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Wondering if these new-to-Marco Islanders lived here when the charter school was started? I was here, and attended several of those first meetings. Two very different situations.
Did you know the people who started MICMS have happily sent their own children to Lely?
Some of what I have seen with some of the pro-MI high school group is this:
*Many fairly new to Marco*No children at Lely*Very little or no first hand experience with Lely High School*Quick to repeat false rumors about LHS*Quick to blindly follow someone they know very little about*Wishing to secure a future job*Pretending to be pro MI high school,but in reality have other agendas
Who is really thinking about what is best for the students of this island? Do you really think it's better to isolate your child in the four years they are preparing to compete for the limited number of scholarships that are out there?
Do you really want them to be isolated from experiencing the relationships they will develop with people of all races, colors, nationalities, and creeds? Someone please explain to me what good can come from this?
Although MICMS is a wonderful middle school, kids chomp at the bit to get off the island. Hard to imagine them wanting to continue that experience for another four years.
Many Marco parents sit back and wait for others to step up. Volunteerism drops off for many as their kids enter MICMS. Can't imagine that these same parents are going to spend time volunteering and raising money for a new high school. BTW, it's been reported that PTO fundraising at Tommie Barfield is down this year.
Speaking of money...MICMS struggles year after year to keep afloat through donations from parents and others throughout the community. A new high school would surely take funds away from MICMS. There's only so much to go around, especially in this economy.
For these reasons, keeping students on Marco for middle school makes sense, but let your kids spread their wings and experience all the great things that are going on over the bridge at Lely High School.
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