The Marco Island Academy will have plenty of name recognition with its first athletic director, Roger Raymond.
Raymond has been the first and only athletic director at the Marco Island Charter Middle School for 11 years. Raymond will continue his duties at the Charter School.
The Charter School Board gave Raymond the go-ahead at its Tuesday night board meeting.
“I wouldn’t have accepted the position if I thought it would harm the Charter School in any way,” Raymond said.
Jane Watt, Island Academy Chairwoman, is extremely pleased with Raymond’s acceptance.
“I’ve watched Roger develop a middle school athletic program that has been very successful,” Watt said. “He has shown that you can be competitive against larger schools with a small pool of athletes.”
Watt said she has talked with a number of kids who have been in his sports programs.
“They all really like him and that speaks volumes to me,” she said. “He is a good role model the way he works with the kids. I like the way he interacts with the kids, taking a participatory role. It is important to us to have someone like Roger as sports are a huge influence in kids’ lives.”
Raymond does not see his duties with the new school in conflict with the Charter School.
“It will be more of an extension of what I do now,” he said.
He will start his duties with the Academy on July 1.
His hiring comes a week after the Academy hired a principal, Chris Pellant, presently director of special services at Lakes International Language Academy in Lake Forest, Minnesota.
The public can take part in a meet-and-greet opportunity with Pellant in the Charter School gymnasium at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 3. Student enrollment begins the same day, with enrollment packets available at the Charter event. They can also email to firstname.lastname@example.org to request an enrollment packet.
Preliminary interviews for teachers begin on Feb. 3. Screening interviews have already begun. Applications can be done online at email@example.com. Teachers should submit a cover page telling what position they have an interest in with their application. An update on teachers hired will be on www.marcoiaslndacademy.com