COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - When an electrical apprenticeship program was cancelled months ago due to mismanagement of school district dollars, the Superintendent promised the program would be up and running for this school year. So, why isn't it?
Collier Superintendent Dr. Dennis Thompson admits he may have jumped the gun when he stated the program at Lorenzo Walker would be ready. He says he didn't know the district couldn't get the contractors needed for the program.
Plus, he thought the corporation that was fired from running the program would comply with all the district's demands in order to be reinstated. However, Thompson says they refuse to replace the entire board of directors.
As far as the teachers that never got paid, the head instructor tells WINK News so far 3 out of 5 were paid for 4 out of 10 weeks.