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I drive from Marco to Lely, two to three times a day, while working. It is time consuming, and in the season with our Winter residents, it is a long day of road trips. Marco kids that participate in clubs, activities, and sports are picked up and brought back later, and then picked up again. The school can not schedule every single activity or practice right after school, and the parents have to juggle and/or chose work loss for helping the kids. Most of us let work go, and struggle to help the kids. So unless you have kids at Lely or have a clue on what actually happens, do not comment on the time and trips to the school. Also, I should add, there are the days when the kids forget lunch boxes, gym shoes, homework, permission notes, etc, etc. Most of the kids, at some point, forget something that requires parents to spend more time, gas, car wear, tire wear, and work loss to get the forgotten items to kids. We were all kids once, and we want what is best for Marco kids. A high school on Marco will be a great asset for the future of this Island. My kids will not be at this school, but I will support it, the same as I support Lely. Choice is a good thing. As far as a small school and low attendance numbers, that will probably be true and a good thing for the beginning of a new school, but like the Marco Charter School, these numbers will increase with the years. Competition will make Lely a better high school for all students.
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