3 Superintendent of Duval County Schools is giving the system a "report card" of sorts .... Nikolai Vitti was the guest this morning at the the Family Support Services of North Florida breakfast. Channel 4's Ashley Mitchem was there and has more on the new programs Vitti wants to bring to the school system. 3 00-0832-38Superintendent Dr. Nikolai Vitti spoke to various organizations and concerned parents about the progress of Duval County Schools- what's working and what's not.He sasy there are many new strategies they've implemented this year--like adding a dean of discipline in middle schools... The Dean of Discipline is supposed to get one on one with the troublemaker and dig deeper...instead of the past of going straight to sending a child home for suspending or even arresting-- the dean will now make an analysis of why the decision was made to act out.Superintendent Nikolai Vitti, Duval County Schools 13:36 What transforms the lives of children and changes their behavior is when they have a connection to adult The student will serve in-school suspensions for a room away from other students with a certified teacher--that teacher and dean will then work with the student.Another new aspect of the school year-- they added 30 minutes to each school day, which allows two periods added to a student's schedule. That way if they are taking remedial classes they don't have to miss out on music, art and other electives..the goal- keep kids from dropping out. 12:10 Children are sometimes more excited about elective classes and those classes often guide their thinking about what careers they want to go into after high school.. Those are just a couple of new strategies for making Duval County Schools better but Dr. Vitti says there is more to come.One of those goals for next year- reach out for grants and make room in the budget for technology.16:42 I still believe that we need one to one devices for our kids we're going to see that in some of our high poverty schools in January With a lot of work left to do- Dr. Vitti reminded parents that there are over 160 schools in the county and over eight thousand teachers--Rome wasn't built in a day and the school system improvement will take time. AM C4 TLS.