At a meeting of the Collier County Public School Board on Wednesday, May 3, 2023, Dr. Leslie C. Ricciardelli was elected to the role of superintendent, by a vote of 3 to 2. Since Dr. Kamela Patton’s retirement in late 2022, Dr. Ricciardelli had served as the interim superintendent. Dr. Ricciardelli’s contract terms will be finalized during an upcoming School Board meeting on May 9, 2023, at which time she will become the 20th superintendent in the 100-year history of the Collier County Public Schools.
Dr. Ricciardelli’s prior work experience with the Collier County Public Schools includes:
- Former interim superintendent of the Collier County School District
- March 2022-December 2022 deputy superintendent of the Collier County School District
- 2021-2022 school leadership and performance officer for the Collier County School District
- 2020-2021 assistant superintendent of school leadership for the Collier County School District
- 2015-2020 executive director of teacher and learning for the Collier County School District
- Principal, assistant principal, dean of attendance and discipline as well as an ESE specialist