DJC Partner, Bridge Magazine | Nikolai Vitti loves a challenge. He has one at Detroit Public Schools
Tuesday is Nikolai Vitti’s first “first day of school” as superintendent of the Detroit Public Schools Community District. In May, when he left a job leading Duval County schools in Florida, a district nearly three times the size of Detroit’s, questions abounded.
There are plenty for the problem-plagued district that has cycled through state oversight and administrators repeatedly in the past 15 years. But most questions revolve around one issue: What specifically will he do to make a real difference for families and students?
Vitti, who grew up in Dearborn Heights, has spent months discussing his vision in broad terms. But Detroiters say they want specifics. Will test scores improve? Why is there such a lag in technology? What’s up with a contractor paying for a party for one of Vitti’s top administrators?
Bridge readers posed more than 100 questions to Vitti on Facebook. He sat down with Bridge to answer some of them last week.