FLDOE supports Marco Island Academy

— The Marco Island Academy has been selected by the Florida Department of Education’s Public Charter Schools Grant Program (PCSGP) to receive $325,000 from Federal funding payable over three time periods.

In order to qualify, applicants submitted a synopsis of their in-depth Charters on selected components along with measurable means of evaluating compliance with the Charter Schools Program (CSP) Objectives. The applications were then rated and ranked according to ratings with only 50 out of 98 applicants awarded grants. The selected recipients will be required to provide evidence of ongoing compliance at the state level with monthly reporting to the sponsoring District.

The awarding of a PCSGP grant by the FLDOE not only supports a school financially, it validates strong support for a school’s mission, vision, design and programs.

Jane Watt, chair of the Marco Island Academy, reports that, “This grant will help us reach our goal of offering the highest quality of education for our Marco Island high school students. Thanks to the additional funding, those who attend the MI Academy will have access to brand new, state of the art computers and technology to fulfill our unique vision of empowering the next generation.”

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u2cane writes:

This means that Jane and her daughter get free ipad's. Exciting stuff going here at this Academy of higher learning. I hear there is someone starting a homeschool program on Marco that will rival this "world class" education. Maybe their sports programs can play a pickup game of basketball. Hmm, no, you need at least 10 people for that.

Ocram (Inactive) writes:

Very strange that in the Sun Times Article of this funding it is called funding from the "No Child Left Behind" Federal Grant Program according to the proponent who applied for this grant for the Academy. No mention of that in the article above. Why?

This is funding for disadvantaged, needy children and in no way says that it is for children who would otherwise have to travel the "vast distance" of 14 miles to school, iniitial reason given for the Acedemy in the first place, that was allegedly comprised of students that were criminal in nature according to the Academy's major blogger, Klabautermann.

This really appears to become more and more disingenuous as time passes so that funding can be acquired.

RayPray writes:

"Jane...reports that, “This grant will help us reach our goal of offering the highest quality of pizza for our Marco Island high school students."

Does that explains how they got Vandy on board?

Marconian writes:

How Much Longer Before the school that they all said would not happen breaks ground for building.

I feel this MI Academy will be a great asset to our community. why would you not want a High School of your own to be proud of? my neighbor has a brand new Camero and it is really nice but I dont brag about it to my friends....WHY? Cause its not mine lets take pride and welcome this school to our community and be proud of your own Cities Highschool not our Neighbors.

Ocram (Inactive) writes:

in response to Marconian:

How Much Longer Before the school that they all said would not happen breaks ground for building.

I feel this MI Academy will be a great asset to our community. why would you not want a High School of your own to be proud of? my neighbor has a brand new Camero and it is really nice but I dont brag about it to my friends....WHY? Cause its not mine lets take pride and welcome this school to our community and be proud of your own Cities Highschool not our Neighbors.

Many feel that if most of what was said, by proponents, right from the beginning of this endeavor was honest and open there would have been a great deal less hostility towards the High School, but when the proponents came in and from the beginning declared "Done Deal" about where the school was to be built and the list of people who were on the list of volunteers which included quite a few names who did not give an ok to be on the list and the organanizations that were claimed to be in support which were not in support. Then being told by a proponent, on this blog, that that was in the past and should be forgotten.

I don't think you would buy a car from a salesperson who made those kinds of promises that were not in fact true, why do you think that those doing the same in promoting a school would be any better?

Nothing goes further than honesty and transparency, something which has been quite missing here both in the past and at present.

islandgma writes:

And what is the future of the Winterberry Academy? Why not use a facility that was already there than have to get the water and electric to the trailers? Relocation of wildlife....I'm just saying -

Ocram (Inactive) writes:

M.H.

According to the major proponents this was not a battle, why are you now calling it that now?

And, of course, with another of your perpetual insults.

freedomofspeech1 writes:

What a waste of money! Why would anyone throw that kind of money to a school that will not even have 50 students!!!!!!!!!!!!

MarcoTrojan writes:

If anyone has actually checked the Academy's webpage, then one would notice that they have posted the courses they would be offering... what world class education do we have here?

AP classes? ( required for the prestigious laureate program ) no...
Dual enrollment ( great head start in college ) no...
Vast selection of electives for students to choose from? no...

