Q&A: Schools Super Patton talks testing, budgets and the future
Published 07/10/2012 at 5:30 a.m.
The Daily News recently sat down with Patton to talk about her first year, the budget and testing challenges the district faces, and her hopes for Collier students.
Local landscapers embracing green lawn practices
Published 07/06/2012 at 5 a.m.
People want to see great things, beautiful estuaries, she said. Were the ones that determine that. Greenscapes uses less herbicides and pesticides because the employees are educated, Nelson said.
Former Lely student accepts 50-year plea agreement in murder case
Published 06/26/2012 at 5:30 a.m.
Before jury selection began in his first-degree murder case Tuesday, a 22-year-old former Lely High School student accepted a 50-year plea agreement.
Collier Schools don't keep pace with others with high number of English language learners
Published 06/19/2012 at 6:30 a.m.
In comparison to other counties with a similar percentage of ELL students, such as Martin County on Floridas east coast, the district has a far way to go to improving test scores.
Collier School Board proposes contract extension for Superintendent Patton
Published 06/13/2012 at 7 a.m. 2 Comments
The contract extension is a result of Pattons positive one-year evaluation. Board members rated Patton on eight goals, including communication, governance, and community partnerships. She exceeded board ex
2 Collier principals removed as summer shuffle begins
Published 06/13/2012 at 6 a.m.
Superintendent Kamela Patton also hired Fred Conde, a former colleague from Miami-Dade County Public Schools, to serve as the districts assistant superintendent.
Schools, parks to feed hungry children this summer
Published 06/08/2012 at 6:59 p.m.
This summer the Collier County Public Schools Nutrition Services Department is teaming up with the Collier County Department of Parks and Recreation to provide the summer food service program to feed children in 18 locations across the county.
Bradbury’s death personal to local librarians, authors
Published 06/06/2012 at 7:17 p.m.
“I practically grew up with him,” said Sheldon Kaye, director of the Lee County Library System. “He’s so imaginative, you felt like (you were) home when reading Ray Bradbury.”
Collier, Lee students score near state average on FCAT reading and math tests
Published 06/06/2012 at 6 a.m. 2 Comments
Collier fourth graders scored higher than Florida fourth graders as a whole with 61 percent of Collier students passing the reading test and 59 percent passing the math test. Collier scores in grades five th
Sunshine State? Cloud cover blocks view of transit of Venus in Southwest Florida
Published 06/05/2012 at 9:46 p.m.
“Who would have thought here in Naples there would be no sun,” said Naples High School science teacher Bart Thomas, who organized the viewing.
Collier grads prepare for new beginning celebrate a little first
Updated 06/01/2012 at 8:44 p.m.
If we have the determination to be the best, we will always succeed, said Emily Caputo who plans to attend Harvard University. Our class showed the commitment and perseverance that will serve us well in the comi
Collier students score above average on state algebra exam; Lee students below
Updated 06/01/2012 at 4:52 p.m.
Florida students did better than expected across the board on the tough end-of-course algebra assessment, and almost nine out of ten middle schoolers who took the assessment passed and earned the algebra credit they will need to graduate from high ...
20 percent of Collier 3rd graders fail FCAT reading
Updated 05/24/2012 at 5:51 p.m.
Twenty percent of Collier third graders could be retained in the third grade based on FCAT reading scores released Thursday. Overall, Collier third-graders performed below the state average.
About half of local high school students fail FCAT test
Updated 05/18/2012 at 6:18 p.m. 19 Comments
About half of the students in Collier and Lee counties did not pass the FCAT reading test this year. Students across the state of Florida scored just as poorly, putting them at risk for graduation.
Superintendents: Miscommunication about FCAT changes to blame for low writing scores
Published 05/16/2012 at 5:30 a.m. 1 Comment
Somewhere theres a miss. Somewhere theres a disconnect, Collier Superintendent Kamela Patton said. Theres no way scores drop 50-60 points.
School districts to be held harmless for low FCAT writing scores
Published 05/15/2012 at 2:29 p.m.
The State Board of Education announced today that school districts would be held harmless this year for the drastically low writing Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test scores, which were announced Monday.
Collier School Board approves $16.5 million cuts, expects more in years to come
Published 05/08/2012 at 9:57 p.m. 1 Comment
The cuts include reducing central office and school budgets, and eliminating 100 jobs, including central office and related arts and media specialist positions.
Collier schools to present budget, job cuts at regular meeting today
Published 05/08/2012 at 6:55 a.m.
