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Ocram (Inactive) writes:

There are plenty of drawings of wonderful buildings all over the country sitting in architects files that have never been brought to fruition.

All because the proponents have a rendition of a school they still have to come up with the funds to get it started and enough funding to keep it going.

What government agency in its right mind will fund such an idea with public tax monies or any other agency for that matter without fully checking out the conditions of need and community support, before they hand over $20,000,000 needed to build this school?

If they do , without the proper due diligence, if they do they should lose whatever job they have that allows such irresponsible activity.

waterday writes:

Freedomofspeech1: From you constant post, against Marco getting an asset that will bring up real estate values, and more families into the area, if done correctly, I am guessing that you are a Marco resident that works closely with the public school (Lely), and that you graduated from Lely and have children that attended Lely. This is NOT about Lely High School. This is about Marco Island, the community (City) over the bridge, not East Naples. Kids are cheating to get out of Lely? Why do they choose another public school instead of Lely? I am sure you are convinced that Lely is the best school in Collier County, but I find it very disturbing that families will go out of their way not to send kids to this school. There has to be valid reasons, and there are! Also the rezoning, kids and parents tried so hard to stay out of Lely, and many of these parents are cheating.. why? The truth known is that Lely is improving (a little late) but it is lacking and to think that Lely is the real world, it isn't! Lely is an okay public school, if it wasn't, my kids would not be there. Marco will have a school!! great news! and the Charter school could add on grades and accept kids at present in the nice building that is already built, and if need be the trailers will work for awhile. There is a nice open field that is not used at Charter, this field has enough room on it, to build a very nice large building. If a soccer, baseball field or something is needed that is not in the three school's area, then there is the local parks, and YMCA that are always willing to help out the local kids, and the Charter school of Marco has a very nice gym, that could also be shared. Please support the Community you live in, you can also support Lely. Lely will get better from this, and you will see, that competition is a good thing. If Lely does not survive, then it was never a school intended for all. I believe that Lely will survive stronger, and a better school for all children not just the needy that it caters to.

Ocram (Inactive) writes:

Sorry to say this is about people who feel they are entitled to a school in a place that they move to knowing full well that there was no high school to beging with. It would have been different if the people who came up with this idea where, at first, long time residends, not someone who appears to have made a "bad investment" and got stuck with it and then started trying to shove what would normally have been a private school using tax payer funds down all of our throats.

There is no proof that families with children would come here. Where will they find the jobs to support the family and pay for the residence?

There is no proof that this school will be able to hire better teachers than available at Lely.

There is no proof of funding or backing in two years other than a come lately offer towards the building fund.

There is no real proof that the community wants a high school to begin with.

The whole community should be involved and for this project in order for it to succeed, not just those who wish it to happen.

Ocram (Inactive) writes:

in response to Klabautermann:

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No Loosermann, I mean "Fungus Amongus" your new name because of you constant desire to get under people's skin. I can tell you what skin you have gotten under, but I might get removed if I do.

But now we all know what stories you were brought up on. Thanks

Ocram (Inactive) writes:

Coming back down to your level!

A majority of 14,000 is not 250! In what school did you learn to count, or speak English for that matter?

What happened to the referendum you so boistrously professed on coming up with in earlier posts?

Ocram (Inactive) writes:

Final post to you.

The reason that the proponents have not pushed for a referendum is that they know full well that they would lose. If they felt that they would win they would have done it to have built up their support in what will be the fund raising part of their project. The proponents do not care what the community wants as long as they get their way by means of a quirk in the state's requirements stated in the Charter School Application.

By the way, the only skin you are capable of getting under is the (5-1) skin of the cockroach living along side you in the hull of your imaginary ship.

Ocram (Inactive) writes:

HEAR THIS LOUD AND CLEAR, ALL OF MARCO ISLAND!

Below are actual quotes from the supposed unofficial mouthpiece for the Marco Island Academy and another proponent.
The first quote was stated on November 20, 2010 and the second, several months ago.

Was this the whole game plan from the beginning?

Is this what we are having to deal with?

Wake up before it is too late! All residents on Marco should have a word on this issue not only those who could RAM this through without COMMUNITY SUPPORT!

Where is our City Council? Certainly not representing the entirety of Marco.

Actual Quote from a proponent!

"By the way, if we got the charter school without a referendum why shall we do a referendum? The result is so or so the same."

