JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Parents are watching the Duval County School Board's decision to hire a new superintendent with great interest.
The board voted Tuesday to offer a contract to Nikolai Vitti, current chief academic officer from Miami-Dade schools.
Deloris Quaranta has a daughter in the eleventh grade at Raines High School.
"She is doing much better than last year. Last year was a lot of distractions," said Quaranta.
Raines is a 'D' school. She said picking the right superintendent is important to her neighborhood school and the students.
"I would like to see a more interactive superintendent," she said. "One that is out there in the field."
Quaranta said the perception among her daughter's classmates is that with the current leadership it is all about business, not about the children.
"Every decision made at the school board level affects the success of my daughter," said Quaranta, "That's why it is important to me to have the right superintendent in place."
Monique Coles has a 10-year-old in George Washington Carver Elementary, a 'B' school. It is a different grade level, but Coles has the same concerns about new leadership.
"We need someone who is going to to be able to go out and meet the needs of the school and the needs of the teacher," said Coles.
Coles is convinced that a great deal of the dark cloud on the Duval County school district is because of what the public perceives.
"If you don't perceive you care, then the needs are not going to be met," she said.
Coles said her child went from being kicked out of Kindergarten to being an A/B honor roll student. Coles admits several neighborhood schools are under performing, but she said that does not reflect the day to day success stories.
"On a scale of 1-to-10, this decision is a ten because our schools are in dire need," said Coles. "We are in trouble, we need help."
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