MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Shelby County Schools announced a new interim superintendent Wednesday night.
The SCS Board chose Dr. Joris Ray, who is currently the assistant superintendent of operations.
They also voted that the interim superintendent can be considered for the permanent position.
Ray beat out two other nominees, former Memphis City school superintendent Dr. Carol Johnson and current SCS chief financial officer Dr. Linn Johnson.
He will step in his new role sometime in early January.
“So many things at the top of my list, but right now I want to engage the community and I want to listen because as a great leader you must listen,” said Ray.
One thing on his list is a recommendation that his former boss has now laid in his lap.
Tuesday, Dorsey Hopson recommended shrinking the district by closing or consolidating 28 schools and building 10 new ones.
Ray wouldn’t say if he supports the plan just yet.
“First of all what we need to do is continue to unpack the plan. I rely on the community to get their input but most of all let’s see what’s best for students,” said Ray.
He started his career in the classroom as a teacher at Kirby Middle. Ray has spent the past 20 years moving up the ranks within the school system.
The board showed confidence that Ray could lead the district.
On the election of new interim superintendent, SCS board member McCormick said, “unlike other boards in this city we were able to do this in one round!”