Earlier proponent Quote:

"I never ever lose, ever!!!"

deltarome writes:

Forget all the jibberish above. The train has left the station.
There will be a charter high school and it will be on Tract K.
Those not in agreement will either have to embrace reality or keep talking jibberish.
Well eductate kids are the future of this country and will lead the western world with more than just being able to get along with Haitians.

1Paradiselost writes:

in response to deltarome:

Forget all the jibberish above. The train has left the station.
There will be a charter high school and it will be on Tract K.
Those not in agreement will either have to embrace reality or keep talking jibberish.
Well eductate kids are the future of this country and will lead the western world with more than just being able to get along with Haitians.

I don't think so!!

School superintendent: Marco charter high can't be built on Tract K
The link below:
http://www.marcoislandflorida.com/app...

MIslander writes:

Why not just send our kids to Barron Collier or Naples High School?

1Paradiselost writes:

in response to Klabautermann:

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Try this link.........

NEWS FLASH!!!!
School Superintendent: Marco charter high can't be built on Tract K

http://www.marcoislandflorida.com/app...

Thanks Kalb...Any comments?

deltarome writes:

Dennis Thompson will be changing his tune once the Charter school forces the issue with a lawsuit. The school district will be forced to make it available for a reasonable price. There isn't another good site on Marco Island and that will force the issue.

1Paradiselost writes:

in response to Klabautermann:

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From the real Marco paper that gives us the news "The Sun Times"

School Superintendent: Marco charter high can't be built on Tract K

The School District of Collier County staff says Marco’s newly approved charter high school won’t be situated at Tract K.

The Collier school board voted Nov. 10 to approve the Marco Island Academy’s application for a charter high school. The academy asked the board to make 11-acre Tract K available because it is surplus school district property.

But Dennis L. Thompson, school superintendent, says it won't happen.

“We will not be recommending to the board to proceed with your request to have Tract K become the Academy’s permanent location,” Thompson said in a Nov. 17 letter to academy chair Jane Watt.

In its request to the district, the academy cited state law that stipulates, in part, “if a district school board facility or property is available because it is surplus, marked for disposal or otherwise unused, it shall be provided for a charter school’s use on the same basis as it is made available to other public schools in the district.”

Thompson said he reviewed Watt’s request that Tract K be made available to the academy at a nominal lease cost for its permanent location.

Thompson said in his letter to Watt that he, his staff and the district general counsel reviewed state law governing use of charter school facilities and the surplus property provisions do not apply to Tract K.

"In this regard, during the April 2006 board meeting, the board unanimously voted to remove Tract K from surplus,” said Thompson.

Moreover, Thompson told Watt in his letter, “it has not been marked for disposal.

“Finally, while not used at this time, it would not be made available to other public schools for use given, among other issues, the environmental impact of such use and potential statutory violations to try to do so.”

The academy has not announced temporary or permanent locations for the school.

School backers say they hope to have the school open in August with as many as 250 freshmen and sophomores at a temporary location.

The school supporters said they are seeking a “best-fit” location for both temporary and permanent locations.

Two weeks ago, the district told the academy it could not use property between Marco Island Charter Middle School and Tommie Barfield Elementary School as its temporary location.

lauralbi1 writes:

To All: Whether for or against the proposed Charter High School, you will be interested to know that while the Marco Island Academy has continually stated no Taxpayer monies will be used for this institution, it is my understanding that they have asked the Collier County School Board to GIVE them (MIA) the 11.6 acres called Tract K for their school. We, as County Taxpayers (and big ones at that), own that land. It has a value, in 6 figures. And to ask that it be "given" carries a significant cost to all of us !!!
Not that the CCSB would consider this !!!

And for those of you still in the dark about the fact that Tract K was NOT designated as a School Site, please go to the following URL and put in Book 1495 Page 384 in the DOCUMENT section of the page, and read the document. You will then know the reality of the situation.

http://apps.collierclerk.com/orispubl...

Ed Issler

1Paradiselost writes:

The lot 'Track K" is worth 7 figures Ed! The charter school has 60 days from Nov. 10th to prove funding and to find a permanent location before being granted final approval.

If they (Marco Island Academy) were truly concern about the children of this island they would have started a private school! Charter schools TAKE taxpayer (School System Monies) to support their endeavors, not private schools. Lies. Are these the types of things we should be teaching our children? The clock is ticking!

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