Nikolai Vitti

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The Duval County School Board unanimously voted Wednesday to hire Patricia Willis, who has a 35-year history with the district, as temporary superintendent.

Willis, a Jacksonville native, has been a Duval teacher, principal, district professional development director and deputy superintendent. After retiring in 2012, she earned a doctorate degree and was an education consultant in Florida and Georgia.


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The Duval County School Board on Monday narrowed down its choice for interim superintendent to three candidates from a pool of seven.

Board members will interview the three at the meeting scheduled for 8 a.m. Wednesday.


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Duval School board members are preparing to weed out district-funded programs that are not serving students as intended.

Of 37 programs and organizations scrutinized, 14 received a score of questionable. One was rated unacceptable and 22 were rated as worth funding.


Friday on our weekly “First Coast Connect” Media Roundtable, we featured Florida Times-Union reporter Sebastian Kitchen, Folio Weekly editor Claire Goforth and WJCT reporter Ryan Benk. We also spoke with Dylan Read, lifestyle director of Shearwater, about Earth Day events Saturday in St. Johns County. HandsOn Jacksonville CEO LeAnn Daddario told us about next Sunday’s Celebrate GOOD Festival and artist Lana Shuttleworth talked about her exhibit being unveiled Friday night at the Space Gallery. 


Duval County Public Schools

Duval County School Board member Scott Shine said at a special board meeting Friday, he believes Superintendent Nikolai Vitti might stay with the district if board members tell him they want him to.

Shine said this as Vitti moves forward with negotiating a contract to become superintendent of the newly formed Detroit Public Schools Community District.  

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