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JACKSONVILLE, Fla.  -- The Duval County School Board has narrowed down its choices for superintendent from five candidates to three.

Making the cut are Kriner Cash, Dale Robbins and Nikolai Vitti. The Board debated whether to stick with three candidates or go down to two, but they stuck with three.

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The day started with Cash from the Memphis school system offering his blue print to take Duval schools to the next level.

Vitti, who is the chief academic officer for Miami-Dade schools, says he could deliver within 18 months "dynamic improvement" when it comes to learning in the classroom. Robbins is from Gwinett County Schools.

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Kathryn LeRoy, Duval County Schools and William Miller, a school administrator in Michigan made the top five, but not the top three.

"They bring a wide range of experiences and I think through all of this be able to find the one best fit for Duval County," said board chairperson Betty Burney.

Burney said following the interviews, the board will meet and vote and likely decide on the top two candidates who will be brought back to Jacksonville for further interviews.

"The academics is almost a given at this level," said board member W.C. Gentry.

"I want to make sure know who to move an organization," said Gentry when asked about the quality he wants to see in the next superintendent.

The board is hoping to make a final decision within the next few weeks.

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