I was shocked at reading some of the above comments. As President of the Board of the Marco Island Charter Middle School, I want to say that I have the utmost respect and am so grateful for the wonderful job that Coach Raymond does for our school. He seems to have endless energy and hours to put into a day and goes above and beyond the call of duty again and again. He even helped me organize a 5K to help raise funds for the school this fall! As a board, we did not feel like it is our right or duty to tell a wonderful employee what he can or cannot do on his off hours and I personally have every confidence that he will continue to do an exceptional job for our middle school. He is a true asset to our school and the community, as is Mr. Abounader, and I am proud and honored to work with them.
Thank you so much for your hard work on this sale! We are so appreciative of the donation from Ms. Jarman and family and the hard work of Nadine, Natalie, and everyone else who purchased items and supported the sale!! Thank you!Jennifer TenneyPresident of the MICMS Board
As far as I know, Ms. Cleary has been provided with every bit of information she has ever asked for. George and his staff have been working very very hard, spending many hours compiling information and reports for Ms. Cleary over the last year. No request for information, either formal or informal has ever been denied save one-we are not authorized under FERPA to give out parents and students addresses and phone numbers without giving parents the chance to first opt out of having their personal information distributed.
I would like to clarify why it scares me that people are digging for dirt in the minutes-I am not scared that they are going to find anything but a summary of committed and honorable people helping a wonderful school. This is an A+ school for 9 years running, that has always been run in a fiscally responsible way that has resulted in a surplus in the budget for every year since maybe the first year. The teachers of the school are dedicated, hard working, and good at what they do, and George Abounader is a true asset to the school and the community. The parents and students of the school are overwhelmingly happy with it, and if they ever have a concern, there is always an open door for them to bring it to the board or to George himself. I am proud to serve on the board.What scares me is if a prospective board member feels that the only way he or she can win is to try to find something negative or wrong with a wonderful school; I am worried about how that person would be as a board member. We have a fiduciary responsibility to support the school, raise the funds to ensure that it has the resources that it needs, and improve it if we can- but we should never try to attack it or break it down just to try to find a talking point for an election. I hope that we continue to have good and honorable people serve the school so that it exists, as good as it is today, when my daughter is old enough to attend.Sincerely,Jennifer TenneyMICMS board member/secretary
I just wanted to clarify and add to my comments in the article. I am not necessarily against a charter high school (I think the charter middle school is a wonderful asset and a charter high school may have similar success), however, I wanted to defend Lely High School and assure Marco Island parents that their children can receive a great education from Lely. I agree with the comment above that you get out of a school what you put into it and if you take advantage of what Lely has to offer, you will receive the best education possible, including: a wide variety of AP and honors classes, Model United Nations, Speech and Debate, Mu Alpha Theta (math competition team), National Honor Society, Rotaract, Band, Chorus, Ochestra, Drama, Sports ... and the list goes on. In addition, Lely has fantastic teachers and a supportive and involved principal. If any student applies themselves and takes advantage of the opportunities offered, they will get a strong start in life. My concern is that a charter high school may not have the numbers to be able to offer all of the above listed activities ... but if it can, that would be wonderful. In the meantime, be assured that your kids can receive a great education from Lely. As for the commute, for middle school, I was bussed to Gulfview Middle School (which was an hour bus ride each way with construction and rush hour traffic), so by the time I got to Lely, the 15 minute drive was nothing! In addition, as a native islander, I was used to having to travel to Naples and was happy to be exposed to and meet and interact with people from outside our small community.
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