TEACHER RECRUITMENT We will look for a diverse faculty from all parts of the nation. Consequently, our website (www.marcoislandacademy.com) will be one way to attract teachers to the Academy. Our National Advisory Board may act as a source of referrals for the school. Newspaper ads and other media may be used to draw qualified applicants. A commitment to our mission and vision is essential. Any teacher or paraprofessional must have high moral standards to be hired. The school will be an alcohol- and drug-free workplace. All teachers, administrators, and non-instructional employees, as specified by law, will be fingerprinted and background-checked. F.S.(10012.32) No person will be hired if he or she does not meet proper standards of conduct and ethics. F.S. (1012). STAFF DEVELOPMENT The Director of the Academy and the Board will consider the needs and dimensions of the services to be provided. For the Academy, it is necessary for the Director and the Board to select a group of dynamic, well-qualified teachers with varying degrees of experience and a willingness to be creative. In the initial year, we will need two weeks prior to the school’s opening for intensive training. In subsequent years this period will be reduced to one week. We aim to create an atmosphere of collegial teamwork. Additional continuing training in teaching competencies will be accomplished during the school year. The training at the beginning of the school year will focus on ensuring the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards are understood and methods for their implementation are put in place. F.S.(1002.33(7)(a)14). Development of pacing guidelines will be accomplished. Specific training from the Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society will be conducted. Teachers will understand the scope of this innovation and how it aligns with the state standards. We want the Academy’s Mission Statement to become personal convictions. Refinement of teaching strategies, with particular emphasis on critical thinking and interconnectivity, will comprise the training throughout the year. Teachers will prepare changes to improve their instructional design on an ongoing basis during the school year. Teachers will be strongly encouraged to participate in a series called The Art of Teaching: Best Practices from a Master Educator, Parts 1 and 2, which has received praise from the New York Times as one of the best teaching tools in America today. 11. EDUCATION SERVICE PROVIDERS The Academy is not using an Education Service Provider. F.S. (1002.33(7)(a)9). 12. EMPLOYMENT The Marco Island Academy will require all teachers to meet or exceed the expectations for certification as required by Chapter 1012 and Florida Statute (1002.33) and F.S. (1002.33(7)(a)14). We will comply with all teacher/paraprofessional certification requirements of the Federal No Child Left Behind Act or any replacement Act. Parents and the community will be informed of the qualifications of teachers as per the guidelines in the NCLB legislation, and as required by F.S. (1002.33). The Academy will not violate the anti-discrimination provisions of F.S. (228.2001) and the Florida Education Equity Act. We will offer a salary schedule similar to that of the County. One-year contracts will be issued. An average teacher salary of $54,000 is used for the first year of the plan. This amount reflects the tenure, qualifications and seniority of the teacher that should be considered for most of the positions being filled. F.S. (1002.33(12). Average benefit contributions for all salaried employees amount to approximately 36%. The benefit package will aim at providing the employees with the most value for the cost. Salary increases for all employees are planned each year. Teacher qualifications will be available in writing for parents and the community. The Academy will be a public employer and as such, the employees will be enrolled in the Florida Retirement System under Section 121.021(34) FS. All full time employees will be offered health insurance. Dependent health coverage and dental insurance will also be made available. All employees will be eligible to participate in a 401 plan or the Florida Retirement System. Workers compensation will also be provided. The teachers at the Academy must adhere to the following: 1. Implement instructional activities that contribute to a climate where students are actively engaged in meaningful learning experiences. 2. Identify, select, and modify instructional resources to meet the needs of the students with varying backgrounds, learning styles, and special needs. 3. Assist in assessing changing curricular needs and offer plans for improvement. 4. Maintain effective and efficient record-keeping procedures. 5. Provide a positive environment in which students are encouraged to be actively engaged in the learning process. 6. Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with students, parents, and other professionals on a regular basis. 7. Collaborate with peers to enhance the instructional environment. 8. Employ professional and ethical standards when dealing with students, parents, peers, and community. 9. Ensure that student growth and achievement are continuous and appropriate for age group and subject area. 10. Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with students, parents, and other local schools. 11. Assume responsibility for meeting his/her course and school-wide student performance goals. 12. Demonstrate gains in student performance. 13. Participate in training. 14. Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the Director. All work responsibilities are subject to having performance goals and/or targets established as part of the annual performance planning process or as the result of organizational planning. 13. PARENT AND COMMUNITY SUPPORT AND PARTNERSHIPS PARENT PARTICIPATION: The Director will form a team to assist the parents in the formation of a parents’ organization. The Director will assist in the development of bylaws and a communication method that will assure the smooth movement of information from the Academy to the parents’ organization and from the parents’ organization to the Academy. Initially, the Director will be the conduit of this information. The parent’s organization may elect to send a liaison to make periodic reports to the Board. All Board notifications and minutes together with parents’ organization notifications and minutes will be available for review in the school’s administrative office. Parents will also be required to volunteer at the school in the media center, computer lab and lunch room. COMMUNITY SUPPORT The Marco Island Academy has formed a local advisory committee with highly qualified volunteers to contribute to the Charter application. Cigdem Schauer, who received her MBA specializing in Financial Management from Pace University, NY, NY and who has 17 years of international financial experience in corporate financial analysis, development, and planning, with additional emphasis in M&A and Costing, has developed the financial section and budget for the Charter application. Educator Anthony Dallman-Jones, who received his PhD from Florida State University and is currently a tenured full professor in graduate educational psychology and is the Director of the the National At-Risk Education Network, has provided extensive input about assessment and character development for the Charter application. Sayre Uhler, who received his MEd in Education Administration from Penn State University and his DEd in the Administrative Career Program at Harvard University, has experience in teaching and has served as a high school principal and as the Superintendent of Schools in Concord, Massachussetts. He has contributed countless hours of research for the Charter application. Vic Rinke, who has a BS in Elementary and Secondary Education and has 32 years of experience as a Principal in Central Minnesota and who currently works as an Education Consultant for the Center for School Redesign, has contributed to the administrative structure of the Academy. Janet O’Connell, who received a B.A in Latin and English and an M.S. in Guidance and Counseling and has over 29 years of experience in the Broward County School District, has developed various scheduling options. Diane Wruk, who has a B.S. in Elementary Education and an M.S. in Corrective Reading and has 17 years of teaching experience, is the chair of the Charter Application/Curriculum/Grant Writing Committee for the Academy. She has organized all the meetings and submitted notes to all the committee members. She is also helping with the grant writing. Dianne Wetjen holds an M.S. from Florida State University and many hours of post-graduate work at Long Island University. She worked as a reading consultant for 24 years. She was appointed as Project Director of a New York State Education dissemination grant called Project CHILD for four years. She is a national and international speaker on the relationship between reading, math, and writing. She has compiled information from the volunteers on the Charter Application Committee. With this information as well as her own input based on her expertise in the field of education, she has been the principal author of this Charter application. Pierre Guesnon, who received his B.M.E. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and who founded, ran for many years, and ultimately sold a small engineering company, edited the Charter application. He has served as President of the Acoustic Society of America - Greater Boston and Secretary of the Engineering Societies of New England. Over 50 volunteers serve on committees such as, marketing, grant writing, Charter application, curriculum, fundraising, administrative, land use, political, and more. MARKETING Our marketing strategy is in place now, and the Board Chair has been speaking to local clubs and civic associations about the project. This fosters a relationship for further donations and support. We are holding forums for students and parents to share our vision and gain community input. We have a prominent storefront office in the Esplanade that has been donated to the Marco Island Academy. Volunteers staff the office six days per week. Being visible in the community with an office in a centrally- located shopping center is important to us. We sell books and tee-shirts. The volunteers collect donations and distribute pamphlets and brochures about the school. We have created fact sheets to answer questions. We will use newspaper ads, public service radio and television, and our website, www.marcoislandacademy.com, and Facebook sites. COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP The Marco Island Academy is collaborating with the local YMCA to offer students an opportunity to utilize facilities for fitness purposes. In order to reach out to the community, we plan to initiate an early childhood literacy program taught by Academy students for ELL pre-school age children with their parents. This is a part of the President’s ―Children First Agenda‖. FGCU AND ADULT EDUCATION FOR THE COMMUNITY We maintain an open relationship with FGCU Renaissance Academy and plan to offer adult education courses as early as the fall of 2010. RESOLVING DISPUTES BETWEEN PARENTS AND THE ACADEMY Disputes between parents and the Academy will be handled in the following manner. The first step is for the parent to work with the staff member with whom the dispute exists. If the dispute is unresolved, the parent will then consult with the Director to resolve the conflict. If the Director and the parent are unable to resolve a school-based conflict, the Director or the Board may send a representative as mediator. If this step does not provide resolution, the matter will be brought to the Collier County School Board in a private session for a final ruling. 