Letters to the editor: No dirt, no need to dig

As a former MICMS school board member and creator of the TBE PTO student directory (the first one was done in 2000), I am disheartened by the motivation behind creating a MICMS student directory.

If you have ever submitted your information for the TBE directory, you know that the school can never give out personal information. The form I created which is sent home to families, specifically states, “Only information provided by you via this form will be included. We do not receive any information from the school office.”

Not every family gives their information to be included and some parents request to only have their child’s name listed in the directory, which we have done so no one feels left out. I trust the school to do just that, protect my information.

In every published edition of the directory, a note from the principal summarizes that the purpose of this book is to provide parents with information for contacting other families-as a convenience. The 2007-08 edition states, “Thanks parents for using this directory in the spirit of its intent and for working with our staff to form an effective team for our students.”

In previous editions, it has been noted, “We ask that this information not be misused. The intent of this publication is to improve communication and any other use is prohibited.”

I support the Board’s decision not to share student and parent names and addresses.

I was also disappointed to read the words, “ ... Dirt digging at MICMS.” There is no dirt to be dug! While I served on the board, I was also secretary. All the minutes and documents passed out at board meetings are available at the school for anyone to read. It is ridiculous to monopolize the time of the principal and staff for information they are not allowed to share. If you are really interested in making MICMS the best school possible, offer to volunteer your time or make a donation. It does not serve the best interests of the students by looking for “dirt” that is not there!

The question posed last week, Oct. 23, in Island Views was very broad, “Should a school board have a limited number of parents serve on the board?” In regards to the Marco Island Charter School’s by-laws, it was voted when the school was established, that a majority of non-parents would better serve the needs of this particular school. Of course, parents have a vested interest but community members add balance. Parents serving on the board may have their own agenda or wish to serve, only in the interest of their own child instead of in the interest of all the students. It is not the responsibility of the board to micro-manage the school.

I am proud to have served on the Board of the Marco Island Charter School. Two of our daughters are graduates and another will attend next year. I hope that the board will continue to make progress in its ongoing fundraising efforts which is the true mission and focus of the MICMS board, to secure the financial future of the school.

Lisa Meurgue

Marco Island

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