Nikolai Vitti is a finalist to become Detroit’s school superintendent


Could Duval County’s loss be Motown’s gain?

In what U2 might call “a sort of homecoming,” The Detroit Free Press reported Friday that Duval County School Superintendent Nikolai Vitti is a finalist to become the next the Detroit Public Schools Community District Superintendent

Vitti, a Detroit native, was selected as one of three finalists during a Thursday meeting of the Board of Education.

The rollout of the names was delayed to give candidates time to notify current employers..

“What happens next is unclear. A first round of interviews originally was scheduled for Monday, and a second round on March 29, if needed. But those dates are up in the air now,” the Detroit report states.

There may be interviews with board members, and public forums … all of which would take Vitti’s time away from his current position, which has its own myriad challenges.

Vitti’s job security was an issue in Jacksonville last year, with a public dust-up between the then-current school board chair and the superintendent.

The business community rallied behind Vitti, and the points of conflict then mysteriously abated.

At least one of Vitti’s allies on the board supports the potential move.

Scott Shine noted that “Dr. Vitti is from Detroit and still has family and many friends in that community. We talked at length about his decision and I know the idea of returning to his home city is a significant factor in his interest in Detroit Schools.”

“I will support him and recommend him in seeking the Superintendent position in Detroit, if that is the direction he wants to take,” Shine added.


A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Voncile

    March 18, 2017 at 10:21 pm

    If only Duval County could be so lucky. Can we send votes to Detroit?

  • John smith

    March 20, 2017 at 10:24 pm

    Hopefully he gets the position it’s time for him to leave Jacksonville he has done a terrible job here.He has put people in high position who do people very dirty especially the principal of Jefferson Davis she is very unfair & news flash she came From Miami with Vitti to put Jefferson Davis in the right position it should be in & she is doing horrible.I just hope that if he does get the position that Paula Wright doesn’t let iranetta hold the intern superintendent position.

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