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Collier County superintendent Kamela Patton

— Collier County School Board members made it loud and clear Tuesday evening that they are happy with the work of Superintendent Kamela Patton.

Board members proposed extending Patton's contract by two years until June 2016. They said the extension would provide the community and the district with stability and allow Patton to continue the positive momentum she created in her first year.

The district has had a high turnover rate with five superintendents in the past 12 years.

"It sends the message we're in this for the long term," Board Vice-Chair Barbara Berry said. "We want her to be able to develop what she's started."

The contract extension is a result of Patton's positive one-year evaluation.

Board members rated Patton on eight goals, including communication, governance, and community partnerships. She exceeded board expectations by receiving a 3.76 out of a 4 point grading scale. She needed a 2.4 or above to be considered satisfactory.

"In my opinion, this is someone we want to encourage to stay," Board Chair Roy Terry said. "By doing this, we would recognize the outstanding job she has done this year and it will stabilize her place in this community."

The board will officially vote on the extension and the amended contract language at its July meeting. Sprague said she hopes this will give the public an opportunity to speak with board members regarding the proposal.

Patton expressed her gratitude for the contract extension.

"Thank you so much for what is an obvious validation of the work we've collectively done," Patton said. "It feels like a home, not a job."

Patton's only lower marks on the evaluation were in areas such as closing the achievement gap and standardized test scores.

Her goals for the 2012-13 school year will address those gaps, she said, by placing an emphasis on parent involvement and by preparing teachers and administrators for the nationally adopted common core standards that will replace the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test in 2014.

"I really do look forward to having an opportunity to stabilize the community too," Patton said. "A big, huge thank you."

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Comments » 2

OldMarcoMan writes:

Because his staff and crew did such a good job on the FCATs ?????

RayPray writes:

Dig & you find her collegiate credentials to be nearly as dubious as those boasted by DOCTOR Riviera, PhD.

Sadly, Florida does seem the magnet for these overpaid academic bindlestiffs....

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