Sunday's "Naples Daily NewsMakers with Jeff Lytle" program, which aired at at 10 a.m. on ABC7 looks ahead. What will the new Hertz global headquarters in Estero look like and how will it fit in neighbors? Todd Poste and Rich Broome, Hertz executive vice presidents, offer a tour via architects’ renderings. Also, Pat Carroll, Collier County School Board chair for 2013-14, outlines her goals for adding more School Board oversight of the superintendent.
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NewsMakers-Hertz part 1
New Hertz headquarters in Estero
NewsMakers-Hertz part 2
Todd Poste and Rich Broome
Lytle: The glass on your main building will not only be special glass so that the heat will not get in, but it will also change colors at different times of the day depending on the sun angle.
Poste: Correct; it’s a high-efficiency glass. It has a film or a coating applied, which is kind of a metal oxide coating. And then depending on the color of the sky, the actual building takes on a different shade. If it’s a bright blue sky, it’s going to be fairly white. If it’s gray, it’ll turn a little bit more gray. It’s kind of an illusion for your eyes.
Broome: But the important point about the glass is that it has very high energy efficiency, and as you’ve known, we’ve really been pushing sustainability as part of our reason for building this kind of headquarters.
Lytle: What will it look like at night?
Poste: Well, that’s an interesting question. I mean part of the goals ... parts of the Lee’s strategy is that you can’t have any light that escapes the property line.
Broome: And that’s important for our neighbors in Rapallo? They don’t want a lot of ambient light at night, which we totally understand. So we’re building in that efficiency in the building as well.
Lytle: So it’s not going to be sitting there glowing like a Christmas tree ornament.
NewsMakers - Pat Carroll
Pat Carroll, Collier County School Board Chair
Lytle: You say your goal is to have additional accountability for or oversight of the superintendent (Kamela Patton). You did not fill out a job evaluation for her last time. And that’s a big deal.
Lytle: And you told me, and we published this, that the reason you didn’t put out an evaluation because you were critical of the superintendent in terms of her pressing for a data-driven results. She pressed staff to do more and do better, and you didn’t want your comments to be taken out of context and maybe make the whole administration fall apart.
Carroll: Yes, and I believe timing is very important when you start bringing forth issues of concern. And, yes, I am concerned about the fact she micromanages. We have staff who will not make decisions unless running it past her, and therefore our school-based administrators are not receiving the support they need.
Our principals are stressed. I’m concerned about some of their health. And she is reactionary in some of the projects. The moment she thinks something is a good idea, she immediately starts implementing it without due process.
And these are some of the issues that I think the board needs to address and hold her accountable on.