm Springs North Branch Library, which occupies a storefront at 17601 NW 78 Ave. in District 13, is one of the County libraries that have been identified by the Mayor’s office for possible closure due to budget cuts.
The Miami-Dade County School Board unanimously approved a proposal, sponsored by board member Carlos Curbelo, on Wednesday directing Superintendent Carvalho to conduct a study and to partner with the County to identify school libraries, media centers and other MDCPS properties that the community may use in areas affected by proposed County library closures.
“Libraries provide an essential service to the community, and we need to make sure that residents continue to have access to all the important resources libraries offer, including books and Internet access,” Commissioner Bovo said. “I commend the Mayor and the School Board for being willing to look at creative ways to meet the needs of the community while working within our budget.”