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Duval Superintendent walks down memory lane as he prepares to retire

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --  Superintendent Ed Pratt-Dannals took a stroll down memory at Robert E. Lee High School as he hands over the reigns to the new superintendent Dr. Nikolai Vitti on Monday.

Pratt-Dannals in the early 1990s served as the school's principal for four years. This week, he is wrapping up five years as superintendent and will retire in December.

The retiring superintendent was greeted with high-fives from students after he toured construction at the school and entertained questions from students.

When asked about challenges the district faces after he leaves, Pratt-Dannals said it boils downs to finances.

"Our schools are aging. We are not able to put in the kind of technology we need to develop 21st century classrooms," he said.

"So I think there's going to need to be a bond referendum perhaps in two years and so that is going to be a big issue for discussion in the community," said Pratt-Dannals.

Pratt-Dannals will stay on staff through December to assist Vitti in making the transition. Vitti takes over as superintendent on Monday.

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