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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A flurry of activity on Friday to prepared for a new school year that gets underway on Monday, August 18, in Duval County. More than 120,000 students and 8,000 teachers will return to the classroom.

The district says it has about a 100 teacher vacancies that have yet to filled. Retired teachers are being recruited to help fill in the gaps until new hires can be brought on board.

Concern about part time instructors not being brought back at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts had parents reaching out for answers.

Parents told First Coast News five adjunct dance instructors were not returning to Douglas Anderson. Their fears got the attention of Superintendent Nikolai Vitti who received some of their emails.

"Mixed communication between the school and the district," said Vitti explains the confusion.

"The part time positions that were mentioned as possibly not funded this year will be funded, they will be funded for the first day of school," said the superintendent.

When the new school year kicks off on Monday, dozens of schools will have their day extended by an hour for extra emphasis on reading. Also new this year is that Title 1 schools will have reading instructors to shore up the skills of students who are not good readers.

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