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Few issues for first day of school in Duval County

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Updated: 8/19/2013 9:19 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The learning is underway inside RV Daniels Elementary School, a proud moment for new principal Robert Greshan.

"Our classes are full and kids are excited about school, parents are excited for school starting," he said.

While he's new to RV Daniels, Greshan been a principal and educator in Duval County for 33 years. He said he has experienced a lot of first days but said this year's is one for the record books.

"This is what we'd call a flawless opening," he said.

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He said aside from a few students showing up without physical forms and other minor snags, Monday is a success. And superintendent Dr. Nikolai Vitti told Action News that was the case county-wide.

"A couple schools, we have to hire teachers and it's really just one or two, depending at the school," Vitti said.

He said 20-30 schools are utilizing permanent subs until full-time teachers are hired. He also said enrollment Is up at a few schools where they expected the numbers to be lower, but he added that's a good problem to have.

Greshan said lots of advanced planning is to credit for Monday's ease. And he looks forward to this school year being the start of a new era for the county.

"Duval County Public Schools has gone through a transformation," Greshan said.
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