Will many want to go here? no...

It is truely a wonder why the state would support such a nested program that offers very few choices for students...

Ocram (Inactive) writes:

Why is it so difficult for the Acedemy to post credentials such as state certification of the teachers, hired? Paragraphs of the life history of each teacher but little to nothing relating to certification to teach subject matter courses. Now we have a another coach teaching Spanish.

It is easy to say someone taught a language course or a history course somewhere. That being said, many schools, especially outside of the public school arena and in emergency situations such as not being able to hire a certified teacher for that subject, allow teachers to teach out of their subject matter area. This does in, no way, mean that they are "Certified" to teach that subject.

Parents should be asking for the certification of each and every teacher without all of the unnecessary bloated "spin".

Ask these questions and get honest and complete answers, before it is too late.

Ocram (Inactive) writes:

in response to MarcoIslandWoman:

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You know M.H., I would rather be a second class citizen, as you say, knowing what I say is the truth, rather than what you call "first class" with all of the mis-representations attached.

naples_rocket writes:

in response to RayPray:

"Jane...reports that, “This grant will help us reach our goal of offering the highest quality of pizza for our Marco Island high school students."

Does that explains how they got Vandy on board?

also, answering to what Ocram has said.

School lunch is a very big $$$. Collier County school district spends somewhere around $18M a year on school lunch. Collier is a pretty "poor" school district because of all the migrant farm, hotel and restaurant workers and their numerous children. While it does not really apply to Marco that much but we are in the same district with the eastern Collier and it's just one big pot. http://www.collierschools.com/AnnualR...

So... 58 percent of "our" kids are economically needy, meaning that they receive free or reduced price lunch. Free for them, not free for us who pay taxes. But, to what Ocram has said. Yes, No Child Left Behind money is to be used for disadvantaged. And Collier uses NCLB money to feed the disadvantaged by proving them free or reduced price lunch. Furthermore, that $18M is spent on those 58 percent when other 42 percent pay out of their pocket adding more $$$ to that $18M. Well, some bring their own lunch, but many parents, including myself, spend $40/month to purchase lunch.

Now... charter schools do not have to purchase garbage food provided by school district food supplier but can purchase garbage food from their own suppliers, such as Vandy's. Charter middle serves Vandy's pizza once a week. Do the numbers... This little gig must be paying their rent. Add charter high, it will also pay their utilities.

Wildcat writes:

in response to Ocram:

Why is it so difficult for the Acedemy to post credentials such as state certification of the teachers, hired? Paragraphs of the life history of each teacher but little to nothing relating to certification to teach subject matter courses. Now we have a another coach teaching Spanish.

It is easy to say someone taught a language course or a history course somewhere. That being said, many schools, especially outside of the public school arena and in emergency situations such as not being able to hire a certified teacher for that subject, allow teachers to teach out of their subject matter area. This does in, no way, mean that they are "Certified" to teach that subject.

Parents should be asking for the certification of each and every teacher without all of the unnecessary bloated "spin".

Ask these questions and get honest and complete answers, before it is too late.

I agree! And while we're at it, why doesn't Lely High do the same? They don't even have a paragraph about the life history and degrees earned, like the Academy does. Lely just has a list of names and the subjects that they teach.

This does in, no way, mean that they are "Certified" to teach that subject.

We don't even know if they have college degrees! At least with the Academy's staff page we know that they all have college degrees, including that 'soccer coach' teaching Spanish, who graduated from some rinky-dink school named Yale.

C'mon, Lely! Rise up to the standards of the Academy!

http://marcoislandacademy.com/staff/i...
http://www.collier.k12.fl.us/lhs/Facu...

Ocram (Inactive) writes:

Wildcat,

Your response has got to be the poorest attempt of justifying your failure to be transparent and honest. College degrees in areas other than the subject being taught are not certifications. How about you yourself being the the better person and post what is asked for not constantly "twisting" and "spinning" your answers to something else.

Come on, Yale is an excellent school and you posted that, but what about the certification issue, and but what about the internet PH.D. by your principal. You can not have it both ways.

