Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 032485
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File Number: 032485 File Type: Resolution Status: Before the Board
Version: 0 Reference: Control: County Commission
File Name: TASK FORCE ON SCHOOL OVERCROWDING Introduced: 9/5/2003
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action:
Agenda Date: 10/21/2003 Agenda Item Number: 10A2
Notes: SEE 033538 FOR FINAL VERSION AS ADOPTED Title: RESOLUTION DIRECTING CREATION OF WORKING GROUP ON PUBLIC SCHOOLS OVERCROWDING RELIEF; PROVIDING FOR WORKING GROUP PURPOSE AND MEMBERSHIP; DIRECTING COUNTY MANAGER TO COORDINATE WITH SCHOOL BOARD OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY AND CERTAIN INTERESTED PARTIES FOR WORKING GROUP ESTABLISHMENT, APPOINTMENT OF MEMBERS, STAFFING AND IDENTIFICATION OF RESOURCES; DIRECTING COUNTY MANAGER AND REQUESTING THE SUPERINTENDENT OF THE SCHOOL BOARD TO PROVIDE APPROPRIATE STAFF; DIRECTING THE WORKING GROUP TO PROVIDE A REPORT [SEE ORIGINAL ITEM UNDER FILE NO. 032478]
Indexes: SCHOOLS
  TASK FORCE
Sponsors: Katy Sorenson, Prime Sponsor
  Sally A. Heyman, Co-Sponsor
Sunset Provision: No Effective Date: Expiration Date:
Registered Lobbyist: None Listed


Legislative History

Acting Body Date Agenda Item Action Sent To Due Date Returned Pass/Fail

Board of County Commissioners 10/21/2003 10A2 Amended
REPORT: (See Agenda Item 10A2 Amended; Legislative File No. 033538)

County Attorney 10/14/2003 Assigned Governmental Operations and Environment Committee 10/14/2003

Governmental Operations and Environment Committee 10/14/2003 3E Forwarded to BCC with a favorable recommendation P
REPORT: Commissioner Sosa stated that while the intent of the foregoing proposed resolution was valid, she felt Miami-Dade County should not be involved in school overcrowding issues; therefore, she could not support this resolution. Commissioner Sorenson, sponsor of the proposed resolution, spoke in support of the resolution to establish The Miami-Dade County Working Group on Public Schools Overcrowding Relief. She noted the resolution required the Working Group to prepare a report on its recommendations and findings by June 2004, and if the right people were brought together to discuss these issues there may be some kind of resolution to school overcrowding. Commissioner Sorenson stated that the County Commission was not a substitute for the School Board; however, it was necessary to participate with the School Board to resolve this issue. She noted there were members of the building industry at today's meeting who were supportive of this concept. Commissioner Sorenson asked that the GOE Committee forward the proposed resolution to the County Commission with a favorable recommendation. Commissioner Diaz asked that members of the building industry address the proposed resolution. Ms. Truly Burton, representing the Builders Association, appeared before the Committee in support of the proposed resolution, however, she noted the focus should be on the School Board and options the Association could suggest to address this issue. Ms. Burton indicated the Association would be willing to look at the overcrowding relief reduction measures being proposed. Commissioner Martinez spoke in support of the proposed resolution, but noted he would not be supportive of the resolution at the County Commission level, if the School Board did not provide appropriate staffing to the Working Group. He stated that he requested the County Administration to provide a report of the districts with the highest construction, and he had not received this information. Commissioner Sorenson noted she had been assured by School Board Superintendent Merrett Stierheim that staffing would be provided by the School Board. Commissioner Sorenson noted she anticipated that creation of the Working Group would facilitate discussions on how to resolve school overcrowding. Commissioner Souto noted he had sponsored a resolution in 1993 asking for quarterly meetings between the County Commission and the School Board, and only one meeting was held. There being no further discussion, the Committee by motion duly made, seconded and carried, forwarded the foregoing resolution to the County Commission with a favorable recommendation.

Governmental Operations and Environment Committee 9/16/2003 3L SUB. Deferred to next committee meeting
REPORT: Commissioner Seijas asked that efforts be made by staff to identify members of the Board of County Commissioners (BCC) and the Dade County School Board (DCSB) who represented districts with high rates of residential growth. She also asked that a joint meeting between the BCC and the DCSB be scheduled so that dialogue between the two bodies could occur soon enough for this resolution to be considered by the Government Operations and Environment Committee on October 14th and by the County Commission on October 21, 2003.