14. STUDENT RECRUITMENT AND ENROLLMENT We intend to market the school to all constituents of the nearby Collier County communities. We plan to have similar demographics to Tommie Barfield Elementary School and the Marco Island Charter Middle School. F.S. (1002.33(10). Enrollment will reflect the areas’ racial/ethnic/socio-economic balance. F.S. (1002.33(7)(a)8). The Marco Island Academy will not discriminate on any basis mentioned in F.S. 1000.05 (2)(a). We hosted an informational meeting at Six L Farms, including migrant workers from the Section 16 Camp on May 24, 2010. Flyers written in Spanish were posted in advance. Jose Marroquin is a volunteer for the Academy who is serving as our Community Outreach Director. He is from Guatemala and is fluent in Spanish. Minerva Cantu, who lives at Six L Farms, distributed information about the meeting to the residents of the community. In addition, Jason Shriver, the head of Six L Farms, handed out information about the Academy to the workers when they received their pay checks. We will return to Six L Farms once we begin registration to reach out to the students who live there and offer them an opportunity to enroll in the Academy. The Academy is forming a ―World-Class Fund‖ to help pay for school supplies, uniforms, a YMCA membership, and tutors for economically disadvantaged students. We believe that all students deserve an equal opportunity to the best possible education regardless of socio-economic status. Locally, enrollment times will be established and advertised. We will also host an informational meeting with the students at the Marco Island Charter Middle School prior to registration. All promotional and enrollment materials provided at the Marco Island Charter Middle School will be made available in English and Spanish. Each student must complete an application to be considered for enrollment. F.S. (10002.33(7)(a)7). The application packet will include, but may not be limited to the following items: a form that provides the name, address of residence, parents’ name and address, date of birth, present school, grade attending, information about the student’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP), and any other pertinent information based on State reporting requirements. If needed, the family will be expected to complete an application for free/reduced lunch determination. The number of applications will be reviewed. If we are approaching capacity, a lottery will be established to choose students. Students will be placed in the lottery and drawn as family units which will allow siblings to receive enrollment preference as authorized by F.S. 1002.33. The Academy’s enrollment will be limited to 500 students. Any parent, guardian, or family unit upon enrolling their student in the Marco Island Academy shall by signature agree to a minimum of forty volunteer hours per school year at the Marco Island Academy. Volunteer hours may be served by any member of the family. It is to be understood between parents and the Academy that the family unit is a necessary part of the school’s successful performance. Additionally, students and their parents will be required to sign a contract that will be used as a requisite for initial and continued enrollment in the Academy. The parent agrees to enable the student to come to school prepared, in a timely fashion, following the required dress code, and with a positive attitude toward learning. Students will be required to uphold the highest moral standards. Students must demonstrate respect at all times for their peers, staff, and administration as well as the Academy. All expectations will be clearly defined; and the students and their parents will be made fully aware of any consequences of misconduct. The Director of the Academy will address issues that arise on an individual basis. III. BUSINESS PLAN 15. FACILITIES BUILDING INNOVATION The Academy will feature a pond and gardens for students to experience a hands-on learning environment, where they will be immersed in relevant projects related to the environment and outdoors. The building will become a teaching tool itself and will offer many opportunities for the students to gain a useful understanding of how to live a more sustainable lifestyle. The state-of-the art green campus melds the island’s habitat with the school. Global environmental lessons come to life through observing and understanding the use of a biolarium, solar energy, rainwater reuse, greywater treatment, composting, and recycling. Students become stewards of the natural environment. This amazing complex will be designed by two of the industry’s foremost experts, John Szerdi and Alain Dezii of Living Designs Group, in conjunction with world-renowned environmental consultant William Browning, Partner, Terrapin Bright Green. William Browning has successfully funded many green projects and will help guide us as we are seeking grant money. The building itself will teach responsible living and will not create ecological problems for our island environment. F.S. (1003.42)(m). For both educational excellence and responsible usage, we will offer educational enrichment classes during the summer months. Currently, we are investigating temporary quarters for the school until we build. We have identified a location to accommodate portable classrooms. We are in the process of finalizing the location and obtaining quotes to determine the cost of the portables. This location provides enough space for at least twelve portables. There is also usable office space at the site. We intend to open in our temporary location in August 2011. We will remain in our temporary location until enough funds are raised and the permanent building is built. We hope to be in temporary facilities for no more than two years. Prior to opening, we will make sure the temporary facility is in compliance with applicable laws, regulations, and policies. F.S. 1002.33(18). We will also have a site visit with the AICE Cambridge coordinator prior to August 2011. We would like to respectfully request the surplus land at Tract K at no lease cost for our permanent location. According to F.S. 1002.33(18)e, if a district school board facility or property is available because it is surplus, marked for disposal or otherwise unused, it shall be provided for a charter school’s use on the same basis as it is made available to other public schools in the district. We have also spoken to the head of permitting for bald eagles at the State of Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission. She explained that since the Academy has an environmental component integrated into its curriculum, we are eligible for a Special FWC Eagle Permit. This will allow us to build within 100 feet of the eagle’s nest of Tract K. According to the State of Florida, projects that receive a FWC Eagle Permit, the following minimization efforts may be required: Avoid construction activity (except those related to emergencies) within 100 feet of an eagle nest during any time of the year except for nests built on artificial structures, or when similar scope may allow construction activities to occur closer than 100 feet. We strongly believe that this is the best location, because it allows adequate space for the Academy to expand if necessary. Land on Marco Island is scarce. More importantly, Tract K was deeded specifically for a school. It is also located within walking distance from Tigertail Beach. This location will be ideal for our Marine Science program. We have just begun our capital campaign for the building. Our capital campaign will include fundraising for our temporary site. The costs for the building are to be completely financed through private donations, naming rights and grants. We have a commitment for our first naming right and will continue to raise funds aggressively until our goal is reached. As per the Charter School Law (S. 1002.33(18), F.S.) the building will be in compliance with the Site Requirements for Education Facilities (SREF) for the state of Florida. The Academy’s facilities will comply completely with the Florida Building Code, pursuant to Chapter 533; Marco Island Building Code; and the Florida Fire Prevention codes pursuant to section 633.025, F.S. As a newly constructed building, certain assurances and building warranties will be in effect, thereby minimizing unforeseen facilities-related expenses once we are in our new building during the first few years of facility operations. Length of Charter and Implementation Timetable Pursuant to 1002.33(7)(12), we request a five-year charter. The Marco Island Academy will demonstrate sufficient progress in attaining the student achievement and objectives of the charter during this time frame. 16. TRANSPORTATION SERVICE Student transportation, including transportation for the approximately 30% of our expected student population from beyond Marco Island, will be contracted from the Collier County School Transportation Office. F.S.(1002.33(20)(c)). We will provide transportation to and from the same areas as Marco Island Charter Middle School and Tommie Barfield Elementary School. We need two-three buses per day for two runs. Students who live more than two miles and less than eight miles from the school will be eligible for bus services (including Isles of Capri and Goodland). Students residing at Six L Farms will be provided with transportation to and from the Academy. Since many students live less than two miles from the school, they will be encouraged to bike or walk to the Academy. We will notify the District as soon as enrollment is final to confirm the number of students who require bus transportation. 17. FOOD SERVICE We will apply for the proper food license. Our lunch program will not be using any federal monies. F.S. (1002.33(20)(a)). We will set up contracts with high-quality restaurants to provide service on a weekly basis. Local vendors will be used to provide each student with a healthful lunch at a nominal cost to the student that would in turn offset the cost to the providers. Since the Academy intends to reach out to the local businesses (i.e., Publix) for at-cost catering, no food service fees will be requested. The students will pay for their lunches (expected to be approximately $3 per day). Free lunch will be provided to economically needy students; the Academy will pay for this service. We will request that the restaurants post the nutritional information of meals. Our Culinary Arts students will apply good nutrition skills in the planning for a once-a-week lunch. Healthful nutrition will play an important role in the food selection choices for the menus. No sugary soft drinks or junk foods will be allowed. 