One other thing. The posted information regarding Cornell University is a bunch of spin on your part. That "special" program you claim as special to the MIA is available to every student throughout this country, who has the grades and the funding. Every guidance councilor is aware of that fact and it in not something unique or special for the MIA to attempt to utilize it. Just more fluff without substance.

You were asked to state the certifications of the teachers. If I wanted to I would ask the Collier County School System for those at Lely.

But I am not taking away from Lely and making claims of grandeur and stating that the Academy is so much better. Prove It!

Wildcat writes:

in response to Ocram:

Wildcat,

Your response has got to be the poorest attempt of justifying your failure to be transparent and honest. College degrees in areas other than the subject being taught are not certifications. How about you yourself being the the better person and post what is asked for not constantly "twisting" and "spinning" your answers to something else.

Come on, Yale is an excellent school and you posted that, but what about the certification issue, and but what about the internet PH.D. by your principal. You can not have it both ways.

One other thing. The posted information regarding Cornell University is a bunch of spin on your part. That "special" program you claim as special to the MIA is available to every student throughout this country, who has the grades and the funding. Every guidance councilor is aware of that fact and it in not something unique or special for the MIA to attempt to utilize it. Just more fluff without substance.

You were asked to state the certifications of the teachers. If I wanted to I would ask the Collier County School System for those at Lely.

But I am not taking away from Lely and making claims of grandeur and stating that the Academy is so much better. Prove It!

What is this my "failure to be transparent and honest" crap? I don't work for the Academy. I don't even have a kid going there - in fact, mine goes to Lely. And I graduated from Lely.

The point of my last post was that you complained that the Academy doesn't list the credentials of it's staff, yet you failed to notice that the Academy lists far more information than Lely does. Didn't you even think to check that before you posted?

If you were truly concerned about the listing of credentials, instead of just trying to bash the Academy, why wouldn't you also be concerned about the lack of information on Lely's website, since Lely doesn't come close to listing as much information as the Academy?

Oh, I see - you could call Lely and get that information if you wanted to. I guess you just never wanted to, eh? I guess maybe you're really not all that concerned about it.

And I wonder if you could also call the Academy and get that information, if you really are concerned. But maybe you're not - maybe you just like to spout off here, instead. Or maybe you just haven't had the time.

And "my" spin on Cornell is non-existent. I have never mentioned a word about Cornell. But I will now - Cornell is a darn fine school, from what I have heard. I know three people who graduated from Cornell.

And if you're asking me to state the certifications of the teachers, you're barking up the wrong tree - I don't work for the Academy. Call them if you want to know.

Ocram (Inactive) writes:

Wildcat,

You know much too much to be so out of the inner loop. Spin the world another story and someone will be there to believe you.

Ocram (Inactive) writes:

M.H. Klabautermann,

That was quick. The handlers called you out for your disruptive help!

No surprise to me or anybody else for that matter. I guess what I had posted "hit home" better than I expected.

Once again both you and your handler, Wildcat, (that is what she is calling herself, lately), protesteth much too much. Thanks again for your help ;)

Wildcat writes:

in response to Ocram:

Wildcat,

You know much too much to be so out of the inner loop. Spin the world another story and someone will be there to believe you.

It seems to you that I know too much to not be in the inner loop because, unlike you, I actually did some research before I posted. Although anonymous here, I wouldn't want to sound s----- or uninformed.

Ocram (Inactive) writes:

Wildcat,

It is difficult to do research about the Academy because the information provided is so full of misleading statements and promises that have never or most likely will never come to pass. In addition it lacks complete, relevant information that can be compared to any other institution. Now you say that Lely does no better in informing about it teacher's credentials. So the question, if I may ask, is what is the difference between the Academy and Lely other than 14 miles travel? If you can not show me that the teachers are better qualified, if at all certified in the first place why should anyone bother selecting the Academy other than just on the say so of a incomplete web-site?

Until you can post relevant information without the usual excuses don't try to make the Academy something that is any more special that what Collier County has already provided for at Lely.

Wildcat writes:

in response to Ocram:

Wildcat,

It is difficult to do research about the Academy because the information provided is so full of misleading statements and promises that have never or most likely will never come to pass. In addition it lacks complete, relevant information that can be compared to any other institution. Now you say that Lely does no better in informing about it teacher's credentials. So the question, if I may ask, is what is the difference between the Academy and Lely other than 14 miles travel? If you can not show me that the teachers are better qualified, if at all certified in the first place why should anyone bother selecting the Academy other than just on the say so of a incomplete web-site?

