NewsMakers: Kamela Patton, Part 1
Discusses testing and funding.
NewsMakers: Kamela Patton, Part 2
On Immokalee's football coach.
NewsMakers: Steve McIntosh
Reviews competing hospital proposals.
Education and local hospitals and development are in the spotlight for this week’s "Naples Daily NewsMakers with Jeff Lytle" program airing this morning at 10 on ABC7.
Kamela Patton, Collier County superintendent of schools, discusses testing, funding, the new Immokalee football coach, Gov. Rick Scott’s job performance and bringing students’ tech devices into the classroom.
Steve McIntosh, Bonita Springs vice mayor, reviews competing hospital proposals for Bonita/Estero, homeless shelter zoning plans, Estero incorporation and the Lee County impact fee moratorium proposal.
Video highlights will be available Monday at naplesnews.com/news
Lytle: Will the community be asked to take sides and pick one of the hospitals proposed for the Bonita Springs/Estero area, or recommend one, because the state regulators will decide which one should be approved, and the community ... their input might be welcome.
McIntosh: Well, I hope it is ... we try to have citizen input on every decision we make, and I hope the state would ask the same thing.
We haven’t heard anything from the (NCH Healthcare System) folks, so maybe we’ll have a third ...
Lytle: Are you serious?
McIntosh: Well, I think it’s a possibility. NCH has been a vital part of this area generally, and I haven’t talked to NCH CEO Dr. Allen Weiss, but you know, it’s always possible.
Lytle: The governor is coming up on the halfway point of his first term. And I’ve heard you go both ways on his policies. You seem to pick and choose your fights. Overall, you would give Gov. Rick Scott an education report card with what grade?
Patton: I think, honestly, he’s earning that A nowadays, because he really is listening. I mean, he spent the day here — three courses he taught in Immokalee High School, two at the middle school and two at the elementary school, and really stayed with them the whole day. He did an awesome job and really learned a lot, and that was his whole purpose.
So you know, you have to give someone credit to do that when they don’t know about something ... because remember, his first year he really wiped out education funds, but then really said, "Let me go back see."