'Daily NewsMakers with Jeff Lytle' ... Naples Daily News’ Lighthouse Project; Controversy at the Naples Zoo, Collier County Public Schools’ teachers’ reviews

Issues range from the Naples Daily News’ Lighthouse Project to the controversy at the Naples Zoo to Collier County Public Schools’ teachers’ reviews on "Naples Daily NewsMakers with Jeff Lytle’’ airing this morning at 10 on ABC7.

Guests: Daily News managing editor for news reporting Jeff Bruce and staff writer Victoria Macchi; historical artist Paul Arsenault and zoo director David Tetzlaff; and Collier County School Board member Pat Carroll.

Video highlights are at naplesnews.com/newsmakers


NewsMakers: Lighthouse Project Part 2

Project looks at who we are now.

Victoria Macchi and Jeff Bruce

Lytle: One of the milestones in Collier County history in my time here was when the minorities ... you add them together and they make up a majority of the school population in Collier County Public Schools.

Macchi: It’s something we talked about with a few Hispanic leaders in town, and you know, they are very aware of that. How are we going to deal with that? What is that actually going to mean? I think that’s one of the things that came out in our coverage. We’re really going to have to look into that, explore it more, from the news side of things.

Lytle: Next week, Chapter 3 of the Lighthouse Project.

Bruce: Right. We started with history. This week we’re looking at a snapshot of where we are today, and then next week we’re going to be taking a look at some of the efforts that have been made in the past to envision what the future should be like.


NewsMakers: Zoo Pond Debate

Are we going to be able to ...

Paul Arsenault and David Tetzlaff

(Editor’s note: These are quotes from statements made at different times in the interview)

Arsenault: For me, moving the pond or altering the pond is non-negotiable. I think that ... having a driveway in front of the zoo there is not necessary.

We can design it, and we as a community have spoken in a big way with the letters to the editor. And I have been constantly contacted by very upset people ... a lot of them members of the zoo that had no idea.

Tetzlaff: There are a number of different things that we’re working on.

I’m all about trying to save some of that pond, Jeff. I mean my parents built that bridge over it in 1971 when the zoo grew and needed more parking. So I would love to have a deep water feature around there.


NewsMakers: Pat Carroll

She talks about the Florida budget.

Pat Carroll

Lytle: What feedback are you getting from teachers and others in the school system about the new annual teacher reviews that had everybody so tense at the beginning of the school year?

How is that going and what are you hearing?

Carroll: So much of that depends on the principal. If the principal works with the teachers in an open communication, you know, very honest about the approach, then the school is less apprehensive.

Interesting that it falls back on the principal and how they’re presenting.

Lytle: OK.

Carroll: But there’s not much scuttlebutt about it right now. I think some people recognize it’s a done deal, and we have to wait and see the unintended complications of it.

Some people say that this type of performance evaluation will result in less teamwork. I’m not sure that’s going to happen. But we have to evaluate everything as we move forward.

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