Until you can post relevant information without the usual excuses don't try to make the Academy something that is any more special that what Collier County has already provided for at Lely.

Research about the credentials posted on the two websites wasn't difficult at all. You should have done at least that little bit before you criticized the Academy's website for something for which Lely does a far inferior job. From what I can see, the Academy's teachers are much more qualified than Lely's.

14 miles x 2 = 28
28 miles x 180 days = 5,040 miles
5,040 miles / 20 mpg = 252 gallons of gas
252 x $4 per gallon = $1,008 saved per year, for each Marco car that goes to the Academy instead of Lely. Plus wear & tear, plus fewer accidents.

Ocram (Inactive) writes:

You must have had a good math teacher at Lely!

Nice to see that we have gotten back to basics as to why a school on Marco "may" be needed. But if you are thinking about dollars now why was it not important for the people around Tract K to concern themselves with more significant amounts of their own money when the proponents thought nothing of calling those people "child haters" in earlier blogs? Those were extremely harsh words for people who moved here and wanted nothing more than a peaceful retirement.

You see, once again, you can not have it your way and not be concerned with the other fellow. The "Done Deal" proclemation, supposedly, by a major Academy proponent did not sit well with many residents and that is where the greatest amount of resistance came to pass. Sort of the "Lose Lips Sink Ships" outcome that eventually occurred.

I really do think that if there was concern for neighborhoods right from the beginning a great deal more support for a High School may have emerged. But that is not what was expressed as a concern by ealier proponents. It was their way, their wants and nothing else.

At this point, my feeling is that I hope you can hire the necessary staff to bring about a good education for the students who plan to attend the Academy this Autumn. After that, we will see if this whole endeavor swims or sinks for another year.

MarcoTrojan writes:

in response to Wildcat:

Research about the credentials posted on the two websites wasn't difficult at all. You should have done at least that little bit before you criticized the Academy's website for something for which Lely does a far inferior job. From what I can see, the Academy's teachers are much more qualified than Lely's.

14 miles x 2 = 28
28 miles x 180 days = 5,040 miles
5,040 miles / 20 mpg = 252 gallons of gas
252 x $4 per gallon = $1,008 saved per year, for each Marco car that goes to the Academy instead of Lely. Plus wear & tear, plus fewer accidents.

Wildcat,

I honestly think that 1000 per year is worth it in order to enable ones child to be in AP and Dual Enrollment classes and to be able to choose from a wide variety of electives instead of settling for one of the Academy's two schedule choices. If you really have a problem with the cost, send your child on the FREE bus system. (I myself have been riding them for the past two years) If going to the Academy was really about higher class education, then you would not settle for the rigid and bland scheduling they currently have. This is not a matter of that though, as many can tell, it is rather a plan to put a private school setting on Marco without that dreadful yearly tuition.

islandgma writes:

It appears that the "regulars" enjoy posting their conversations back and forth in these comment areas. Please - I am sure many are as tired of your ramblings and would prefer you to stick to the topics rather than insulting one another because you have nothing better to do. If you are so concerned with these various issues why don't you stand up and work for the organizations you promote rather than blowing all this hot air. Mother nature can provide us with enough of that.

Let's stick to the issues - thank you.

Ocram (Inactive) writes:

Darn, we were just getting to one of the "real reasons" for Academy which had nothing to do with the reason for a $325,000 "No Child Left Behind" Federal Grant.

Maybe someone thought that the "No Child Left Behind" application was for the kids who missed the school bus?

u2cane writes:

in response to MarcoIslandWoman:

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Actually there was agreat article in the Miami Herald (a real newspaper) that outlined charter schools. There have been some positives and negatives, including some misusing of funds for profit (yes, Charter Schools can be profitable for those running them). Overall though, they aren't any more efficient in their educating of children then public schools, they just have less bureaucracy. It really depends on how well the school is managed. It is not a matter of not wanting a school, its a matter of what is the best educational bang for our buck. Jane's school is not the best solution. It is a school that she is putting together haphazardly so that her child doesn't have to go to Lely.

