3 3 Students in Saint Johns County are back home after their first day, back to school. About 33-thousand students across the district returned to the classroom this morning. Take a look: We found the principal at Hickory Creek Elementary outside greeting his students. Saint Johns County has been the largest growing district in the state for 5 years, but officials at the schools we visited say, getting the kids to and from school has been smooth. And it was a similar story in Duval County. This is video of parents escorting their little ones to school at Arlington Elementary. Throughout the district, there are more than 9-thousand kindergarteners starting school for the first time. 3 3 This 1st day of school marks the one-year anniversary for Duval county's new Superintendent Nikolai Vitti. It also marks the introduction of his new strategic plan, a new budget and a new vision. Dr. Vitti and Mayor Brown toured some of the schools where students will notice some distinct changes to the curriculum. Channel 4's Ashley Mitchem was there, when they stopped by Raines High School. 3 INTRO: 55:08 Superintendent Dr. Nikolai Vitti stopped at four different Duval County schools to celebrate the new school year.His first stop was Raines High School to talk about the new programs they have.Superintendent Dr.Nikolai Vitti, Duval Co Schools 49:44 It could spark an interest in their career or just broaden their horizons. Not only is it happening at Raines but all over the county.Doctor Vitti says by adding these new classes, it will encourage students to think more about life after high school, either in college or in the work place.A student will now have a minimum of two electives added to their course load. Those electives include Culinary and Digital Media. 50:50 it's about what makes that individual tick so they find school relevant and engaging 55:48 Another new part of Raines High School- they have a new principal- Vincent Hall- he actually graduated from Raines High in 1990 52:10 Some of the principal changes I've made have been controversial in a way and maybe the community needed to understand the rationale behind it Mayor Brown was there to support Dr. Vitti's changes...Mayor Alvin Brown, Jacksonville Mayor 53:32 It's always important to diversify on how we reach our kids and teach our kids The Mayor spoke to the students to encourage them to stay in school and go to college.54:27 Only one in four over the age of 25 have a college degree and I want us to go to 50 percent.Raines High School was last rated a D in 2012 when they got off the intervene school list.This year's high school grades have not been released yet. AM C4 TLS.