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).
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).
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
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
12. Demonstrate gains in student performance.
13. Participate in training.
14. Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the Director.
responsibilities are subject to having performance goals and/or targets established
as part of the annual performance planning process or as the result of
13. PARENT AND COMMUNITY SUPPORT AND PARTNERSHIPS
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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:
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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 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.
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).
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 reporting protocol required by statue or state administrative code applying to charter
schools will be adhered to.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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-
8. Meet with local churches to discuss Marco Island Academy(May-Aug 2010).
9. Meet with local Resorts (Hilton and Marriott) to discuss internship
10. Meet with local restaurant organization to discuss Marco Island
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
15. Launch Capital Campaign. (June 2010).
16. Introduce design for the MARCO ISLAND ACADEMY to the community(June-
17. Send out Sponsorship letter with Naming Rights/Levels of participation
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.
33. Reserve portables to accommodate enrollment at temporary location. (April
34. Make sure temporary location complies with all state regulations for schools
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-
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
41. On-site parent/student orientation. (Aug. 2011).
42. Begin Classes (Aug. 2011).
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
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
DR. RICHARD MURPHY
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.
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
National Leadership Award, USGBC, 2004
Honorary Member, American Institute of Architects, 2001
Presidents Council for Sustainable Development/Renew America
Charles H. Spaulding Award, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1995
Fellowship, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for Real Estate
Public Sector, 1991
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
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
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
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
Haymount Development, Haymount, VA
Rocky Mountain Institute, New York, NY
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)
Presently Director of Education and Science for Ocean Futures Society and involved in:
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
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
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
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
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.
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
Published and presented at scientific conferences over 30 papers
Work Experience primarily with The Cousteau Society and other Cousteau Organizations
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)
effectiveness of new techniques to measure ocean productivity through natural
Measuring coral reef productivity, nutrient dynamics and bioturbation
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
sustainability of the upper Sea of Cortez shrimp fishery
Studying the behavior of great white
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
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
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,
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.
THE MARCO ISLAND DISCOVERY CENTER, INC.
1. These bylaws constitute the code of rules adopted by THE MARCO
ISLAND DISCOVERY CENTER, INC. for the regulation and management of its
2. The Corporation shall have no "members".
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
I hereby certify that these bylaws were adopted by the Board of Directors of this
Corporation at their meeting held on , 2009 .
*****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.