Ocram (Inactive) writes:

U2Cane,

For those actually doing the research I found the article for those who wish to see it:

http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/05/21...

Ocram (Inactive) writes:

In addition to reading the above article take a look at the public comments already posted at the end of the article. Some very interesting points are made and should be considered before jumping on or off of the band wagon.

Ruger writes:

So people don't like Charter schools because they get some of the best results?

http://www.charterschoolcenter.org/ne...

Two charter schools are among the six finalists in a competition to have President Obama deliver their commencement address this spring. They are the Denver School of Science and Technology in Colorado and the Environmental Charter High School in Lawndale, Calif.

Ocram (Inactive) writes:

Ruger,

2 out of 6? The other 4 are public schools. What point are you making.

The following is from the Miami Herald written in the last day or two.

SIMILAR SCORES

The bulk of South Florida’s charter schools are on par with traditional public schools when evaluated based on standardized test scores.

On last year’s state exams in math and reading, traditional public school students in Miami-Dade, Broward and statewide performed slightly better than their charter school counterparts, but not by much, state data shows. (See chart).

In Miami-Dade, 51 percent of traditional public schools earned an A grade last year, as compared with 56 percent of charter schools. But a larger percentage of charter schools earned a failing grade than traditional public schools.

In Broward, 59 percent of traditional public schools earned an A grade. Half of charter schools did the same.

Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/05/21...

Ocram (Inactive) writes:

in response to Ruger:

So people don't like Charter schools because they get some of the best results?

http://www.charterschoolcenter.org/ne...

Two charter schools are among the six finalists in a competition to have President Obama deliver their commencement address this spring. They are the Denver School of Science and Technology in Colorado and the Environmental Charter High School in Lawndale, Calif.

Ruger,

Your article is from last year (April 2010). Your statement about it being this year in incorrect.

Ocram (Inactive) writes:

To complete the above research:

Winners of Obama's Commencement Speechs are for

2010 Kalamazoo Central High, Kalamazoo, Mich.
2011 Booker T. Washington High, Memphis Tenn.

Both Public Schools.

u2cane writes:

in response to MarcoIslandWoman:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

You can't vote until you are 18, so how is your statement about school age children relevant to voting in Broward? It wasn't counting the votes, it was people filling out ballots improperly. Most of those hanging chad's were in liberal districts. Does that mean all liberals are s-----?

Also, at the very least they would use "there" instead of "their" in your last sentence genius.

Ocram (Inactive) writes:

in response to MarcoIslandWoman:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

Then why did the "hand selected" students at the charter schools do worse than their counterparts at the public schools? Must be the teachers were not up to par.

RayPray writes:

in response to islandeye1#236971:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

Strange, since it is widely appreciated that the faculty of Heidelberg University was honored by the presence of Fraulein Herzili. Check here:

http://www.physi.uni-heidelberg.de/Mi...

While, Island_Ignoramus managed to distinguih his intellect no further than at the groves of academe for Ding (naughty word) School. Here he is, in fact:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Puavkt...

Ruger writes:

in response to Ocram:

Ruger,

2 out of 6? The other 4 are public schools. What point are you making.

The following is from the Miami Herald written in the last day or two.

SIMILAR SCORES

The bulk of South Florida’s charter schools are on par with traditional public schools when evaluated based on standardized test scores.

On last year’s state exams in math and reading, traditional public school students in Miami-Dade, Broward and statewide performed slightly better than their charter school counterparts, but not by much, state data shows. (See chart).

In Miami-Dade, 51 percent of traditional public schools earned an A grade last year, as compared with 56 percent of charter schools. But a larger percentage of charter schools earned a failing grade than traditional public schools.

In Broward, 59 percent of traditional public schools earned an A grade. Half of charter schools did the same.

Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/05/21...

I am not interested in the propaganda from the Miami Herald. I will break it down for you since you seem to have a problem with numbers. Take the number of kids going to public school and the number of kids in Charter schools and use basic math. You do have those skills, right?

Ocram (Inactive) writes:

Miami Herald Propaganda is that any different than Sun Times Propaganda?

