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Report card day for schools superintendent

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Updated: 6/20/2013 7:40 am
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Thursday is kind of like report card day for Dr. Nikolai Vitti. The school board will be giving the Duval County school superintendent a review of his first seven months on the job.

Anton Holmes is a father with children in Duval County public schools. Over the past year, he says he's seen mostly positive changes in his kids' classes.  He credits a lot of those changes to Vitti.

"I believe that he's really challenging the kids today," said Holmes.

Now, it's time for the School Board to weigh in. Thursday is review day for Dr. Vitti.  And Action News has learned he'll be graded on six areas of responsibility: Relationships with the Board, Stakeholder Satisfaction, Staff and Organizational Relationships, Educational Leadership, Fiscal Leadership, and Personal Qualities, such as whether he makes sound decisions.

School Board member Jason Fischer said, "One of the things that I like about Dr. Vitti is that he's a man of action."

Fischer says he's pleased with Vitti's performance so far.  He says since Vitti has been in Jacksonville, he's seen the superintendent put in a lot of long hours, sometimes working seven days a week.

He said, "My evaluation's going to reflect his commitment and hard work."

Dr. Vitti thinks he's doing a good job too. Action News obtained a copy of his self-evaluation. On a scale of 1 to 10, 8-10 being highly effective, Dr. Vitti scored himself high.  With a total of 48 categories, Dr. Vitti gave himself 22 10's, 16 9's, 9 8's, and only one 7. His lowest score dealt with parents, staff and students feeling safe and respected at school.

Holmes says there are still some improvements he'd like to see, such as, "Downsize the classrooms. Give the teachers more leisure with the kids."

But he believes the district is moving in the right direction, under Dr. Vitti's leadership. "I'm very pleased with what I see with him now," he said.

School Board evaluations are due at 9 a.m. Thursday.  The evaluations are done annually, and serve as a progress report for Vitti.
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Realchange - 6/20/2013 11:18 AM
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His report card should be from the voters not the school board. They all should be held accountable recently for some the things that have happened. The video taping bully and other over the top decisions by them. Remember that when elections come up for board members, and don't buy their typical political hot wind. Maybe people should ratify a term limit for school board. It helps keep political corruption down and would ensure people serve to help. Not draw large pay check and ruin our schools while doing. I went to school in Jacksonville and when I did we had the highest test scoring in the nation easily in the top 10 percent how does Jacksonville stack up now to the rest of the nation high school test wise?
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