Officials Say First Day Of Merged Districts Went Well

Officials Say First Day Of Merged Districts Went Well

The first day for the new Shelby County schools district is in the books.

MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - The first day for the new Shelby County schools district is in the books.

Some school buses schedules were fouled up according to interim superintendent Dorsey Hopson.

He says that happens almost every year on the first day.

The classrooms were normal, however, and that's what everybody says is important.

All of the schools had their fair share of problems.

Germantown High, for example.

Parents had to wait up to an hour at times to register their children.

But at least it was moving. Hattie Shepard was happy.

She has two children who've been attending Germantown High.

“The process is moving really well,” Shepard said.

Over at Frayser High School, others had big troubles trying to get paperwork done for their children.

The fact that schools opened, fully merged, is almost a miracle itself considering six months ago many didn't think they would.

Memphis mayor AC Wharton dropped by Idlewild Elementary School. His grandson was going to school for the very first time.

“I am really optimistic and confident that two or three years from now, we're all going to look back and say what was that all about,” Wharton said.

It was all about a lot of work and worry from interim superintendent Dorsey Hopson.

“I mean, just thinking about all the work that has gone on to get here. All of the days I sat back and...well if I had hair, I would have pulled it out by now. I think about how we used to say how can we do this, how can we do that. And its done,” Hopson said.

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