Collier County Public Schools to consider termination of 2 employees

Collier County Public Schools is expected to decide the fate of at least two school employees in the district this week after they were separately accused of inappropriate or violent behavior toward students.

Collier County School Board will meet Monday to decide if assistant teacher Kirstie Rosa, 27, and bus driver Dayley Gonzalez, 37, will keep their jobs or have their roles terminated. Both are accused of inappropriate or violent actions toward students.

”When I leave my kids at school, I trust that they’re safe,” parent Erica Jones said. “So I need to know that is the case.”

Rosa, who works at Phoenix Naples alternative school, was arrested after being accused of having sex with a 15-year-old male student on multiple occasions and supplying other male students with drugs and alcohol.

”That’s very disturbing, knowing that I have a daughter coming up that is going to be starting school soon,” parent Trower Boyd said.

Parent Louise Young put all four of her children through the Collier school system. She says she can recall former school employees who had to be reviewed for similar behavior.

”Over the 10, 15 years my children went to school, it’s happened maybe eight times that I can remember,” Young said. “People getting in trouble, principals getting fired.”

Meanwhile, Gonzalez was arrested after being accused of striking a 10-year-old student with learning disabilities on a school bus.

We spoke to Collier County school district employees about these two cases, but they declined to comment on record. One teacher told us these arrests are heartbreaking.

Jones said she believes increase in pay for school staff members may help prevent these types of situations.

“I think that we do need to really emphasize the importance of safety, and that we cant undercut spending. Because, when we do that, we put our children at risk,” parent Erica Jones said. ”They have a really, really critical role in our community, and that is to take care of our children.”

The school board is scheduled to meet at 4 p.m. The school district’s staff said it plans to recommend the board fire both Rosa and Gonzalez. We plan to be there to hear the board’s decisions for both cases.

Jones and other school parents hopes the school board will make the best decision for the safety of students in the school district.

“We need to know that when our children are at school, they are being taken care of by properly vetted, properly educated, properly paid people,” Jones said.

Reporter:Gina Tomlinson
Writer:Jack Lowenstein
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