POLL/Guest Commentary: High school: Exciting new developments

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The Marco Island High school Initiative continues to gain momentum. Committees have been formed to help coordinate the effort.

One group of volunteers has formed a research team that is reading through the Florida school laws. At the same time, another group is reviewing the application process. Both groups will present their findings at a March 21 high school initiative meeting.

The research teams plan to meet on a weekly basis to discuss their progress.

The most exciting new development is the addition of the Web site marcohigh.com. It is filled with information and updates for anyone interested in learning more about the initiative. There is an area where you can sign up to volunteer. It also explains in detail the need for a high school on the island. There is a copy of the original deed filed by the Deltona corporation showing that they originally gave the land to Collier County School Board for a school. Tract K is specifically referred to as School Site number two in the deed.

The vision behind the Marco Island high school initiative is to put exemplary education first. Our children deserve it and our island needs it. I hope you will consider being part of this rewarding effort.

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Marconian writes:

THE MARCO EAGLES DEFEAT NAPLES 24-17 TO CARRY THEM ON TO THE CLASS A STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS FOR WHAT LOOKS TO BE A REAL WING DINGER OF A GAME GUARENTEED TO PLEASE.......Wouldn't that be a proud headline to see!!!

lauralbi1 writes:

To whomever is working on this: As a citizen in favor of this concept, I highly recommend running the numbers of students that will go from Middle School to High School over the next 10 years on Marco.
You need toi forget Tract K and look at the Charter School as a means to open a High School. It is my understanding that the Charter School will be in financial trouble in the nexct few years. Can't we find 8-10 classrooms for a High School at the Middle School, or build som,e new classrooms ??
That is the only way this plan will work. There will ne no money coming from CCSB, so let's work with what we have.
Ed Issler

mimom writes:

lauralbi, you suggest that we get out our crystal ball and guess as to how many kids will be on the island in the next 10 years. Just because enrollment went down the past couple of years doesn't mean that families won't be moving back to the island. As a matter of fact my crystal ball (and the drop in housing prices) says that is exactly what is going to happen. Charter school is not in financial trouble and it is reckless of you to say things you know nothing about. If you have been to the Charter School you will notice that there are not 8-10 classrooms sitting vacant for High Schoolers to settle into. There is also no open space to add on to the current building. The idea of an island located High School is not to have an inferior option to Lely, but something better. Everglades City has a K-12 school and I would guess that is not what people here on Marco are looking for.

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