The Collier School district will present $16.5 million in budget reductions, including the elimination of 100 positions, to the Collier County School Board at Tuesday's regular board meeting.
In recovery? Luxury items selling at brisker pace in Naples area than a year ago
Published 05/03/2012 at 7:30 p.m.
Special report: Naples high-end car dealerships, boat retailers and jewelers say that for the first time since businesses first felt the economy falter in 2008, demand spiked for their luxury products this season. First quarter sales in 2012 were up ...
In recovery? High gas prices keep SUV sales at slow pace
Published 05/03/2012 at 6:48 p.m.
Special report: Even with a rebounding economy, Toyota and other local car dealerships said sales have fallen off for gas-guzzling SUVs and trucks. Dealerships said memories of the recession and fluctuating gas prices are making car-buyers more conservative and money-conscious.
100 Collier school district positions to be cut due to budget crunch
Published 05/01/2012 at 11:29 p.m.
Collier schools Superintendent Kamela Patton said the cuts will save the district about $6 million. In addition, the district will present $10.5 million in non-position cuts to the School Board at next week’s regular board meeting.
Collier School District: Teacher raises on hold indefinitely
Published 04/30/2012 at 6 p.m.
Collier school teachers might not get a raise anytime soon, according to the district's most recent salary proposal.
Michelle Obama makes whirlwind campaign stop in Collier County
Published 04/27/2012 at 9:57 p.m.
The first lady made a whirlwind three-hour, three-stop tour, where she chatted with school children, rallied campaign volunteers and dazzled donors.
Fill ‘em up: New program provides free dinners to students in need
Published 04/16/2012 at 8:47 p.m.
More than 90 percent of the students at Golden Terrace are economically needy. That’s why the nonprofit, After School Programs Kids, stepped in to provide more than 300 free dinners a day to students in eight Collier County elementary schools.
It's time: FCAT testing begins Monday
Published 04/15/2012 at 4:20 p.m.
It's the start of the week Florida students dread.
More than 1,200 honor excellence in teaching at Golden Apple ceremony
Published 04/11/2012 at 10:06 p.m.
It was a night of ball gowns, passion and praise as the community celebrated excellence in teaching at the Golden Apple ceremony on Wednesday.
Collier School officials encourage voters to renew operating fund referendum
Published 03/27/2012 at 9:26 p.m.
The referendum allows the district to increase its operating fund by a quarter mill and decrease its capital fund by the same amount. That means the district could move about $14 million each year from the c
North Naples eighth grader is Collier’s top speller, ‘King Bee’
Updated 03/26/2012 at 10:04 p.m.
The king or queen bee will receive a trophy, a check and a trip to Washington, D.C. to participate in the Scripps National Spelling Bee which begins May 30. This year, 277 spellers will compete for the title of the ...
Collier Schools employee calls for tougher sanctions on director who 'bullied employees'
Published 03/13/2012 at 8:51 p.m. 1 Comment
During Tuesday's School Board meeting, Steve Bidelman, a technician in the department of technology who identified himself to the board as a Collier County taxpayer and homeowner, said certain district directors are bullies.
Local hype: Students join Kony video craze but doubt it will last
Published 03/09/2012 at 6 p.m.
In less than five days, more than 56 million people worldwide watched the YouTube video about Ugandan rebel leader Joseph Kony and one organization's crusade for his capture.
LIVE: Students compete in 15th annual spelling bee
Updated 03/08/2012 at 8:28 p.m.
Fifty-one students representing 25 middle schools, both private and public in Lee County, competed Thursday evening at Three Oaks Middle School in Fort Myers.
Golden Apple 2012: Students call teachers deserving of honor
Published 03/05/2012 at 5:30 p.m.
Students Jordan Turcotte and Sebastian Pinero huddled around a bushel of Golden Delicious apples in their Palmetto Elementary school classroom Monday afternoon. One of their classmates stood back against the wall. She was crying tears of joy.
North to Alaska: James Browder named to lead Anchorage schools
Published 01/31/2012 at 3:48 p.m.
The former Lee County School District superintendent is trading sunshine and alligators for cold and caribou. James Browder, 64, will become the superintendent of Anchorage Public Schools, the Anchorage School Board announced Tuesday.
Barron Collier grabs bragging rights in high school rankings
Updated 01/30/2012 at 5:26 p.m.
