The Superintendent of Duval County public schools says he expects this year to be a great one.
Dr. Nikolai Vitti says with a year under his belt, he's implemented some changes and he expects a very successful school year.
"New strategic plan, new budget, new organization, new curriculum, just overall new expectations and a new culture."
He says your child's school year will be full of new scholastic opportunities and a wide array of educational opportunities for advancement.
"I am looking forward to our children being exposed to more arts and music, technology, higher-level instruction."
He says particularly middle and high school students will also have a chance to take more electives in the 2013-2014 school year.
Vitti says typically students feel nervous or have anxious jitters about returning to the classroom but he wants children to feel at ease in the classroom.
"Usually the first day for kids is more overwhelming and about anxiety than anything else."
However, Vitti says the first day of school should focus on students introduction to their teachers and their classmates for the upcoming school year. He also notes that teacher morale is higher than in years past. He says his goals are for Duval County public schools to become a national model for public education. He wants parents to know he plans to prepare your child to compete in the global economy.