MARCO ISLAND — Mario Sanchez announced his candidacy for the Marco Island Charter Middle School Board early Thursday evening, making him the third candidate thus far— more than have publicly announced they’re running for this year's City Council election.
Sanchez is a parent of a current MICMS 7th-grade student, a college professor and Island resident. Of the three openings on the board, Sanchez will be vying for only one seat that is open to a parent of a student.
“I am certain that I will bring a unique perspective to the school’s governing body for the benefit of the students, parents, teachers and staff of our fine school,” Sanchez wrote in a prepared release Thursday.
Sanchez is a tenured professor at Miami-Dade College, teaching computer science and bioinformatics, which is the application of information technology to the field of molecular biology.
He says his experience as a teacher gives him the ability to relate to the issues and challenges teachers face, as well as their enormous contribution.
The experience at Miami Dade College, which has the largest undergraduate enrollment of any college or university in the U.S., makes him “well aware of the challenges a public institution faces as it enthusiastically strives to improve curriculum, outcomes and assessments within the framework of state and federal regulations— as well as employing the opportunities they afford.”
Sanchez makes at least three campaign promises issuing these statements:
- "I promise that I will strive for an open, transparent collegial forum, where all issues, ideas and suggestions will be welcomed and appreciated."
- "I promise that I will work diligently to ensure the safety of our children and to help them attain an exemplary education."
- "I promise that I will use all of my knowledge, education, experience and skills to foster a cooperative spirit amongst parents, teachers and administrators, and thereby ensuring the long term success of our school."
Sanchez is not new to the education scene on Island, as he had worked earlier this year on the initiative of getting an exemplary charter high school on the Island. He also is not particularly new to the political scene as he has been an advocate of open government on all levels in relation to Marco Island issues.
Prospective candidates for the Marco Island Charter Middle School board are still in the preliminary stage as the application process is to begin Oct. 24.
School board election ballots are scheduled to be mailed to parents of the students Nov. 20 and parents will have until Dec. 8 to cast their vote.
For additional information on the election process, visit the school, call 377-3200 or attend the school board meeting in the meeting room near the school gymnasium, 1401 Trinidad Ave., at 6 p.m., Thursday.