Hopson Speaks About Long List of School Problems

Hopson Speaks About Long List of School Problems

Three pages filled with problems regarding Shelby County Schools.
MEMPHIS, TN-- Three pages filled with problems regarding Shelby County Schools. Principals compiled the long list. We got a hold of it and went straight to the man in charge of the Unified District, interim superintendent Dorsey Hopson. He wasn't happy when we showed him the list. At first he said he needed more time to comment on this list. After he finally agreed to look at it he said things are getting better everyday.

We asked about hundreds of missing paychecks, 300 school employees didn't get paid last week. Hopson says it's been resolved.

"As a superintendent I do want to apologize for the delay but truly it was a function of the data system conversion," he told Local24 news.

Next problem: bus overcrowding.
    
"I'm pleased to say that the bus situation gets better everyday," stated Hopson.

He says more buses were added last week, "I've apologized to parents if the buses have been late. I want to get this right because we need to be talking about student achievement instead about buses."

Not everyone in the county is complaining about the unified district. Shelby County Commissioner Chris Thomas liked what he saw in the schools.

"I went to 13 schools last week, all of them were educating children. The principals said everything is going well in the classroom, we're taking care of the children," said Thomas.

Hopson says despite the little bumps in the road, people need to look at the "big" picture.

"School opened on time and the school based experienced has been very smooth," he said. "At this point we have to move forward and we're operating as efficient as possible."

Hopson says they are expanding their "help call center" for parents and school employees. That number is 901-416-5300.
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