Merger Plan Unchanged by Hopson despite Municipal Bill

Merger Plan Unchanged by Hopson despite Municipal Bill

Dorsey Hopson, recently named the interim superintendent of both Memphis and Shelby County schools, said a bill advancing in Nashville wouldn't change the work being done right here in Memphis.
MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - Six Shelby County municipalities are another step closer to starting their own school districts. A bill that would lift the ban on such districts just breezed through a state Senate Committee in Nashville.

So what does this mean for your kids and the school merger? It could mean a lot down the road, but for right now, the brand new head of both the Memphis and Shelby County school districts said it is business as usual.

Earlier Wednesday the State Senate Education Committee passed by a 9-0 vote a bill that would lift the ban on municipal school districts. Six municipalities from Arlington to Millington have expressed interest in starting their own districts. This bill, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris of Collierville, would let any community with more than 1,500 students start their own district.

Tuesday night, the school board named Dorsey Hopson the interim superintendent of both Memphis and Shelby County schools. He said at a Wednesday press conference this movement in Nashville wouldn't change the work being done right here in Memphis.

"We work a plan to make sure all the kids in Shelby County get the best education regardless of who is educating them, so right now, no plan A, no plan B, we are all in, because we know in August of 2013 we are going to have a unified school district, and ALL kids are going to be served."

In a related note, Hopson said he's not interested in becoming the superintendent of a new merged district.

Before Tuesday he was interim head of just Memphis City Schools. He said he's not being paid more for the added responsibility of the county.

The district hopes to have a new superintendent in place by June at the latest.

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