Litany of Details Still Await Unified School Board Decisions

Litany of Details Still Await Unified School Board Decisions

It might be a good idea to plan on driving your child to school in August, when classes begin for the merged Memphis and Shelby County systems.
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - It might be a good idea to plan on driving your child to school in August, when classes begin for the merged Memphis and Shelby County systems.

The merger becomes official on Monday.

Already 2,000 people have lost their jobs in this process, but the man in charge says the problems are far from over.

Shelby County school buses will be on the road when classes begin. Nobody knows yet where they'll be or who they'll pick up, and that's a huge problem.

Interim Superintendent Dorsey Hopson said, "Where we're going to have a laser-like focus over the next 30 days is to get school open. Everybody is putting a checklist together now to show all the things that need to be done between now and August the 5th."

Every school needs to be deep cleaned. Teachers need to get their final school assignments. Watching all of this are the parents, and they aren't holding their breath.

"I know they're not going to be ready in time," said parent Patricia Taylor. "It's just a matter of them informing the people that they know they're not going to be ready in time."

The school folks say they will be ready; they don't have any choice, really.

The doors have to open for students on August 5th. Now all they have to do is figure out how to get the students to school.

"Transportation routes will have to be finalized. The registration process has to be fine tuned. There are going to be some changes with the way food is going to be delivered and served," Hopson said.

All parents can do is wait, watch and worry.

"It's going to present a problem for parents who have to be at work and we may have our kids go to work with us, those of us who can," said parent Rhonda Rucker. "All of that needs to be straightened out."

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