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Special meeting held to discuss school board's future after Vitti

Superintendent Dr. Nikolai Vitti leaving for job in Detroit

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Duval County School Board held a special meeting Thursday to discuss the next step for finding a superintendent after Dr. Nikolai Vitti announced his plans to take a position in Detroit. 

The school board decided that when Vitti officially accepts the superintendent position in Detroit, the board chair will call an emergency meeting within 48 hours. 

Vitti is still in the negotiation process with the Detroit Public Schools Community District after it selected him for the job in mid-April.

Board Chairperson Paula Wright told fellow board members there is still no time frame for when Vitti could accept the position, but she wants them to be prepared. 

When the school board has the emergency meeting it will decide on an interim superintendent. The board agreed that the interim superintendent should be someone who is not interested in permanently filling the job. There were mixed opinions though on whether the interim superintendent should come from within the district or be an external hire.

"I've already had discussions with the Florida School Boards Association other associations across the country that deal with superintendents and searches," Wright said. "There are organizations who cater to superintendents and they have a list of people who are retired and who are willing to go to different districts and serve as interims."

News4Jax checked in with the Detroit Public Schools Community District to see if there was an update on the negotiation process. District officials told News4Jax that, as of now, there is no new information, but the next board meeting is scheduled for May 9, when they hope to learn some new information.