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Next Duval County Schools superintendent may be chosen soon
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Duval County School Board will start deliberating Tuesday who it wants to hire as the next district superintendent.

Monday afternoon, the three finalists returned to Jacksonville to meet with School Board-Elect members and candidates among others.

Kriner Cash told First Coast News, "Let's not fool ourselves about this next chapter in Duval County Public Schools. It's going to get really hard really quick."

Kriner Cash, superintendent of Memphis City Schools, said he's ready for the challenge. He said he would build a culture free of corruption, waste, abuse and nepotism, and would bring with him 30 years of service in primary, secondary, and higher education.

"The money and fiscal situation is in the red zone not orange or yellow and the aspirations where everyone wants the school system to be is in the high green zone and that doesn't reconcile. So what are we going to do as a team, as a leader and as a board?" Cash asked.

Dale Robbins, a retired associate superintendent of Gwinnett County Schools in Georgia, said his 36 years of experience in public education makes him the ideal choice. He spent 13 years as a classroom teacher, and has also been a principal and curriculum coordinator.

Dale Robbins said, "As a district we always want to work together in a strategic fashion so that we have a vision for moving forward. It's not a matter of how well we can perform today pr tomorrow but we want to set the stage for the end of this year, next year year after so we are being visionary in our approach."

Nikolai Vitti is the Chief Academic Officer with the Miami Dade Public School District. He said having been a teacher and a principal, and having worked at the state and district level he understands every layer of the system and can empathize with the challenges.

Vitti said, "Teacher morale is definitely an issue, over emphasis on standardized testing, FCAT in particular. So one to fix that problem and create an environment where we are teaching kids to think, write and to apply what they are learning and making it realistic and not just talking about an FCAT test."

Tuesday, the three finalists will continue the interview process which is open to the public. Board deliberations are scheduled to begin at 4:30pm.

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