18. BUDGET The budget for the Marco Island Academy is available on the attached Excel spreadsheet. F.S.1002.33(6)(b)2)). Please review the attachments in the following order: 5yrplanPrint (MIA_Budget_worksheet_Form_V10) Budget Worksheet (MIA_Budget_worksheet_Form_V10) Budget Worksheet yr2 (MIA_Budget_worksheet_Form_V10) Budget Worksheet yr3 (MIA_Budget_worksheet_Form_V10) Budget Worksheet yr4 (MIA_Budget_worksheet_Form_V10) Budget Worksheet yr5 (MIA_Budget_worksheet_Form_V10) Revenue Calculation worksheet (MIA_2009-10 Revenue Estimating Worksheetv1) The five-year budget forecast for the Marco Island Academy contains the following planning assumptions and complies with the principles and purposes of charter schools as set forth in the Charter School Law (s. 1002.33(2), F.S.). This plan considers the potential revenues and the types and level of costs that must be incurred successfully to create and continue the projected educational program consistent with the Academy’s Mission Statement, education program, staffing plan, facility, and the financial viability of the school in the future. F.S. (1002.33(6)(a)5. The Academy anticipates that once the application for the school has been approved, the search for the school’s director will begin. We plan to fill that position within the first quarter of 2011. The process for hiring a curriculum specialist will begin simultaneously. Contracts for both the Director and Curriculum specialist will be established as soon as possible. Teaching staff interviews will be ongoing and contracts are designed to begin with the start of the school year 2011/2012. Additionally, planning and support will be provided with the volunteers that are currently working on the application, specifically from our educational specialists that have been strongly involved in conceptualizing the school. Funds for the Director and Curriculum Specialist salaries and all related expenses incurred to the opening of the school will be covered by the fundraising funds that have been collected to date for that specific purpose. All balances at the beginning of the 2011/2012 school year will be carried over into the operation of the charter school. PLANNING ASSUMPTIONS: The operating revenue was determined by using the attached Florida Department of Education Revenue Estimate Worksheets for 2009 – 2010 for Florida Education Finance Program (FEFP), as referenced on the following website http://www.fldoe.org/fefp/chartinst.asp. During the first year of operation only two grade levels will be in operation (grades 9 & 10). The following year, grade 11 will be added, and the year thereafter all four high school grade levels will be offered. The expected student population reflects 17% ELL students, 10 % ―Basic 9-1 with ESE services‖ students and 70% ―Basic 9-12‖ students as defined in Florida Department of Education Revenue Estimate Worksheets for 2009 – 2010 The Budget includes a 2% decrease in the expected total Florida Education Finance Program (FEFP) allocations per year in the Five-Year plan. The Federal start-up grant is reflected as ―Start-up Grant Revenues‖, in part, in Year One (2011/2012) and the remainder in Year Two (2012/2013). This represents the most realistic scenario for the school. Capital outlay funds for the Academy, according to the current statute regarding Charter School Capital Outlay 1013.62, F.S., will not become available until the school has been in existence for three years. Therefore, the Five-Year Plan does not consider capital outlay funds in years four and five. (http://www.fldoe.org/edfacil/oef/chartsub.asp). The business plan includes provisions for a 4% reserve fund planned for each of the five years of the business plan. As described in the ―Red Book‖, Administrative fees have been planned at 5% of total revenues. Professional Services Management fees have been planned at 7% of total revenue. School administration will consist of a Director, Secretary, Curriculum Specialist, Guidance Counselor, part-time bookkeeper and part-time Technical /Media specialist for the first and second years of operation. In the third year, a Dean of Students will be hired. It is expected that services for a school nurse, special counseling services, legal advisor, psychologist, behavioral interventionist and specialized ESE support would be contracted services from Collier County Educational Support Services on an as-needed basis. Provisions have been made for these resources in the attached business plan.. Additional teaching staff resources are planned for ESE and ELL, in addition to classroom instructional resources and other instructional staff for PE, Music, Art, and Culinary Arts. An average teacher salary of $54,000 is used for the first year of the plan. This amount reflects the tenure, qualifications and seniority of the teacher that should be considered for most of the positions being filled. Average benefit contributions for all salaried employees amount to approximately 36%. Salary increases for all employees are planned each year. The number of teachers included in the budget assumptions assures that the school will be in compliance with legislative class-size requirements consistent with our offered curriculum. The number of teaching staff will increase as the student population of the school grows with each additional added grade level. Additionally, costs for substitute teachers have been planned, assuming approximately five days per teacher. Additional information about the staffing plan is included under section 10. Management of the application. Consistent with the planned development of the school, textbooks for all subjects will be purchased for the first year for grades 9 and 10; in Year Two, text books for grade 11 will be purchased and in Year Three textbooks for grade 12 will be purchased. Beginning in Years Four and Five, the replacement of textbooks will begin as needed.. The first and second year of operation includes facilities costs, including utilities charges, for an offsite location until the permanent site has been built. All costs for the school construction will be paid for completely by donations and grants. No funding by the capital projects funds will be used. Therefore, no lease fees, mortgages or other financial instruments expenses should be incurred on the facility itself. There will be, however, fees for general upkeep, custodial expenses (one full-time Custodian is planned) and utilities expenses consistent with the operation of the facility. Since the facility will be new and under conditional building warranties, no major replacement or repair costs are expected to be incurred until the fourth or fifth year of the business plan. Start-up Budget and Annual Financial Plan – the relevant Five-Year Plan for the school are included as an EXCEL Attachment. Enrollment – Projected enrollment follows the community participation and enrollment in the Marco Island Charter Middle School. Projected enrollment is as follows; o Year One (start-up) 200 Students, 100 each in grade 9 and Grade 10 o Year Two 300 students, 100 each in grades 9, 10 and 11 o Year Three 400 students, 100 each in grade 9,10, 11 and 12 o Year Four 400 students, 100 each in grade 9,10, 11 and 12 o Year Five 400 students, 100 each in grade 9,10, 11 and 12 o Maximum enrollment is 500 students SPENDING PRIORITIES The Academy’s spending priorities will focus on meeting the students’ needs and providing them with a quality education. We will provide the students with the necessary tools for future success in the unique learning atmosphere that will be provided by the Academy. CASH FLOW PROJECTIONS Monthly Cash Flow projects are based on a ten-month school year, with first and last month at 50%. The school expects to maintain a positive balance throughout the first five years of operation. Please see Cash Flow Projections in attached excel spreadsheet for specifics. The following table represents the expected cash flow for the five Year Business. The primary revenue source will be the FEFP. The school will apply for Start-Up grants; these are expected to be divided between the first and second years of operation. Private Lunch Revenues are the expected revenues to be generated for the school’s lunch program. In all five years of the business plan, the operation of the school is expected to remain in positive balances and these balances will be carried forward as shown under ―Net Fund Carry-Over‖ and be deposited into interest generating financial instruments from which a revenue source of ―Interest Income‖ is derived. These revenues will also be reinvested into the school. Additionally, fundraising will also act as a substantial income source for the first year of operation of the school. School Year Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Total Students 200 300 400 400 400 Estimated Revenue: FEFP Gross $ 1,351,439.00 $ 1,981,147.00 $ 2,615,799.00 $ 2,563,799.00 $ 2,518,799.00 Start- up Grant $ 125,000.00 $ 50,000.00 $ - $ - $ - Capital Outlay $ - $ - $ - $ - $ - Private Lunch Revenue $ 8,400.00 $ 12,600.00 $ 16,800.00 $ 16,800.00 $ 16,800.00 Net Fund Carry Over $ - $ 9,431.74 $ 52,271.69 $ 30,175.69 $ 77,128.49 Interest Income $ - $ 3,252.90 $ 17,661.91 $ 10,407.26 $ 26,600.75 Fundraising $ 170,000.00 $ 7,500.00 $ 10,000.00 $ 10,000.00 $ 10,000.00 $ - $ - $ - $ - $ - Total Revenue: $ 1,654,839.00 $ 2,063,931.64 $ 2,712,532.60 $ 2,631,181.95 $ 2,649,328.24 FUNDRAISING Fundraising will be a very critical portion of the Academy’s revenue base. An aggressive fundraising campaign will be established to offset the initial start- up costs of the first year of operation. We hosted a grand opening of our office in the Esplanade on November 12, 2009 and raised several thousand dollars in donations to get started. The Marco Island Academy hosted a 5K Run with over 80 participants and 20 volunteers on January 23, 2010. We raised about $5,000 at the event and secured over 17 sponsors, including McDonald’s, Publix, Starbuck’s, and Winn-Dixie, to name a few. We also hosted our main event, ― The City Under the Sea,‖ on February 20, 2010. The evening included an upscale dinner-dance at the Hideaway Beach Club Resort. William Browning, Partner of Terrapin Bright Green in Washington, DC, was our guest speaker at the event; he is also a member of our National Advisory Board. There were over 100 attendees at the event, and we raised over $13,000. We have received a $10,000 from one individual supporter and a $7,500 donation from another to help offset our architectural fees. The community has been extremely supportive; our first-year fundraising goal appears to be attainable. In order to achieve our goal, we have planned three main fundraisers for the 2010-2011 school calendar year. The first fundraiser will be in October of 2010. We are coordinating a wine tasting event in Naples at the Englishman on Third St. We are also planning a Superbowl party on Feb. 6th and a 5K Run on March 5th. Throughout the year we will continue meeting with high-end potential donors on an individual basis to discuss how they can contribute towards the Marco Island Academy. Ultimately, we are planning to raise money for a Sustainability Fund to meet the Academy’s needs for the future. You can read more about it on our website at www.marcoislandacademy.com. So far, the Academy has received $5,000 from the Upon A Star Foundation for books for the media center. And we have received a commitment of $250,000 for our first naming right for the Academy. The Marco Island Academy currently has an operating account with $28,220.90. 19. FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT AND OVERSIGHT We will strive to establish a mutually-beneficial working relationship with the Collier County School System. We are requesting that the Collier County School District agrees to be our sponsor. We will provide a yearly progress report to monitor the school’s progress toward achieving our goals. Financials will be included. FINANCIAL REPORTING The Charter School Law (s. 1002.33(9)(g), F.S.) mandates that each charter school provide financial information comparable to other public schools. In order to provide comparable financial information, the Academy will maintain all financial records which constitute its accounting system in accordance with the publication set forth by the Charter School Law titled ―Financial and Program Cost Accounting and Reporting for Florida Schools,‖ and its corresponding ―Red Book.‖ All records will be maintained in a consistent manner so that the data can be meaningfully analyzed by the Legislature, the sponsoring school district, and the general public. Accounting will be performed and records maintained in accordance with the generally accepted accounting principles. The recommended account classifications, including function codes, account numbers, object codes, and other attributes, will be assigned to all revenue and expenditure objects, as set forth in the ―Red Book.‖ Our accounting structure will also be followed as suggested. Regular Board reviews will be held to discuss financial statements to safeguard the financial structure behind the school. F.S. (1002.33(7)(a)9). AUDITING PRACTICE The Academy will also follow common practice set forth in the Charter School Law (s. 1002.33(9)(j), F.S.), which requires that each charter school provide an annual financial audit in accordance with section 218.39, F.S. An independent CPA will be retained to provide the official documented report of this audit within 90 days of the fiscal year end (June 30), as specified by the law. STATE PROTOCOL State reporting protocol required by statue or state administrative code applying to charter schools will be adhered to. SOFTWARE Best practice consistent with charter school law will be followed in regards to maintaining all charter school financial records using customized, integrated software designed specifically for managing a governmental accounting structure. INTERNAL CONTROL & TRAINING FOR ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF An extensive system of internal control will be established for the Academy including the design of all forms, policies, communications, procedures, and process necessary to implement and maintain efficient financial management. Training for the internal control systems will be provided for specific designated administrative staff. The school will continually review the internal control systems in place, including the training system, to identify any modifications that may need to be made in order to accommodate the continually changing situations the school may be faced with. ACCOUNTING PROCEDURES 1. Bank and Cash Accounts Reconciliation – These accounts will be set up as stated above. Appropriate controls and accountability measures will be established for all accounts in order to minimize risk. Each account in the name of the Academy will be reconciled on a monthly basis. In the event of negative variances, the Director will be consulted to determine appropriate measures needed to rebalance the budget. F.S.(1002.33(6)(a)5). 2. Budgeting – Each year of operation, the Academy will prepare a comprehensive budget. A balanced budget will be adopted for the fiscal year prior to beginning operations. This budget will be provided to the Collier County School Board, the State Board of Education (if required or requested), and any other oversight entity. Monthly variance reports will be provided following the close of each month. 3. Deposits & revenue receipts – Specified school personnel will be trained in the appropriate procedure for receiving, recording ,and depositing revenues. They will also adjust the corresponding budget entries to reflect the revenues. The procedure will be included in the internal control systems as well. 4. Accounts receivable – accounts receivable to the Academy will be tracked and maintained in the school’s accounting system. Procedures will also be consistent with the internal controls defined above. 5. Accounts payable – accounts payables will be tracked and maintained with a flexible software solution like ―Quick Books‖ or a similar program. Internal controls will be in place to ensure that upon receipt of an invoice or request for payment, the appropriate ledger entries will be made and payments be processed. Appropriate tax reporting forms to all vendors seeking payment from the school will be provided for by requesting form W-9, Request for Taxpayer Identification Number for these vendors. 6. Payroll & Payroll Tax – a payroll processing service such as those provided by ADP will be used for the management of payroll. These payroll functions will be in accordance with federal and state regulations and will include the administration of all federal and state payroll tax withholding forms, calculation and processing of all payroll on a cycle approved by the administration of the school, direct deposits as requested, payroll tax and related benefit calculations and processing, and payroll tax reporting. 7. Purchasing – Purchasing functions will include creating purchasing requisition forms. Tracking sequenced purchase orders, encumbering funds for the orders, preparing reports for matching, and reconciling and verifying invoices to purchase orders. Guidelines and training will be provided in the internal controls mechanisms of the charter school and will be restricted to a specific group of employees. 8. Financial Reporting – The general ledger of accounts maintained by the school will be prepared on a monthly basis and made available to the Director and the Board in a timely manner. Monthly Income and expense statements and fund balances showing any substantial variances or issues of concern will also be made available. Specialized reports referencing grants, events, projects or specific departments will also be prepared as appropriate. All reporting will be based on the requirements as specified by the Collier County School District or federal, state, local, private or other enterprise grant representatives as deemed necessary. Any financial reports required for the Florida Department of Education will be prepared in a timely manner as required by code or statute. 9. Financial & Student Records – All financial and student records will be retained for the timeframe prescribed by law and will be stored in a secure, fireproof, and weatherproof safe in one of the administrative offices. RISK MANAGEMENT The Academy will use accepted risk management techniques to ensure that all risks are identified and addressed in the appropriate manner. Periodic risk evaluations will be conducted to identify any risk that may arise. Techniques that will be used include but are not limited to audit, scheduled facility inspections, claim analysis, evaluation of the school’s daily operations, and monitoring. A written plan will be presented to the Board by the Director, for emergencies to include teacher coverage, loss of electricity, evacuations, and lock-down procedures. The Director will work with city officials on this plan. Other emergency plans and procedures may be added. It will be the duty of the Director to instruct all employees on proper implementation. This written plan will be posted in each classroom. F.S. (1002.33(7)(a)11). Additional risk management controls that will be implemented include: Appropriate liability insurance will be obtained as required, the initiation of a safety awareness program among all school personnel to report any condition that may become a safety hazard and to prepare the necessary documentation of any hazards for future evaluations, a Safety Committee will be formed whose function will be to conduct periodic safety training programs, including a review of safety policies and procedures for all school personnel. This committee will also establish emergency procedures with contingency plans and provide staff training on these procedures as well. A comprehensive emergency plan will also be developed together with the local agencies in the event of a natural or manmade event, including fire evacuation, that would force the school to close. Key focus will be to provide transportation of students to a secure location and communication with parents. Unannounced fire drills and evacuation drills will be held on a monthly basis; written reports will be filed. The Academy will be equipped with approved fire equipment in proper places for easy access. Included in the new building will be fire pulls, alarm system, sprinkler systems, and fire extinguishers. All building and fire code requirements will be followed at the temporary site and then at the completed campus. Equipment will be regularly checked and recharged when necessary. An exit plan for fire will be prominently posted in each room of the building. The Marco Island Fire Department will be invited to assist in the formation of the exit plan. Teachers will review the exit plan with students at least twice a year. Lock-down procedures will follow the established policies of the Collier County School Board. Further emphasis will focus on the safety and security of all students and school personnel. Measures that will be taken to provide this safe and secure environment include: The Academy will be designated a drug-and alcohol-free workplace. Students and employees will participate in drug and alcohol prevention programs. The Academy will strive to ensure a safe and secure learning environment for all students and staff by encouraging positive behavior. Campus access will be restricted by having all guests register at the front entrance; all other school entrances will be locked with inside door releases. Access will also be controlled with entry access cards for restricted areas of the school and to ensure that there is no intrusion into the school by unwanted visitors. Procedures will be developed to ensure that students are released only to a child’s