Barron Collier High School is ranked No. 38 out of 404 high schools in Florida. Immokalee High School is ranked No. 396 -- eight spots from the bottom of the list.
Show them the money: Naples High opens student-run bank
Published 01/25/2012 at 6 p.m.
Naples High School senior Sidney Hanson collected a $135 deposit from school mate Steven Williams. Wearing a bright yellow T-shirt that said "Money rocks my credit union," Sidney counted out the bills, hand wrote a receipt and logged it in ...
Stuck in the middle: Collier Schools ranked No. 33 out of 67 districts, Lee No. 22
Published 01/23/2012 at 12:30 p.m.
The academic performance of Collier County Public Schools is in the middle of the pack, according to new district rankings released by the state Monday.
Collier schools didn't change bullying policies after 2011 bus stop fatal stabbing
Published 01/22/2012 at 6:30 p.m.
A year ago Tuesday, a fight between two Palmetto Ridge High School boys turned deadly.Yet, since that tragic day, the Collier County School District hasn't changed its bullying policies.
Early voters come to polls looking for change
Published 01/16/2012 at 6:45 p.m. 3 Comments
Voters from a Republican-packed Collier County came to the polls Monday with one goal: change.
Collier schools hold first-ever midyear graduation ceremony
Published 01/11/2012 at 4 p.m.
Last year, Tyler Lane would have waited until June to walk in front of family and friends in his cap and gown.
Give 'em a break: Collier School Board votes to end first semester before winter recess
Published 01/10/2012 at 11:19 p.m.
Tuesday, the Collier School Board approved the 2012-13 academic calendar that will end the second quarter and exams before winter break. We had to focus on our priority student learning, said district H
Law enforcement gears up for busy New Year's Eve patrol
Updated 12/29/2011 at 8:44 p.m.
With the holiday falling on a Saturday, Collier and Lee Sheriffs offices are stepping up their presence around well-known restaurants, bars and clubs to prevent drinking and driving. The purpose is not to
Bill Jackson, Big Cypress Elementary assistant principal dies
Published 12/27/2011 at 6:37 p.m.
He worked for Collier County Schools for more than 20 years. He loved the field of education, Margaret Jackson said. He just had a way with children.
New evaluations for teachers ready in Collier and Lee, but some say it's rushed
Published 12/26/2011 at 4 p.m.
It's been five months since principals and administrators conducted the first teacher observations using the new state-mandated evaluation system. This time period was considered the "hold harmless," or testing period. Come mid-January, the new teacher evaluation system will count
Local charities: Need is up and will continue after the holidays
Published 12/20/2011 at 6:51 p.m.
Its an ongoing problem, said Pierre Smith, the area coordinator for the Salvation Army. We put something on the shelf in the morning and then it disappears by the afternoon.
More free meals lead to $6 million bump to school district food budget
Published 12/13/2011 at 7:41 p.m.
Last year, 6,000 students qualified for free or reduced lunches, she said. Now, more than 13,000 are eligible for the program. The percentage of economically needy continues to go up, she said.
Former cheer coach: Parent sent 100 emails complaining about Hooters job, misconduct
Published 12/06/2011 at 11:17 p.m.
“We don’t understand how one lady can do this to an entire cheerleading team and school,” said Jordan Shultz, a senior on the cheerleading team. “Her working at Hooters has nothing to do with cheerleading. She has to support her ...
Ex-cheerleading coach says second job at Hooters likely reason for her dismissal
Updated 12/01/2011 at 8:42 p.m. 1 Comment
The Estero High School head cheerleading coach has been fired but the Lee County School District hasn't said why yet.
Humbled: 31 Collier educators honored as Teachers of Distinction
Published 11/30/2011 at 6:39 p.m.
The 31 teachers honored this year will continue in the Golden Apple selection process, which involves more classroom observations and two 15 minute interviews by the community-based selection committee. Fro
Department of Justice approves new Collier district boundaries
Published 11/29/2011 at 6:48 p.m.
The approval was the main hurdle in implementing the new commission districts, Collier County Elections Supervisor Tim Durham said. Thats very happy news that they didnt pose an objection, he said of the
Generations give thanks as community shares meal in Immokalee - PHOTOS
Published 11/24/2011 at 3:53 p.m.
Thursday, nearly 2,500 Immokalee community members gave thanks for a free Thanksgiving meal provided by the Guadalupe Center and more than 150 volunteers from Southwest Florida churches and organizations. It was the 29th annual Thanksgiving in the Park.