Superintendent Addresses Transportation Concerns for Merged Schools

Superintendent Addresses Transportation Concerns for Merged Schools

It's almost time to head back to school. After Monday's official merger of Memphis and Shelby County Schools, there's still plenty left to do with classes set to start in a little more than a month.
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - It's almost time to head back to school. After Monday's official merger of Memphis and Shelby County Schools, there's still plenty left to do with classes set to start in a little more than a month.

In a Tuesday afternoon news conference, Interim Superintendent Dorsey Hopson said the first day and a half as the new Shelby County school system has gone great.

He said gone was all the tension and stress from last week's downsizing of teachers and staff.

Hopson said school leaders just met and created a check list of what still needs to be done with the first day of school fast approaching.

When asked, he said his biggest worry remains transportation, and the logistics of picking up all these kids on the first day of class.

"Until you can actually get in there and run the routes, you are not going to know if your time is off 2 minutes or 4 minutes or 5 minutes," he said. "We are going to do dry runs, simulated runs, but I don't want the first day to happen and… the bus riders are late, because that would create some concern."

Hopson also admitted he is warming up to the idea of staying as head of the school system, although he had previously stated he was only stepping in on an interim basis. He said there are many aspects of the job he really enjoys.

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