parent or legal guardian unless the Academy has written approval from the parent or guardian regarding other arrangements. Cameras will be in place throughout the school to monitor for any student activity. Other technology, such as alert buttons and cellular telephones, will be reviewed. All classrooms will be equipped with 2 way monitored intercoms that will be connected to the main office, Attendance will be checked during all classroom times; absences will be reported. First aid responders will be available at all times. A list of all first-aid trained personnel will be provided to the entire staff. First-aid procedures will be given by anyone trained and listed in the school emergency management plan. Parents and guardians will be immediately notified, if possible. The school will contact emergency services if necessary. All injuries will be reported to the Director. Safety controls will be written into the Academy’s transportation program, consistent with the provider’s own safety controls. This will ensure that students board the correct bus. Walkers and bikers will leave after the buses leave. Disruptive behavior in any situation will be dealt with immediately and segregated from the remainder of the school. Every attempt will be made to guarantee the safety and security of each student and staff member. Multiple levels of safety protocols will be implemented to ensure that students who receive medications, including over-the-counter, do so in a controlled environment. No medications will be dispensed without the appropriate parental and medical documentation required. They will be patterned after the Collier County School Board medication program. Some other safety procedures include: A required medication instruction sheet for each medication and authorization form signed by the parent or legal guardian. Written dispensing instruction from the physician(s). Medications in their original pharmaceutical container(s). Student photograph attached to the medication instruction sheet to provide graphic identification that the proper student is being provided medication. Signoff log which will be completed by the staff member dispensing the medication and witnessed. Records will be filed in a separate cabinet. The assigned staff member will maintain the record and report to the Director. INSURANCE The Marco Island Academy will acquire and submit all of the certificates of insurance evidencing the types of insurance in the required limits. We currently have certificates of insurance for directors’ insurance. We will obtain the required limits of property and liability insurance coverage for the temporary site and later for the permanent site. (F.S. 1006.24) All full time employees will be offered health insurance. Dependent health coverage and dental insurance will also be made available. All employees will be eligible to participate in the Florida Retirement System. Workers compensation will also be provided. 20. ACTION PLAN (to be Amended and Revised) MARCO ISLAND ACADEMY April 2010-August 2011 1. Meet with Collier County School Board members and superintendent to discuss Marco Island Academy.(May 2010). 2. Meet with Marco Island City Council members individually to share the design of the school.(May 2010). 3. Finalize Charter Application and obtain letters of support(April-June 2010). 4. Send Charter Application to Collier County School District to preview(May 2010). 5. Submit Charter Application Letter of Intent(May 2010). 6. Finalize revisions on the Charter School Application and SUBMIT IT PRIOR TO AUG. 1ST, 2010. 7. Continue speaking engagements with local civic organizations.(April 2010- March 2011). 8. Meet with local churches to discuss Marco Island Academy(May-Aug 2010). 9. Meet with local Resorts (Hilton and Marriott) to discuss internship possibilities(June-Aug 2010). 10. Meet with local restaurant organization to discuss Marco Island Academy(May-June 2010). 11. Meet with Ron Albeit, General Manager for Fiddler’s Creek and Marco Island Ocean Beach Resort to discuss a collaboration with the Marco Island Ocean Beach Resort with the Resort Management program(April 2010). 12. Finish Business Plan for the Marco Island Academy. (May 2010). 13. Meet with Ritz-Carlton in Naples to develop a relationship and work toward a corporate sponsorship. (May 2010). 14. Meet with Lieutenant Governor to discuss Marco Island Academy. (June 2010). 15. Launch Capital Campaign. (June 2010). 16. Introduce design for the MARCO ISLAND ACADEMY to the community(June- July 2010). 17. Send out Sponsorship letter with Naming Rights/Levels of participation (June-July 2010). 18. Set up foundation for the Academy. (May 2010). 19. Shop rates on local and national banks to establish banking relationship for best return on investment. (May 2010). 20. Schedule an initial program at Six L Farms to share information about the Academy and notify migrant workers of upcoming student enrollment opportunities. (May 2010). 21. Finalize temporary location.(May-July 2010). 22. Begin organizing fundraising events for 2010-2011.(May-October 2010). 23. Have members of Grant Committee research and prepare information for grant applications for the Academy.(May-Aug. 2010). 24. Have members of Grant Committee begin writing grant applications for the Academy. (Aug. 2010 or as soon as Charter is approved). 25. Schedule individual meetings with large potential patrons to secure donations.(May 2010-Aug 2011). 26. Have architects work on design for the Academy (July-Sept. 2010) 27. Interview builders and contractors; begin coordinating with City for permits(Oct.-Dec. 2010*depending on fundraising). 28. Hire a Director. (Jan.-March 2011). 29. Hire a Curriculum Specialist. (March-May 2011). 30. Finalize the curriculum and scheduling for the Academy (April-May 2011). 31. Schedule a program with a bilingual speaker to pre-register students for the Academy who live in 6L farms and surrounding areas(Jan. 2011). 32. Begin to pre-register students for the Marco Island Academy.(Jan-Feb. 2011). 33. Reserve portables to accommodate enrollment at temporary location. (April 2011). 34. Make sure temporary location complies with all state regulations for schools (March 2011). 35. Schedule an AICE Cambridge site visit (June 2011). 36. Schedule on-site inspection of premises by CCPS officials for county building code adherence with Marco Island Civic Association.(July 2011). 37. Hire teachers and administrative staff for the Marco Island Academy (March- June 2011). 38. Continue fundraising efforts for new school building(May 2010-Aug 2011). 39. Finalize all details to get school prepared for opening (June-Aug 2011). 40. Pre-service administrative/teaching planning(2 weeks) and teacher workshops(Aug. 2011). 41. On-site parent/student orientation. (Aug. 2011). 42. Begin Classes (Aug. 2011). APPENDIX TABLE OF CONTENTS 1. NATIONAL ADVISORY BOARD 2. ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION 3. MARCO ISLAND DISCOVERY CENTER OFFICERS 4. BYLAWS FOR THE MARCO ISLAND DISCOVERY CENTER 5. CONFLICT OF INTEREST FOR THE MARCO ISLAND DISCOVERY CENTER 6. CERTIFICATE OF LIABILITY INSURANCE 7. RESEARCH ARTICLES 8. LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION FOR MARCO ISLAND DISCOVERY CENTER BOARD OF DIRECTORS(these will be included with our Official Charter Application) 9. NEW APPLICANT TRAINING CERTIFICATE 10. LETTERS OF SUPPORT FOR THE MARCO ISLAND ACADEMY( these will be included with our Official Charter Application) THE MARCO ISLAND ACADEMY’S NATIONAL ADVISORY BOARD WILLIAM BROWNING DR. RICHARD MURPHY JEAN-MICHEL COUSTEAU RENE CHAMPAGNE RON ALBEIT William Browning is one of the green building and real estate industry’s foremost thinkers and strategists. As an advocate for sustainable design solutions at all levels of business, government, and civil society, his expertise has been sought out by organizations as diverse as Fortune 500 companies, leading universities, non-profit organizations, the US military, and foreign governments. In 1991, he founded Green Development services at Rocky Mountain Institute and was a founding member of the US Green Building Council’s Board of Directors; he still serves on the USGBC’s Governance Board. In 2006, Mr. Browning founded a new firm, Terrapin Bright Green, LLC, with longtime colleagues Mr. Fox and Mr. Cook. Education University of Colorado, Boulder, CO Bachelor of Environmental Design 1983 Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA Master of Science in Real Estate Development (MSRED) 1991 Awards National Leadership Award, USGBC, 2004 Honorary Member, American Institute of Architects, 2001 Presidents Council for Sustainable Development/Renew America Prize, 1999 Charles H. Spaulding Award, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1995 Fellowship, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for Real Estate Public Sector, 1991 Professional Affiliations Chair, Board of Governance Committee, USGBC Founding Board of Directors, Greening America Advisor, National Real Estate Advisory Council, Trust For Public Land Member, Defense Science Board Energy Task Force, US Department of Defense Peer Reviewer, Public Building Service, General Services Administration Advisor, Industry Advisory Council, US Department of State Terrapin Bright Green, LLC, New York, NY | Washington, DC 2006-Present Return To Le Enfant, Washington DC National Geographic Society Headquarters, Washington, DC Cacique Resort Development, Guanacaste, Costa Rica New Songdo City International Business District, Korea Southwest Regional Core Development, Arizona Green Branding of Starwood Hotels, Worldwide Browning + Bannon LLC, Washington, DC 2005-2007 Mt. Desert Island Biological Laboratory, Mt. Desert Island, ME Lincoln Cottage Visitor Center, Soldiers Home, Washington, DC Hackensack University Oncology Center, Hackensack, NJ John A. Clark Company, Rappahannock Academy, VA 2004-2005 Haymount Development, Haymount, VA Rocky Mountain Institute, New York, NY 1987-2004 Founder, Rocky Mountain Institute's Green Development Services The Greening of the Pentagon, Arlington, VA The Greening of the White House, Washington, DC Letterman Digital Center, Presidio, San Francisco Richard C. Murphy received a Ph.D. in Marine Ecology from the University of Southern California. He began working with Jean-Michel Cousteau and his father, Jacques Cousteau, in 1968. Since that time he has been involved in a wide variety of projects and expeditions in many remote areas around the globe. Dr. Murphy’s role in these expeditions has included serving as chief scientist, photographer, writer, educator, or project director. He has participated in Cousteau expeditions conducted in such places as Papua New Guinea, Fiji Islands, the Caribbean, Indonesia, the Mekong River in SE Asia, the Amazon, Sea of Cortez, Australia and New Zealand. Since 1973 Dr. Murphy has been involved with Jean-Michel Cousteau in the creation and implementation of field study programs for students of all ages. The objective of these programs has been to share the wonder and importance of the ocean realm with the public. Drawing on over 30 years of exploring and studying a wide variety of ecosystems and cultures, Dr. Murphy states, ―I believe a better understanding of how nature works can not only promote an appreciation for the value of our natural heritage but also help guide the next generation in living more sustainably on the planet.