School Board could hire permanent superintendent by spring

Duval County leaders lay out timeline for hiring process


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A timeline laid out by the Duval County School Board this week shows the board plans to hire a permanent superintendent by the spring.

According to news partner WJCT, School Board Vice Chair Ashley Smith Juarez said the timeline would allow for the new superintendent to get the lay of the land ahead of the next school year and be part of the budget process.

The board has discussed extending the contract of interim superintendent Dr. Patricia Willis as the search for a permanent replacement for Dr. Nikolai Vitti continues. That decision would likely be made at the next board meeting on Nov. 7.

The extension would involve a stipulation that it could be terminated with 30 days' notice.

The hiring process for the permanent superintendent will include inviting the public to evening community conversations next month, WJCT reports. The board decided on Nov. 6, 8,13 and 16, with the likely locations expected to be Raines, Ed White, Terry Parker and Atlantic Coast high schools. But the board hasn’t matched the schools with dates yet.  

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