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First Coast Connect

07/15/15: Superintendent Nikolai Vitti; Environmental Symposium; Blood Alliance And Comedy Zone

Duval County Public Schools superintendent Dr. Nikolai Vitti joins us to discuss his agenda for education on the First Coast. Major changes such as new magnet schools, single gender education, trade schools and more are being considered to improve student achievement. Vitti says he is trying to create more quality educational choices to lure parents and students back from charter and private schools while also saving some under-enrolled, under-performing schools from closing their doors.
In our Going Green segment, we speak with James A Richardson, II, Environmental Protection Board Administrator with City of Jacksonville, about the annual Environmental Symposium at UNF. This event brings together residents, government agencies, utilities and innovators in a forum designed to foster an atmosphere of cooperation in environmental achievement. The theme for this year’s symposium is “City of Jacksonville - 50 Years of Environmental Stewardship."

And we learn how the Blood Alliance and the Comedy Zone are partnering to encourage more blood donations this summer. Odette Struys, Public Relations Officer with The Blood Alliance, and Elizabeth Hecht, director of marketing at the Comedy Zone, join us.

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Sean Birch joined the WJCT team in late 2011 and was with the company until 2016.