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Rats! Tamarac Elementary school has them

Eight kindergarten classes at Tamarac Elementary school have been temporarily relocated to other rooms while officials figure out how to end a rat infestation.

School district spokeswoman Marsy Smith said the school has trimmed trees that are suspected of contributing to the vermin problem, and set out sticky traps as well as conventional mouse traps in the ceiling. A dozen rats have been caught so far, she said.

Smith said the school hopes to have the problem resolved by early January and the children returned to their original classrooms. The school is closed for the two-week winter vacation starting Monday, but the problem has been lingering since Dec. 8.

"The District is taking an aggressive approach," she said.

Lisa J. Huriash can be reached at or 954-572-2008.