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See larger Lynne Irvine, President of the new, non-profit Marco Island Discovery Center, presents plans Wednesday for a Marco charter high school within a sustainable living, biology and arts complex currently in the works. Irvine came from Michigan to volunteer for the organization on Marco Island in the hopes of having an administration position at the academy, which planners hope will be located on Tract K.

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Lynne Irvine, President of the new, non-profit Marco Island Discovery Center, presents plans Wednesday for a Marco charter high school within a sustainable living, biology and arts complex currently in the works. Irvine came from Michigan to volunteer for the organization on Marco Island in the hopes of having an administration position at the academy, which planners hope will be located on Tract K.

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Jane Watt, Tara Hagan and Lynne Irvine, members of the non-profit Marco Island Discovery Center, prepare to request support from Marco's Planning Board Friday for their proposed charter high school. Fay Biles, far right, who serves on an FGCU advisory board had said FGCU is interested in sponsoring the Marco charter high school but the group said they had not yet had the opportunity to meet with FGCU to confirm their interest level and need the University to confirm or deny it so they may move on to get sponsorship from another college if needed.
  • Brandon Helmer, 14, of Indiana visits Marco Island with his extended family, who supports the concept of a charter high school on Island specializing in the arts and sciences with a focus on sustainable, green living as presented by proponents of the plan Wednesday evening at Marco Island Charter Middle School.
  • Erin Homuth, 12, a current Marco Island Charter Middle School student, and niece of charter high school proponent Tara Hagan, says she won't go to Lely High School. It's either this planned charter high school as presented by the new non-profit, Marco Island Discovery Inc., or a private school in Naples, Seacrest Country Day School, because she likes small, individualized classes, she says. Kim Barry, right, and Rhonda Chandley, left, also support the Island charter high school proposal.
  • Lynne Irvine, President of the new, non-profit Marco Island Discovery Center, presents plans Wednesday for a Marco charter high school within a sustainable living, biology and arts complex currently in the works. Irvine came from Michigan to volunteer for the organization on Marco Island in the hopes of having an administration position at the academy, which planners hope will be located on Tract K.
  • About 30 people attended the presentation and opportunity to exchange ideas on a planned Marco charter high school, as presented Wednesday by Islander Jane Watt and two other members of the newly formed non-profit Marco Island Discovery Center, Inc., which is designing a complex of which the proposed school will be one of three components.
  • Marco YMCA CEO Cindy Love and Marco Island Charter Middle School Principal George Abounader listen to plans Wednesday evening at the middle school for a Marco Island charter high school, which have expanded to include a complex of community learning, sustainable living and camp facilities.

Islanders learn about the bigger plans surrounding the initiative for a Marco Island charter high school June 25 at Marco Island Charter Middle School and at a Planning Board meeting Friday. Plans now include the Marco Island Academy as well as a summer eco-adventure camp and Marco Island Discovery Center, a center for sustainable living and education of all ages. Marco Island Discovery Center is also the name of the non-profit working on developing a charter high school on the Island. Finding land is the next challenge.

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