(Memphis) Shelby County Schools is open for business.
“Overall we’re pleased, we’re just keeping our fingers crossed,” said Superintendent Dorsey Hopson.
Superintendent Hopson toured eight schools Monday to make sure everything was running smoothly after the country’s biggest school merger in history.
“We thought this year would be special because of the historic nature it would be nice to have some board members come along and have the media come along,” said Hopson.
The Shelby County Schools merger has been the largest in the United States, and it hasn’t been without hiccups, like registration problems and frustration over parent communication, but Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell says the fact they opened schools on time should be celebrated.
“Just getting to this point is significant, and I’ve been very pleased with what I’ve seen from the work of all parties,” said Luttrell.
That’s a far different story than the world-class district that was once promised.
But it did give everyone a chance to meet the people who really matter, students like third-grader Katie Baker.
“I hope that I get good grades and I hope I do good on tests,” said Baker.
As the bus tour rolled from school to school, it was clear the district was also doing a good job with its first test — day one of the new Shelby County School District.