Ocram (Inactive) writes:

Ruger,

In addition, the Charter Schools Still LOST to the Public Schools as far as our President was concerned. If they were in any way better they would have won. That is a fact, not an opinion.

gl1800 writes:

Most of the negative comments against the proposed MI Charter HS are the same ones that were used against the Marco Island Charter Middle School many years ago. Yet now the Marco Island Charter Middle School students’ academic achievements far surpass most of the other middle schools in the county and state

Ocram (Inactive) writes:

in response to gl1800:

Most of the negative comments against the proposed MI Charter HS are the same ones that were used against the Marco Island Charter Middle School many years ago. Yet now the Marco Island Charter Middle School students’ academic achievements far surpass most of the other middle schools in the county and state

This may be a surprise to you. High School and Middle School are as different as walking and running.

Middle school deals with subjects that parents could most likely help their kids with at home.
High School requires a great deal more input by the subject matter teacher, administration and the student. It requires teachers that are duly certified and experienced in higher levels of education and subject matter. Do not let the proponents lead you to believe that posting life stories of its teachers to be the same as properly credentialed and certified instructors.

Comments comparing the a middle school to a high school's curriculum, subject matter, degree of interaction provided and peer interaction leave a great deal of learning to do for those who think that the playing field is the same in both instances.

u2cane writes:

in response to islandeye1#236971:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

You never know, someone has to clean the toilets.

u2cane writes:

in response to gl1800:

Most of the negative comments against the proposed MI Charter HS are the same ones that were used against the Marco Island Charter Middle School many years ago. Yet now the Marco Island Charter Middle School students’ academic achievements far surpass most of the other middle schools in the county and state

I wasn't here at the time, but from what I have been told circumstances were much different. Manatee had a principal that didn't believe in honors classes. There were limitations that the school had, whereas comparing that situation to Lely it would seem that Lely will still offer far better opportunities than Jane's school. Classes like AP, dual enrollment, and honors classes are offered at Lely already. I could understand if they weren't offered, but why waste the money building something you don't need because one woman doesn't want to send her child to an ethnically diverse school? That is what private schools are for, don't use public money for her agenda. Don't forget all the clubs and teams that Lely already has. What exactly is the trailer school offering that is better?

Ocram (Inactive) writes:

U2Cane,

This is what is, presently, being offered.

1. A principal with a recently internet acquired Ed.D. along with no "hands on" secondary experience.
2. One or two teachers/principal with proper, State of Florida, high school certification.
3. Enrollment, maybe, enough to fill a school bus.
4. Unsubstantiated claims of "World class" grandeur.

What else would parents really wish for their children?

Is_It_True_Partially_True_Or_Not_True (Inactive) writes:

in response to Ocram:

U2Cane,

This is what is, presently, being offered.

1. A principal with a recently internet acquired Ed.D. along with no "hands on" secondary experience.
2. One or two teachers/principal with proper, State of Florida, high school certification.
3. Enrollment, maybe, enough to fill a school bus.
4. Unsubstantiated claims of "World class" grandeur.

What else would parents really wish for their children?

Maybe wish for to offer indoor bathrooms with plumbing?

Ruger writes:

in response to Wildcat:

Research about the credentials posted on the two websites wasn't difficult at all. You should have done at least that little bit before you criticized the Academy's website for something for which Lely does a far inferior job. From what I can see, the Academy's teachers are much more qualified than Lely's.

14 miles x 2 = 28
28 miles x 180 days = 5,040 miles
5,040 miles / 20 mpg = 252 gallons of gas
252 x $4 per gallon = $1,008 saved per year, for each Marco car that goes to the Academy instead of Lely. Plus wear & tear, plus fewer accidents.

Good point, its almost like these people that hate MIA want to kill the planet or something.

u2cane writes:

in response to Ruger:

Good point, its almost like these people that hate MIA want to kill the planet or something.

No just tortoises and eagles. Please, don't get your kid a pickup truck then, get them an electric car. You seriously want to go to the environment with the record this academy already has in its infant stages???

Ocram (Inactive) writes:

in response to Ruger:

Good point, its almost like these people that hate MIA want to kill the planet or something.

Now let us see. Since this is now a plan to save some people money, then it should follow that those people who it is saving money for should be responsible to pay for any additional infrastructure and police costs that the Academy would require as a result of its existence and not have it become the responsiblity of the rest of us.

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