‖ Ph.D. in Marine/Systems Ecology (University of Southern California, 1982) - Focus on benthic community metabolism and population ecology of infauna M.A. in Marine Biology (California State University at Long Beach, 1969) - Focus on the neuroanatomy (pineal organ) of bluefin tuna B.A. in Zoology (University of California at Los Angeles, 1966) PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE Presently Director of Education and Science for Ocean Futures Society and involved in: Environmental Education Creating and implementing "Jean-Michel Cousteau's Ambassadors of the Environment Program," an environmental education program for school children and teachers to promote marine awareness, understanding of fundamental ecological principles and personal action to protect the environment. Presently being implemented on Catalina Island, Pt. Bonita and El Capitan Canyon in California; Kona, Hawaii; French Polyneisia; Cayman Islands; British Virgin Islands; and St Raphael, France; with a number of programs under development in such places as Brazil, Italy, Greece and Fiji. Creating and implementing the Sustainable Reefs program – designed to help people around the world sustainably manage their coral reefs. This program includes a video and a cartoon book, each presented in the local languages, as well as a variety of other educational resources. The video is introduced by a hero native to each country and someone with whom young people respect and can identify. The program is being implemented in conjunction with the United Nations, Association of Small Island States unit as well as in-country Government agencies and regional NGOs. Created educational content and resources for an internet educational program for schools on Keiko, the killer whale of Free Willy fame, for and with Classroom Connect a web based educational program. Created educational programs and content for the Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Islands Resort. Created storylines and edited scripts for a 52 part TV film series for children entitled, "Sea Scope‖. Written a book entitled, Coral Reefs – Cities Under the Sea, and created educational resources to help students understand how nature works and what the reef has to teach us about living more sustainably. Authored over 60 articles in scientific and popular publications. Teaching a courses, with The International Ecotourism Society and other organizations, sustainable management of coastal resources. Environmental Design / Management Fiji - Creating and implementing the environmental master plan for the Cousteau Fiji Islands Resort. This involves developing energy- and water-efficient systems, reducing/reusing waste, creating "edible landscaping" for sustainable food production and implementing integrated pest management programs. Green buildings and sustainable living infrastructure - Creating and participating in the implementation of master plans for field-study programs (Ambassadors of the Environment) on Catalina Island, California; British Virgin Islans and Grand Cayman Island; involving energy- and water-efficient systems, reducing/reusing waste, "edible landscaping" for sustainable food production, and integrating this infrastructure with an educational program to demonstrate sustainable living. Underwater photography and videography His photographic images are the basis for a series of lectures to a variety of audiences on marine biology, ecology, the relationships between humanity and nature, environmental economics, indigenous knowledge, sustainable resource management, environmental design, environmental education. Science Implementing long-term monitoring programs in the Fiji Islands to address coral reef health and vitality, natural change and human influence. Collaborating on a project with the University of Waterloo and the University of California Santa Cruz on the ground truthing of high-altitude and satellite imagery to determine coral reef health and vitality. Published and presented at scientific conferences over 30 papers Work Experience primarily with The Cousteau Society and other Cousteau Organizations (1969 to 1994) As Director and Vice President for Science and Education with The Cousteau Society, Richard's responsibilities included the following: To help formulate and communicate environmental policy and information to an international public, policy makers, scientists and children through films, books, magazines, scientific reports and papers, conferences, educational curricula, multi-media materials, and public lectures. To insure scientific accuracy in all Cousteau projects and to determine and direct scientific research on Cousteau expeditions. Richard organized research aboard Calypso, Alcyone and land-based expeditions that focused a wide variety of subjects including: Assessing the contribution of major river nutrients to ocean productivity (Mississippi, Amazon, Sepik, Mekong) Determining the effectiveness of new techniques to measure ocean productivity through natural fluorescence Measuring coral reef productivity, nutrient dynamics and bioturbation Studying echolocating swiftlets which roost in caves Assessing the sustainability of various development strategies and landscape management programs in the Amazon and Mississippi basins, Papua New Guinea, Meknog River basin, coastline of Nayarit Mexico Measuring deep sea hydrothermal vent precipitates in New Zealand Studying water pollution in the Mississippi River Determining the sustainability of the upper Sea of Cortez shrimp fishery Studying the behavior of great white sharks To research and coordinate filming expeditions in the Amazon, Sea of Cortez, Cocos Island, Channel Islands, Papua New Guinea, Australia, Mekong River, and Socorro Island, Mexico. To organize and direct scientific research conducted on the following expeditions: Amazon, Mississippi, Sea of Cortez, Thailand, New Zealand, Tahiti, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Alaska/Valdez, South Australia, Socorro Islands, British Virgin Islands, Fiji, and Nauru. To write for and edit various media, including the 21-volume Ocean World Of Jacques Cousteau series, Cousteau magazines (Calypso and Dolphin Logs), filmstrips ("Island Earth - Lessons in Human Ecology, Four Biomes, Silent Wars in the Sea, The Life of Fishes and Undersea Exploration." Educational films scripts I wrote include "Sharks - Some Truth," "Within the Coral Lace," "Fiji: A Touch of Paradise.") To serve as photographer on Cousteau expeditions in the Amazon, Mississippi, Haiti, Cuba, Alcyone's (Cousteau wind-ship) trans-Atlantic maiden voyage, Cape Horn, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Cocos Island (Costa Rica), Channel Islands (California), Australia, Indonesia, and Mekong River (Thailand, Vietnam) Jean-Michel Cousteau has been an explorer, environmentalist, educator, film producer - for more than four decades and has used his vast experiences to communicate to people of all nations and generations his love and concern for our water planet. The son of ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau, Jean-Michel spent much of his life with his family exploring the world's oceans aboard Calypso and Alcyone. Honoring his heritage, Jean-Michel founded Ocean Futures Society in 1999 to carry on this pioneering work. As Executive Vice President of The Cousteau Society for nearly 20 years, and now as Founder and President of Ocean Futures Society, Jean-Michel travels the globe, meeting with leaders and policymakers at the grassroots level and at the highest echelons of government and business. He is dedicated to educating young people, documenting stories of change and hope, and lending his reputation and support to energize alliances for positive change. Ocean Futures Society, a non-profit marine conservation and education organization, serves as a voice for the ocean by communicating in all media the critical bond between people and the sea and the importance of wise environmental policy. As Ocean Futures’ leader, Jean-Michel serves as an impassioned diplomat for the environment, reaching out to the public through a variety of media. Jean-Michel has produced over 75 films, received the Emmy, the Peabody Award, the 7 d'Or, and the Cable Ace Award. In partnership with KQED, a PBS affiliate, Jean-Michel is Executive Producer of ―Jean- Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Adventures,‖ a six-part television series airing in 2006 on PBS and internationally. Recognized as a voice for the ocean who communicates to a new generation, Jean-Michel appeared in a DVD special feature for Pixar/Disney’s Finding Nemo (Exploring the Reef with Jean-Michel Cousteau.) and in Coral Reef Adventure, a MacGillvray Freeman Films IMAX production. In addition, he produced and appeared in a DVD special feature, Case of the Sponge Bob, for Paramount Pictures’ SpongeBob SquarePants: The Movie. He also was a presenter and consultant for Sharks 3-D, an IMAX feature film. His diplomacy on behalf of water and ocean issues includes his success in convincing President George W. Bush to name the Northwest Hawaiian Islands a National Monument after screening his PBS documentary on the subject at The White House in 2006. The NWHI National Monument is the largest protect area in the world—larger than 46 of America’s states. His collaboration with Green Cross International and the Natural Resources Defense Council on issues of global water security, protection of sensitive marine areas, prevention of oil spills, and prevention of the use of damaging sonar systems have been long-standing achievements. Jean-Michel has served as a spokesman on water issues at the United Nations World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, at the 3rd World Water Forum in Kyoto, and at the Dialogues on Water for Life and Security in Barcelona. His diplomatic achievements as a voice for the ocean were recognized in December 2003 when he was the first person to receive the Ocean Hero Award from Oceana, recognizing his commitment to communicate the value of the oceans and the threats they face to people of all nations and generations. For over 30 years, Jean-Michel and his team have conducted a hands-on environmental education program now called Ambassadors of the Environment in over seven countries, reaching thousands of people in a personal and in-depth way to change views on sustainable living and personal responsibility to the environment. This unique program is land and sea-based, with sites at pristine environments, vacation resorts and on cruise ships. In 2004, he launched the Sustainable Reefs Program, a package of materials including a CD-ROM, cartoon book, and video on how to sustainably manage the coral reef system, to be distributed at no cost to communities bordering coral reef ecosystems around the