It's the beginning of his first full year as Duval's new superintendent, and Dr. Nikolai Vitti tells WOKV some of his big changes are going smoothly, even saving a good chunk of your money.
“We’re moving in the right direction,” Vitti says.
Recently the district moved 300 employees from the district level to more in-school positions, such as principals. Vitti says that move allowed them move about $7 million in assets back into the schools, allowing for more art, music and other electives to help encourages kids to learn.
He says enrollment is up as well so far.
“Despite the increased competition from charter schools – we’ve had quite a few new charter schools in Jacksonville – it is clear that students are staying in Duval County Public Schools and coming back,” Vitti says.
The district is now looking at parents and students as clients and as consumers. Dr. Vitti says it’s because they have choices with charter schools, private schools and opportunity scholarships.
Vitti gives credit to Duval’s veteran principals for the smooth opening of the school year this summer.
“A lot of the administrators that came from the district level went back to school to be principals,” he says. “They were former principals. They were strong principals.”