Herenton Ready to 'Fast Track' Charter Schools for August

Herenton Ready to 'Fast Track' Charter Schools for August

Former Memphis mayor Willie Herenton is about to get back into the education business, and he says he deserves top dollar for his experience.
MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - Former Memphis mayor Willie Herenton is about to get back into the education business, and he says he deserves top dollar for his experience.

The former Memphis City Schools superintendent also talked about his nine charter schools and his future plans.

For Dr. Willie W. Herenton, the issue of charter schools is now moving on, and it's on the fast track.

The former mayor, who is the CEO and Superintendent of the W.E.B. Du Bois Consortium of Charter Schools, teamed up with Love Fellowship Ministries in Hickory Hill. Two charter schools will open on their lot.

Love Fellowship's pastor, Lawrence Plummer, says what he envisions will be a place where both the students and their parents work as a team.

"We want our children to be dropped off at school in a safe environment, with quality education, quality teachers that care, and we'll have a relationship second to none with our parents," he said.

The former mayor and school superintendent is now in charge of a non-profit group, and is ready to jump back in to the life he lived before becoming mayor - education - this coming school year.

"We have nine approved. We're going to open nine schools this coming school year," said Herenton. "Two of them will be right here on these grounds. We're going to have the most successful charter school network in the state of Tennessee. We're excited about it."

Willie Herenton, being Willie Herenton, can't escape controversy, even though nobody has found any fault with his school plans. He plans on being paid $200,000 a year as head of his charter schools.

Whoever that guy is, Willie Herenton jokes, he deserves the money.

"I think he brings to the table 30 years of experience in education, 12 of them as superintendent of the 10th largest public school system in the country. Whoever that guy is, I think he's underpaid."

Now when Herenton says fast track, he means fast track, because they're talking of having this school, now nothing but a field, ready for students by August of this year.

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