"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," Vitti said.

Mayor Alvin Brown was there to support Vitti's changes.

"It's always important to diversify on how we reach our kids and teach our kids," Brown said.

The mayor spoke to the students to encourage them to stay in school and go to college.

"Only one in four over the age of 25 have a college degree, and I want us to go to 50 percent," he said.

After his Raines appearance, Vitti visited John E. Ford, R.V. Daniels and Northwestern Middle.