Published: Aug 13, 2010 3:19 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 13, 2010 3:15 AM EDT

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - Superintendent Dennis Thompson received some bad reviews from school board members during his evaluation on Thursday.  Now, they have to decide if they'll extend his contract past July of 2011.In 2008, the board spent $500 thousand to get rid of former Superintendent Ray Baker and hire Thompson.  Former board member Richard Calabrese tells Wink it was a bad decision.

"Unfortunately we brought Thompson here he had made promises to me, once he was here he decided to do what he wanted to do," said Calabrese.

Thompson earns $240 thousand a year.  He also gets a $400 a month expense account and six weeks of vacation.  
During his evaluation, board members criticized Thompson's communication skills.  Board member Julie Sprague said he created a hostile work environment.

"Morale is continuously getting worse there's no question about it in my mind.  I have enough emails and phone calls to substantiate that," said Sprague.

Now the board has to decide how to move forward.     

"I really would like to see us go back and do a superintendent search," said Sprague.  "{We can} include Doctor Thompson in that if he wants to apply again.  "I want the best highly qualified superintendent in this district and I want to see our academic achievement go up."
"I would be willing to offer him the option to stay," said board member Pat Carroll.  "Fiscal responsibility is very important and that is Dr. Thompson's strength.  He is brilliant when it comes to financial matters."The school board will make their decision at their next board meeting on the 19th.