world. The international organization Reef Check acknowledged Jean-Michel’s efforts to protect the world’s reefs by giving him their Poseidon/Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006. Through Ocean Futures Society, Jean-Michel continues to produce environmentally oriented programs and television specials, public service announcements, multi-media programs for schools, web-based marine content, books, articles for magazines and newspaper columns, and public lectures, reaching millions of people globally. He is the editor and contributing author of Water Culture, a collection of photographs and interviews calling attention to the global issues of water. In 2004, he authored My Father, the Captain, his depiction of life as the son of Jacques Cousteau. In January 2003, Jean-Michel was inducted into the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame, joining other diving pioneers, and in recognition of his belief that the privilege of diving in the world’s ocean is also a call to action to protect it. In February 2002, Jean-Michel became the first person to represent the Environment in the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games, joining luminaries including Archbishop Desmond Tutu (Africa), John Glenn (The Americas), Kazuyoshi Funaki (Asia), Lech Walesa (Europe), Cathy Freeman (Oceania), Jean- Claude Killy (Sport), and Steven Spielberg (Culture). He also has served on the Board of Directors of the Athens Environmental Foundation for the Athens 2004 Olympic Games. In 1999, he merged the Jean-Michel Cousteau Institute with the Free Willy Keiko Foundation to continue research and care for Keiko, the captive killer whale of film fame. In the first attempt ever to return a captive orca to the wild, Jean-Michel and his team pioneered both husbandry techniques and scientific research on wild orcas. In 2002, Keiko was released and crossed the Atlantic Ocean. He was then entrusted to the Humane Society for continued monitoring and care. In 1998, Jean-Michel was honored with the Environmental Hero Award, presented to him by Vice President Gore at the White House National Oceans Conference. In April of1998, highlighting the International Year of the Ocean, Jean-Michel participated in a live downlink from the Space Shuttle Columbia to CNN New York, discussing NASA's contribution to ocean awareness with astronaut marine biologist, Rick Linnehan. Also in 1998, he was a spokesperson for the United States Pavilion at Expo '98 in Lisbon, Portugal. In 1997 on Earth Day, Jean-Michel led the first undersea live, interactive, video chat on Microsoft Internet, from the coral reefs of Fiji, celebrating the International Year of the Reef and answering questions from 'armchair divers' throughout the world Acting on a childhood dream to build cities under the sea, Jean-Michel pursued a degree in architecture, graduating from the Paris School of Architecture in 1964. He remains a member of the Ordre National des Architectes, the French counterpart of the American Institute of Architects. Artificial floating islands, schools, and an advanced marine studies center in Marseilles, France, are among his projects. More recently, he has been involved with the Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Islands Resort, designed to demonstrate an environmentally and culturally oriented family resort, proving to the business community the economic benefits of exercising environmental concern and design. In order to expand the impact of ecological tourism, he created L’Aventure Jean-Michel Cousteau, a flagship dive operation at the resort in Fiji that bears his name. He is currently forming an action partnership to expand this ecologically responsible model to other sites. In 2005, the resort was awarded Conde Naste’s highest award for small resort environmental design. In 1969, Jean-Michel headed the team that transformed a 100,000 square foot section of the former ocean liner, Queen Mary, into the Living Sea Museum in Long Beach, California. He was a member of the selection committee for the International NASA/AIA Space Station design competition in 1972. He also directed the design and development of the Parc Oceanique Cousteau in Paris, a public attraction that introduced new ways of teaching visitors about the ocean without captive animals. In recognition of his many and diverse contributions to learning, Pepperdine University awarded Jean- Michel an Honorary Doctor’s Degree in Humane Letters in 1976. He has received DEMA’s 1994 Reaching Out Award and the 1995 NOGI Award from the Academy of Underwater Arts and Sciences. In 1996, Jean- Michel was awarded the SeaKeepers Award from Showboats International, and the John M. Olguin Marine Environment Award from the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium. Rene Champagne has been actively engaged in the higher education community of the United States for the past 25 years. He retired in January 2008 after serving as Chairman and CEO of ITT Educational Services, Inc., a leading provider of degree level programs of study focused on career fields influenced by technology. Following his retirement from the business world, Mr. Champagne joined the board of directors of the Career College Association that represents more than 1,400 private sector colleges nationally. He has served two terms as the association's Chairman. He served as a Naval officer during the Viet Nam War. Mr. Champagne and his wife are residents of Marco Island, Florida and maintain a second home in Indianapolis, IN. He is a graduate of the University of Connecticut. Ron Albeit has been the General Manager of The Club & Spa at Fiddler's Creek since 2006. The world- class resort community encompasses The Golf Club, The Tarpon Club and The Tarpon Club Marina. He also acts as the Hotel Advisor at the Marco Beach Ocean Resort. Ron Albeit has more than 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry managing luxury resort and hotel facilities, including two decades with the five-star rated Boca Raton Resort & Club. He spent five years as general manager of the Registry Resort in Naples and was made Area General Manager by the parent corporation, Luxury Resorts, Inc. to include the Edgewater Beach Hotel and Club. While at the Registry, he launched The Premier Club of Naples, a private membership for the Naples Grande Golf Club. Albeit helped found the Florida Gulf Coast University Resort & Hospitality management degree program and served as the Chair on the Sugden Resort & Hospitality Building Committee which has since been erected. He currently serves as the Chair of the Florida Gulf Coast University Resort & Hospitality Advisory and Steering Committee boards and continues as an Adjunct Professor at the university. Albeit has served on the board of directors for the Naples Visitors Bureau, the Tourist Development Council and the Chamber of Commerce. Ron Albeit holds an MBA and accounting degrees from Lynn University in Boca Raton. ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION OFFICER BIOS: MARCO ISLAND DISCOVERY CENTER CHAIR Jane Watt received a Bachelor’s degree from Miami University of Ohio with a major in Zoology and a minor in Spanish. She studied Spanish in Puebla, Mexico at La Universidad de las Americas. After graduation, she worked as a pharmaceutical sales specialty representative for Eli Lilly and Company for four years. She was also District Manager of the Cleveland division of Southeast Equity Title for five years. Ten years ago she left her career to raise her family. Now she is a full time mother raising three children ages ten, seven and three. Since moving to Florida five years ago, she has been an active volunteer at Tommie Barfield Elementary School. In January, 2009, she began volunteering for the Marco Island Academy and is a founding Board member of the Marco Island Discovery Center. VICE CHAIR Jody Barrett received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. After graduation, she began volunteering in the art program at North Shore University Hospital's pediatric ward in Manhasset, New York. Jody began a career in retail in Manhattan and was quickly promoted to an executive level. After working for 10 years, she left her position to raise a family. Currently, she is at the helm of her family’s private real estate investment company. Jody moved from New York to Naples in August 2009. Since moving to Florida, she has been devoting her time to the Marco Island Academy and was selected to serve on the Board of the Marco Island Discovery Center in February, 2010. TREASURER Kimberly Polley received a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from St Cloud State University in MN. After graduation, she worked as a pharmaceutical sales representative with Pharmacia & Upjohn for six years in Dallas, TX and San Diego, CA. Currently she is a Realtor with Keller Williams Realty on Marco Island. She serves on Keller Williams’ Educational Committee. She is also a recent graduate of the Marco Island Association of Realtors Leadership Program. Kim and her husband moved to Marco Island six years ago. They now have two children, ages seven and three. Kim is an active volunteer at Tommie Barfield Elementary School. She joined the Marco Island Discovery Center Board in October, 2009. SECRETARY Dianne Wetjen graduated summa cum laude from Allegheny College in the field of education. She holds a Master’s Degree from Florida State University and many hours of post- graduate work at Long Island University. She worked as a reading consultant for 24 years. She was appointed as Project Director of a New York State Education dissemination grant called project CHILD for four years. She is a national and international speaker on the relationship between reading, math and writing. She and her husband have a son, Eric Wetjen Ph.D and a grandson, Kyle. Upon retirement to Marco Island, she has been president of several local organizations, including Newcomers Club, Friends of the Library and AAUW. She worked with the Marco Charter Middle School for eight years and served as Secretary of the Board for four of those years. She has been serving on the Marco Island Discovery Center Board since October, 2009. These are the bylaws we have been using for the 501(c) (3). We will adopt revisions and develop more specific bylaws as we transition into the Marco Island Academy Board. BYLAWS of THE MARCO ISLAND DISCOVERY CENTER, INC. INTRODUCTION 1. These bylaws constitute the code of rules adopted by THE MARCO ISLAND DISCOVERY CENTER, INC. for the regulation and management of its affairs. MEMBERSHIP 2. The Corporation shall have no "members". DIRECTORS 3. Definition of Board of Directors: The Board of Directors is that group of persons vested with the management of the business and affairs of this Corporation subject to the law, the Articles of Incorporation, and these bylaws. 4. Qualifications: Directorships shall not be denied to any person on the basis of race, creed, sex, religión, or national origin. 5. Number of Directors: The Board of Directors shall consist of three natural persons. The number of directors shall be determined from time to time by Resolution of the Board of Directors. 