COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- Some residents said Superintendent Dr. Kamela Patton deserved a multi-year contract, while othes said extending it before the new School Board took over would create instability.
The disagreement stems from a School Board meeting last month, when board members initially voted to extend Collier County's superintendent Dr. Kamela Patton's contract for two more years. That didn't sit well with some residents who complained they weren't invited to voice their opinion during that meeting.
So on Tuesday, the Board Members took up the issue again. Dozens of people expressed their concerns, both for and against the extension. Some felt it was too soon to push forward and extend Patton's contract considering the upcoming election and the potential to have three new members on the School Board. When it was all said and done, the Board voted in favor of extending it from 2016 to 2018.
WINK News spoke with residents about that decision.
"I think that when you have a good leader in the community it's important to do everything we can to retain that leadership and she's done a phenomenal job ever since she stepped in," said Linda Oberhaus.
"I think that we should refer it to the attorney generals office as well as the State Board of Education to see if there are any regularities and possibly looking at bringing a citizen's lawsuit because I don't believe this current board has the authority to extend the contract at this point and time," said Dr. Joseph Doyle.
The School Board did apologize for how the issue was handled. They said in 2012, Superitendent Patton had her contract extended and board members said that was approved without any real discussions from residents.