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Tipton County has new director of schools after 19 years

(WMC-TV) - It's back-to-school for teachers in Tipton County, who are busy this week making preparations for the new school year.

Crestview Elementary teacher Janice Smith said she looked forward to some parts of the new year better than others.

"The first day with the children, yes," she said. "The getting ready, no.  It's hard. You have to come and spend hours and hours unpacking."

As teachers prepare their rooms, principals are in the classroom themselves, learning the latest teaching techniques. And for the first time in nineteen years, Tipton County Schools has a brand new boss. 

Dr. Buddy Bibb took over July 1, after former director of schools Tim Fite retired.

"The last fourteen years, I was his assistant superintendent, so a lot of things will be the same," Bibb said.

So far, Bibb said, his transition has been a smooth one. Tipton County Schools is responsible for approximately 12,000 students in fourteen schools.

"We shoot for academic excellence - that's our goal," Bibb said. "We want our students to do the very best they can when they leave our school system."

Bibb said the student population is about the same as last year, meaning there's no need for new schools. There have been challenges, however, including figuring out how to work around a $2 million to $3 million deficit left by a lack of federal stimulus money used to hire additional classroom staff.

"We have outstanding teachers, outstanding administrators, and I've got a lot of confidence in them," Bibb said.

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