Sunrise, Florida—August 27, 2019—The City of Sunrise Commission voted unanimously this month to donate two golf carts to Piper High School to aid in school security and improve the faculty’s emergency response abilities.
Mrs. Marie Hautigan, Piper High School’s new principal, visited the City leadership at the June 25, 2019 Commission meeting to share her plans for the academic year and discuss her concerns over administrators’ limited ability to navigate Piper’s sprawling 37-acre campus – which serves 2,400 students.
At the time, the school’s lone golf cart was missing the front end and duct-taped together to prolong its life.
On August 13, 2019, the City designated two surplus golf carts from The Bridges at Springtree Golf Club to be donated to Piper High School. To ensure success, Guidant Management Company—the City’s golf course contractors—generously provided mechanical service and new tires for the carts prior to being donated.
“I don’t believe there’s a principal that’s more supported by a municipality in this County,” said Principal Hautigan. “Every time we bring up the school’s needs, we’re supported, you listen to us, and the golf carts are just part of the evidence of what you do to support education in Sunrise. The citizens should be very proud of that! Because of you, this year security will be optimized. The children will be safer, the staff will be safer, and we’ll be able to cover the campus.”
Principal Hautigan, joined by the school’s security specialist Stephen Cromwell, presented the City Commission with a student-made banner reading “Safer because of the City of Sunrise.”
The Sunrise City Commission—Mayor Michael J. Ryan, Deputy Mayor Mark A. Douglas, Assistant Deputy Mayor Joseph A. Scuotto, Commissioner Neil C. Kerch, and Commissioner Lawrence A. Sofield—continues to prioritize schools and school security. The City of Sunrise and the Sunrise Police Department administer one of the first and most comprehensive School Resource Officer programs in Broward.