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I would encourage "33yearresident" to get his facts straight. The Marco Island Academy is a PUBLIC Charter High School....NOT a private school. The school will be open to all students regardless of ethnic and socioeconomic background. According to Florida law, the students who attend the Marco Island Academy WILL be allowed to play sports at Lely if they choose to do so. Why don't you read the Florida Statutes for Public Schools and look under the Charter regulations? Charter schools are all about CHOICES. Currently there are no options for high school students to attend a public school on Marco. The Marco Island Academy will provide that choice. No one will be forced to go there. Just as none of the middle school students are forced to go to the Marco Island Charter Middle School. The middle school students are zoned to go to Manatee, but have the CHOICE to attend MICMS. The Marco Island Academy and the YMCA partnership is one of the most exciting projects this island has ever seen!!!!! Thank you to all of your hard work and dedication!!!!!!!!!!!!
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