6. Terms and Election of Directors: The Directors shall serve indefinite terms until they resign or are removed in accordance with the provisions of these bylaws. 7. Procedure at Board Meetings: The rules contained in the Handbook on Parliamentary Procedure ("Robert's Rules of Order") shall govern the meetings of the board of directors. 8. Resignations: Any Director can resign at any time by delivering a written resignation to the Chairperson of the board or to the Secretary of the Corporation. Resignations of directors shall become effective immediately or on the date specified therein and vacancies will be deemed to exist as of such effective date. 9. Removal: Any director may be removed at any time (with or without cause) by a vote of 2/3rds of the total number incumbent directors (not counting vacancies) at a meeting of the board of directors properly calied in accordance with the terms of these bylaws. Directors may be removed by a vote of the board of directors (at a properly called meeting) when the director in question has missed two consecutive (properly called) meetings of the board of directors. 10. Vacancies: Vacancies can be created by resignations, remováis, or an increase in the size of the board of directors. Vacancies on the Board of Directors can only be filled by a majority vote of the remaining Directors, though less than a quorum. 11. Place of Director's Meetings: Meetings of the board of directors, regular or special, will be held at the primary place of business for this Corporation or at any other place within or without the State of Florida as provided or such place or places as the board of directors may desígnate by resolution duly adopted. 12. Meetings: Meetings of the Board of Directors may be called by: A. the Board of Directors B. the Chairperson C. the Secretary upon the written request of a majority of directors 13. Notice of Board Meetings: Notice of all board meetings shall be give to each board member no less than two (2) days ñor more than ten (10) days prior to the meeting. 14. Waiver of Notice: Attendance by a Director at any meeting of the Board of Directors will constitute a waiver of notice of such meeting except where such Director attends the meeting for the express purpose of objecting, at the beginning of the meeting, to the transaction of business because the meeting is not lawfully called or convened. 15. Quorum: A majority of the incumbent directors (not counting vacancies) shall constitute a Quorum for the conduct of business. At Board meetings where a quorum is present, a majority vote of the Directors attending shall constitute an act of the Board unless a greater number is required by the Articles of Incorporation or any provisión of these bylaws. 16. Self Dealing: No director shall use confídential information gained by reason of being a member of the board of directors for personal gain to the detriment of the Corporation. OFFICERS 17. Roster of Officers: The Board of Directors may, from time to time, appoint such officers as it deems necessary or appropriate to perform designated duties and functions. At a minimum the Corporation shall have a Chairperson/Vice President and Secretary. 18. Chairperson: The Chairperson shall preside at all board meetings, be responsible for preparing agendas for board meetings, and shall exercise parliamentary control in accordance with Roberts Rules of Order. 19. Secretary: The Secretary will keep minutes of all meetings of the Board of Directors, will be the custodian of the corporate records, will give all notices as are required by law or these bylaws, and generally, will perform all duties incident to the office of Secretary and such other duties as may be required by law, by the Articles of Incorporation, or by these bylaws. 20. President or Executive Director: In the event that this Corporation has funding to retain staff or consultants to carry out its activities it is expected that the Board of Directors will desígnate one person to oversee and supervise day to day operations (for purposes of these bylaws that person, if so designated, is hereinafter referred to as the chief executive officer or "CEO"). If a CEO has been so designated the Board of Directors, in its discretion, may adopt a Resolution conferring upon him or her the title of "President" or "Executive Director". A paid CEO shall not be a member of the Board of Directors but, generally, should be expected to attend all of its meetings unless such attendance is not reasonably possible. The CEO, if one has been designated, shall serve an indefinite term until he or she resigns or is removed by the board of directors (subject to any relevant employment or consulting contract). 21. Treasurer: The Treasurer shall maintain a record of all monies received and disbursed and carry out all financial operations of the Corporation in compliance with the Articles of Incorporation, these By-Laws, Resolutions, and in compliance with I.R.C Section 501(c)(3). 21. Selection and Removal of Officers: All officers shall serve indefinite terms. As a general rule the Board of Directors shall review its officers once a year for the purpose of considering whether or not to keep or replace them (but this review, however, is not mandatory). An officer shall remain in office until his or her successor has been selected. Any officer elected or appointed to office may be removed by the Board of Directors whenever in their judgment the best interests of this Corporation will be served. Such removal, however, will be without prejudice to any relevant contract rights of such Officer. INFORMAL ACTION 22. Waiver of Notice: Whenever any notice is required to be given under the provisions of the law, the Articles of Incorporation, or these bylaws, a waiver of such notice in writing signed by the person or persons entitled to notice, whether before or after the time stated in such waiver, will be deemed equivalent to the giving of such notice. Such waiver must, in the case of a special meeting of members, specify the general nature of the business to be transacted. 23. Action by Consent: Any action required by law or under the Articles of Incorporation or by these bylaws, or any action which otherwise may be taken at a meeting of the board of directors may be taken without a meeting if a consent in writing, setting forth the action so taken, is signed by all of the persons entitled to vote with respect to the subject matter of such consent, or all directors in office, and filed with the secretary of the Corporation. COMMITTEES 24. Appointment of Committees: The Board of Directors may from time to time desígnate and appoint one or more standing committees as it sees fit. Such committees shall have and exercise such prescribed authority as is designated by the Board of Directors. 25. Executive Committee: The officers of this Corporation as designated in the bylaws (or, subsequently, by Resolution of the Board of Directors) shall constitute the executive committee. The board of directors may (if it so chooses) adopt a Resolution appointing other persons to serve on the Executive Committee. The Chairperson shall act as chairperson of the executive committee. The Executive Committee may assist the Chairperson in preparing agendas for upcoming meetings of the Board of Directors and shall have such other authority as may be given to it from time to time by Resolution of the Board of Directors. OPERATIONS 26. Inspection of Books and Records: All books and records of this Corporation may be inspected by any Director for any purpose at any reasonable time on written demand. 27. Loans to Management: This Corporation will make no loans to any of its Directors or Officers. 28. Execution of Documente: Except as otherwise provided by law; checks, drafts, and orders for the payment of money of this Corporation shall be signed by at least two persons who have previously been designated by a Resolution of the board of directors. Contracts, promissory notes, leases, or other instruments executed in the ñame of and on behalf of the Corporation shall be signed by one or more person who have been authorized and directed to do so by the board of directors. No contract shall be valid unless it is authorized or ratified by a properly adopted Resolution of the board of directors. AMENDMENTS 29. The Board of Directors may adopt Articles of Amendment (amending the Articles of Incorporation). Articles of Amendment must be adopted in accordance with Florida Law. The bylaws may be amended at anytime by a vote of the majority of directors at a meeting where a quorum is present. PUBLIC STATEMENTS 30. Authority to make Statements No person, except for the Chairperson or the Executive Director (if one has been appointed by the Board of Directors) shall be authorized to make any public statements, whether written or oral, purporting to represent the official policy, position, or opinión of this Corporation, without first having obtained the approval of the Board of Directors. 31. Limitation on Statements. Any person who is authorized to make any public statement, whether written or oral, purporting to represent the official policy, position, recommendation or opinión of the Corporation, shall first make it clear that he or she is representing the Corporation. Thereafter, throughout the entire presentation, he or she shall confine his/her presentation only to those matters which have been properly approved by the Corporation. He or she shall not at the same time present any statement purporting to represent any other firm, group, or organization or purporting to represent his or her own personal views. INDEMNIFICATION 32. Any person (and the heirs, executors and administrators of such person) made or threatened to be made a party to any action, suit of proceeding by reason of the fact that he or she is or was a Director or Officer of the Corporation shall be indemnified by the Corporation against any and all liability and the reasonable expenses, including attorney's fees and disbursements, incurred by him (or by his heirs, executors or administrators) in connection with the defense or settlement of such action, suit or proceeding, or in connection with any appearance therein, except in relation to matters as to which it shall be adjudged in such action, suit or proceeding that such Director or Officer ¡s Hable for negligence or misconduct in the performance of his duties. Such right of indemnification shall not be deemed exclusive of any other rights to which such Director or Office (or such heirs, executors of administrators) may be entitled apart from this Article. CERTIFICATION I hereby certify that these bylaws were adopted by the Board of Directors of this Corporation at their meeting held on , 2009 . Secretary *****Our Secretary, Dianne Wetjen has the signed copies of the Bylaws and Conflict of Interest. Unfortunately, her husband had heart surgery on Fri. and suffered a major heart attack on Sat. I can get the signed copies for you upon request.
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