Published: Jul 19, 2011 11:39 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 19, 2011 2:43 AM EDT

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. -- UPDATE: The Collier County School Board unanimously approved the changes proposed by Superintendent Kamela Patton on Tuesday, including the reassignment of 14 of the 48 principals this coming school year.


Click here for a complete guide to the Collier County school shuffle that was approved on Tuesday. 

Some principals have requested to be transferred and others are being moved because of new state requirements. Dr. Kamela Patton, Superintendent, Collier County Public Schools, said the district is doing everything it can to make it a smooth transition for school officials, parents and students.

Beginning as early as Wednesday, 14 of 48 principals in Collier County will begin a new assignment at a different school.

"The changes are not a reflection on the existing leadership. Some of this is providing growth leadership for principals and some of these changes are for many different reasons," said Patton.

Some of those reasons include assistant principals being promoted to principal and others asked to be reassigned to other schools. It's all part of a re-organization plan district wide to save money. Patton said she doesn't want to keep it a secret and wants it to be as smooth of a transition as possible.

"We will have support at those schools too to work alongside with any changes and to also shore up to parents that we are still right there with them," said Patton.

Support includes allowing assistant principals and principals to begin the school year several days earlier than normal to give them time to work together. There will be a principal transition checklist to help as well. local parents don't mind the changes.

"If it's a principal who is really active in the activities of the students it could impact, but if its a principal thats maybe more behind the scenes it may not make any difference," said Jacob Marko, a parent.

"Some of the principals want to be reassigned for different reasons I'm OK with that. I would be more upset about some of the teachers or guidance counselors," said Susan Villarreal, a parent.

Patton said if parents are concerned about the bond their students may have had with their principal, the district will be there 100 percent of the way.

"We're there to support any of our changes and any of our administrators and that we know that they are good people going into all of our schools," said Patton.

Dr. Patton will present the reorganization plan to the school board on Tuesday during a meeting at 4:30 p.m. Parents are invited to attend the meeting at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Administrative Center, 5775 Osceola Trail, Naples.