County Attorney 9/15/2003 Assigned Governmental Operations and Environment Committee

County Attorney 9/15/2003 Assigned Joni Coffey

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION DIRECTING CREATION OF WORKING GROUP ON PUBLIC SCHOOLS OVERCROWDING RELIEF; PROVIDING FOR WORKING GROUP PURPOSE AND MEMBERSHIP; DIRECTING COUNTY MANAGER TO COORDINATE WITH SCHOOL BOARD OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY AND CERTAIN INTERESTED PARTIES FOR WORKING GROUP ESTABLISHMENT, APPOINTMENT OF MEMBERS, STAFFING AND IDENTIFICATION OF RESOURCES; DIRECTING COUNTY MANAGER AND REQUESTING THE SUPERINTENDENT OF THE SCHOOL BOARD TO PROVIDE APPROPRIATE STAFF; DIRECTING THE WORKING GROUP TO PROVIDE A REPORT

BODY
WHEREAS, this Board has determined that the safe, convenient, orderly and adequate provision of public school facilities is integral to the health, safety, and general welfare of all of the residents of Miami-Dade County; and
WHEREAS, this Board has determined that it is essential to cooperate with the School Board of Miami-Dade County, the municipalities of the County, the parents and students of the public school system, the residential development industry, and other governmental and private entities and interests to provide a county-wide system of public school facilities in a timely manner and at appropriate locations, among other means by providing school capacity for projected new growth; and
WHEREAS, consistent with the desires of this Board, the Legislature of the State of Florida has provided in Sections 1013.33 and 1013.35, Florida Statutes, that school districts and local governments shall coordinate planning to ensure that the construction and opening of public educational facilities are coordinated in time and place with plans for residential development; and
WHEREAS, Section 163.3177(3)(a), Florida Statutes, requires coordination between local governments with land use regulatory authority and school boards to provide for adequate land proximate to residential development to meet projected needs for schools; and
WHEREAS, Section 163.3177(3)(h)(2.), Florida Statutes, requires local government comprehensive plans to include an intergovernmental coordination element stating principles and guidelines for coordinating adopted comprehensive plans with the plans of school boards, including joint processes for collaborative planning and decision-making on population projections and school siting; and
WHEREAS, Section 163.3177(3)(h)(4.), Florida Statutes, requires local governments adopting a public educational facilities element in their comprehensive plans to execute an interlocal agreement among the district school board, the county and certain municipalities requiring specific actions to coordinate sharing of information, joint planning for development and school siting, and joint planning for adequate infrastructure to support school sites; and
WHEREAS, this Board has adopted provisions in both the intergovernmental coordination element and the educational facilities element of the Miami-Dade County Comprehensive Development Master Plan (CDMP) satisfying the requirements of law and calling for cooperation and coordination with appropriate entities to provide for adequate public school facilities; and
WHEREAS, consistent with law and with the CDMP, this Board approved on February 20, 2003, an Interlocal Agreement for Public School Facility Planning in Miami-Dade County, among Miami-Dade County, the School Board of Miami-Dade County, and the municipalities of Miami-Dade County, which provides for specific methods and schedules for sharing of information, coordination of school siting with residential development, and provision of infrastructure to support new and expanded public schools; and
WHEREAS, the clear and express desire and intent of this Board, of the School Board of Miami-Dade County, of the municipalities of Miami-Dade County, and of the Legislature of the State of Florida, as well as the desire of other governmental and private entities and interest groups, is to take prompt, meaningful and effective measures to assure that public school capacity is available when and where residential growth occurs, with adequate infrastructure ready and available to accommodate new and expanded public school facilities; and
WHEREAS, this Board desires to establish a working group to design and recommend measures to reduce school overcrowding, including analysis of financial feasibility for school concurrency to assure that public school capacity is available whenever and wherever residential growth occurs,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA:
Section 1. The Miami-Dade County Working Group on Public Schools Overcrowding Relief (herein, “Working Group”) is hereby established.
Section 2. The Working Group is directed to develop, design and recommend a school overcrowding reduction plan, including measures deemed feasible to assure that public school capacity is available whenever and wherever residential growth occurs. In fulfilling its purpose, the Working Group is directed to identify and request such resources needed for the Working Group to fulfill its purpose, including but not limited to experts and consultants.
Section 3. The membership of the Working Group shall be as provided herein, and a quorum shall consist of a majority of the number of members appointed.
(1) two members of the Board of County Commissioners who represent districts with high rates of new residential development, to be appointed by the Chair;

(2) two members of the School Board of Miami-Dade County who represent districts with high rates of residential growth;

(3) two members of the Miami-Dade delegation to the Legislature of the State of Florida, one from the House of Representatives and one from the Florida Senate, as designated by the delegation;

(4) two members selected by the Miami-Dade League of Cities, one representing a city with more than 50, 000 residents and one representing a city with fewer than 50,000 residents;

(5) one member selected by the State Oversight Board for the School Board of Miami-Dade County;

(6) two members selected by the county-wide Parent and Teachers Association of the Miami-Dade County public school system;

(7) one member selected by the Builders Association of South Florida; and
(8) one member selected by the Latin Builders Association.
Section 4. The County Manager is directed to contact the parties listed above to coordinate appointment of members, establish the places and times of meetings, and establish initial Working Group procedures. The County Manager and the County Attorney are directed to provide appropriate staffing to the Working Group, and the County Manager is directed to request that the Superintendent of the Miami-Dade County School Board provide similar staffing and resources. The County Manager is directed and the Superintendent is requested to identify additional resources requested by the Working Group to fulfill its purpose.
Section 5. On or before June 30, 2004, the Working Group is directed to provide to this Board and to the School Board of Miami-Dade County a report containing its recommendations and findings.



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