Three more candidates file for Marco Island Charter Middle School board elections

Councilman keeps hat in the ring; police invited to next school meeting to discuss information sharing policy

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  • Letter from former Orion Bank explains misunderstanding in $100,000 school deposit from 2008
  • Cops invited to next school board meeting to discuss changes in contact information policies
  • Lisa Meurgue, William Hollowsky and Norka Malberg-Franco add their names to list of candidates

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— Six candidates are vying for three open seats on the Marco Island Charter Middle School Board.

President Jim Reinders’, Tarik Ayasun’s and Joe Hausauer’s seats are expiring. Parents will be receiving ballots in the mail, with one ballot per household, and are to return them to the school by 5 p.m. Dec. 8, where the ballots will be counted. Parents may vote for up to three candidates, including two non-parent candidates and one parent candidate.

A meeting to install the new board is scheduled 6 p.m. Dec. 10.

Marco Island Police Department officials are invited to work out ongoing questions about why law enforcement annually received a hard-copy list of student and parent contact information, but were not supplied that information from Marco schools only this year. Hausauer told the police to “hit the print button” and questioned whether law enforcement needed the school to supply the information.

School board member Elizabeth Summers called the request and this newspaper’s coverage of the issue “crap, crap and more crap.”

Reinders, City Council Vice Chairman Frank Recker, along with newly filed candidates Lisa Meurgue and William Hollowsky are the four individuals vying for the two open non-parent seats.

Mario Sanchez and Norka Malberg-Franco are vying for the one seat open to a parent of a student.

Malberg-Franco holds several degrees in education and psychology, including a doctorate in psychoanalytic psychology. She was born in Puerto Rico and grew up in Costa Rica.

She practiced her profession for 15 years internationally, before returning to the U.S. Malberg-Franco developed the Eagle Ambassador’s Club, a peer mentoring program at the school.

“In the area of fundraising she has, over the years, used her grant-writing skills to secure a total of $800,000 and is confident she can use this ability to benefit MICMS,” according to her biography on the ballot.

Meurgue is a former school board member, who served from 2006 through 2008 as a parent, and now hopes to serve again as a non-parent. She has a B.B.A. degree in international business and French.

After working in the hospitality industry in the Bahamas, banking in Chicago and teaching in Ireland, she is now managing the Bistro Soleil restaurant.

She is active in civic affairs and is determined to have the school remain a charter school.

Meurgue would like to research grant opportunities as well as use the fund raising skills she has demonstrated with the Restaurant Association, Dancing with the Stars, MICMS Cheerleading and other organizations to assist the school.

Hollowsky is a certified public accountant and is currently responsible for solving business problems in schools at SunGard Higher Education.

He also serves on the City of Marco Island Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee as well as the Audit Committee. He wants all charter middle school students to enjoy the opportunity to receive a top education.

Hollowsky hopes to use his financial knowledge and experience with not-for-profit organizations to assist with fundraising activities and the planned endowment campaign.

He believes his five years of board experience with the Post Secondary Electronic Standards Council, where he now serves as chairman, will allow him to make significant contributions to the school board.

Information on the other candidates, as previously reported in the Marco Eagle, are available in related stories on linked below, along with a link to the letter from Orion Bank, now Iberia Bank, about what was once believed to be a bank error, but was misunderstood at the time by school board members in 2008, per records obtained from the school and bank

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Comments » 3

livingonmarco writes:

good luck to the canidates.
Ms. Meurgue - wasn't she already on this school board and had problems. lets get new blood people.
Hopefully the principal will be at school more. My student doesn't even know who the principal is. He has better hours than a banker. Shouldn't a principal be one of the first people on shcool grounds. not at this school. With better school board officials maybe this and other things can change.

stepuporshutup (Inactive) writes:

in response to livingonmarco:

good luck to the canidates.
Ms. Meurgue - wasn't she already on this school board and had problems. lets get new blood people.
Hopefully the principal will be at school more. My student doesn't even know who the principal is. He has better hours than a banker. Shouldn't a principal be one of the first people on shcool grounds. not at this school. With better school board officials maybe this and other things can change.

After reading your post I can understand how your student doesn't know the principal of his own school. Your idea of a great principal is a doorman at the bus stop? Wouldn't it be more beneficial to have him spend his time doing his job? Your ignorance toward the hours that Mr. Abounader spends making Marco Charter School such a success is a shame. Mrs. Meurgue had some health issues which is why she shortened her time on the school board and yet still wishes to serve. We need "new blood people so things can change". So exactly what do you want changed? Charter School is an A rated school with top rated music, art and sports programs. Most of the students that go on to High School from Charter are at the top of their classes. Keep yelling fire where none exists and you may be sorry when you get what you asked for. "Change" has become the new rallying cry for the woefully uninformed.

liberator100 writes:

livingonmarco: you have absolutely no idea what you are talking about. You are making baseless and idiotic accusations about a past Board member who served valiantly while battling a serious illness and one of the hardest working principals in Collier County; you should be ashamed of yourself. If your student does not know who the Principal is; that is a good thing. Your student should know who his or her teacher is; not who the Principal is. You should know who the Principal is; and that can only be achieved if you had called and made an appointment to see him. It appears from your silly little blog that you have not done that. Or, if you had taken the time to volunteer on campus where you would have run into him during all hours of the day, working with the teachers and staff to make MICMS the best school in the county.

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