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6:20 PM, Oct 22, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Monday morning the Duval County School Board officially welcomed Dr. Nikolai Vitti as its new Superintendent.

The School Board, after a comprehensive interview and search process, approved the contract effective November 12, 2012, according to a news release from Duval Schools spokesperson Jill Johnson.  Dr. Vitti's contract ends June 30, 2016.

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Johnson said Dr. Vitti will be relocating from Miami and that his wife and four children will transition in to the North Florida area in the coming months.  His children attend public schools, Johnson said.

Johnson said Dr. Vitti's primary focus will be to better the school district by expanding early childhood education; increasing the graduation rate; developing instructional leaders; improving teacher quality and morale; streamlining the efficiency of business and operations; and strengthening parent and community involvement.

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Dr. Vitti said he is looking forward to starting and heading right to the trenches to see what is happening in classrooms and to meet both internal and external partners.

Dr. Vitti said, "I am eager to listen and act on what our stakeholders believe needs to happen to transform our district into a national model, where all students excel and develop the skills and confidence to fulfill their aspirations.  Public education is at a breaking point and we must prove that it continues to be the vehicle to make the country's promise of equal opportunity a reality."

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The Honorable Betty Burney, Chair of the Board, said she believes DR. Vitti's professional and academic background will position the district to continue to seeing progress in the coming years.  "I look forward to Dr. Vitti building on the academic successes currently taking place in the district, as well as increasing student achievement, teacher morale and early childhood education," said Burney.  "I'm excited about the new opportunities that await the district in this new chapter."

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