NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — New York City’s schools chancellor has moved to revamp the system.

Chancellor Carmen Farina has cleaned house, swapping out 15 of 42 school superintendents.

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Farina said she wants to create a handpicked panel of experienced leaders who know how to whip the country’s largest school system into shape, CBS 2 reported.

The superintendents started their jobs Tuesday and will report directly to Farina.

“I think the most important message to parents in particular is that we’re going to have a unified system where you’re going to get an answer with one phone call,” Farina said. “These are the people that are going to be held accountable.”

Farina said the superintendents must work together to solve problems, 1010 WINS’ Glenn Schuck reported.

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“I want that sharing collaborative to learn how to do something to become part of the culture here,” Farina said. “I’m hoping that the superintendents will also learn from each other. That hasn’t been true in many years. A lot of the meetings that people go to are just to listen and being given memos and paper work. I want them to talk to each other.”

Farina’s shakeup of the school system has been in the works since July when she told superintendents they’d need to reapply for their jobs.

Of 42 who reapplied, 27 held on to their positions. Seven resigned, two retired and two found other jobs with the Education Department. Four more will remain in the job through Dec. 31 unless they find other work at the agency.

All those who remain meet the chancellor’s new minimum requirements of at least 10 years of experience in schools, including three as a principal.

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