I would also like to say that I alerted both Wright and Vitti to a lot of the issues at First Coast last fall. Now I didn’t cover the escalating violence but I did bring numerous staff concerns to their attention, including Brennan saying that First Coast parents were vile, something he vehemently denied saying.
Vitti to his credit seemed to walk back the glowing appraisal that he gave Brennan last week when he said he was one of the district’s best. Tonight he said he wasn’t aware of some of the problems and the severity of others, he gave himself some wiggle room that I sincerely hope he uses.
Despite Vitti’s claim of a shallow principal bench as a reason for keeping Brennan (what a ringing endorsement that had to be), he did change 3 high school principals last week and 120 overall in two and a half years, I don’t see how Brennan can come back from this. the community has turned against him and even the data doesn’t really support him continuing on.
At the end of the night Vitti said he will own the poor culture at First Coast and work to fix it. The solution was obvious to the hundreds of parents and community members in attendance and that’s to remove Brennan. If he will listen to them or instead try and put a band aide the problem remains to be seen.