The Collier schools superintendent is hoping a second year of principal reassignments will again result in a boost in school grades.
Nine Collier schools will see new principals after retirements, resignations, reassignments and non-contract renewals. The school board already approved two reappointments in June.
Superintendent Kamela Patton said the district takes the difficult approach in filling openings by shuffling school leaders.
"The easy route is, there's one opening, just put one new person in there," Patton said. "But that's not always what's best for our kids and our community."
To make the reappointments, district leaders spent more than a month taking a detailed look at each school. They also met with principals.
"We look very strategically at schools' historical data — what's the makeup, the population of the kids? — we look at all of that, then figure out who's the best person," Patton said.
The majority of the changes are at the elementary level, with new principals at Avalon, Estates, Highlands, Lake Park, Parkside and Shadowlawn. Golden Gate Middle, Lely High and Lorenzo Walker Institute of Technology will also see new leaders.
In schools that face more of a challenge, Patton said she placed experienced principals. Among those schools is Parkside Elementary, which received a D last year.
Patton placed Tamie Stewart, who served as principal of high-performing Lake Park Elementary for more than four years, at Parkside.
"I'm really excited," Stewart said. "It's a brand new opportunity. To me, kids are kids and students are students."
Stewart said she plans to build on parent engagement programs already at Parkside, and to continue improving student achievement to boost the school's grade.
Lorenzo Walker is the only school without a permanent principal. The district appointed Yolanda Flores in the interim after the former principal, John Gardner, resigned for not being in good standing. Patton wants a permanent principal before the start of school.
Last year, Patton made 14 principal reassignments. She said those changes are partially responsible for Collier's success in school grades, in which it was one of few districts to see an increase in the number of A schools. She said she expects this year's changes to have similar results.
The nine new principal changes are slated for approval during today's (Tuesday's) board meeting, and involve the following schools and leaders:
■ Avalon Elementary: Francine Eufemia, who previously served as principal at Estates Elementary, is replacing Suzette Nolan, who retired in June.
■ Estates Elementary: Sheryl Rogers is being bumped from assistant principal to principal of the school. She replaces Eufemia.
■ Highlands Elementary: Valerie Wenrich, who previously served as assistant principal of Laurel Oak Elementary, has been reassigned as principal of Highlands. The school's former principal, Sean Kinsley, was reassigned last month to become principal at Big Cypress Elementary. Big Cypress's former principal, Robert Murray, did not receive contract renewal.
■ Lake Park Elementary: Chris Marker, previously assistant principal at Palmetto Elementary, is becoming Lake Park's principal. The school's former principal, Tamie Stewart, was reassigned to Parkside Elementary.
■ Parkside Elementary: Stewart replaces Jan Messer, who was reassigned to Shadowlawn Elementary.
■ Golden Gate Middle: Jon Bremseth, who served as assistant principal of curriculum at Lely High School, is replacing former principal Leslie Ricciardelli, who moved to Lely High School.
■ Lely High: Ricciardelli replaces Leslie Morris, who resigned last month to take a job in Iowa.
■ Lorenzo Walker Institute of Technology: Flores has been appointed as interim principal.