Marco high school movement splits into working groups

— A follow-up meeting on the citizens’ movement for a Marco Island High School was held Sunday at Mackle Park with about 20 Islanders divvying up work to bring a high school to reality.

Jane Watt, mother to three future Island high schoolers, shared the attendees’ ideas for high school names, which include Marco Island School of Excellence, Marco Island Charter High School, Marco Island High School Partnership and Florida Gulf Coast University High School.

The group’s working mission statement is “to establish an exemplary high school that offers a high level of quality education meeting the needs of all students to help them reach their highest potential and adequately prepare them for college,” said Watt.

About 50 Islanders signed up to work to create the high school and are breaking up into small working groups holding their own meetings throughout February. Some will be researching Marco Island Charter Middle School’s development, potential partnership with Florida Gulf Coast University, the ability to add one year at a time to the middle school and other research areas. Those interested in working on the citizens’ movement for a high quality, public Island high school may e-mail Mario Sanchez,

Check Friday’s edition of the Marco Eagle for a story by reporter Kelly Farrell on high school options and the wide variety of thoughts about a future Marco Island public high school.

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freedomofspeech1 writes:

Nice to DREAM!
Dont count on it happening.

lauralbi1 writes:

I hope the group looks into making the Charter School a combined Middle and High School. I heard that the Charter School may not have enough money in a few years to stay open. It just seems that 8 classrooms for High School should be available. That is all it would take.
Ed Issler

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