MY TURN: John Aitken's potential buyout - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

MY TURN: John Aitken's potential buyout

(WMC-TV) - I'm sure many people were sorry to hear the news that Shelby County School Superintendent John Aitken may be planning to ask for a buyout of his contract.

If it's true, it means Aitken will not be the permanent leader of the new, unified Memphis and Shelby County System. It also adds another layer of uncertainty to the transition process.

Parents and teachers are already on edge because there are so many difficult issues still to reconcile as the two systems merge.

Superintendent Aitken may have always been a long shot for the role of the new system's first superintendent, but it's clear that we could do a lot worse when we hire someone else. Aitken can be proud of his tenure as a Shelby County Schools employee, beginning as a math teacher and working his way up to become superintendent.

I, for one, wish that he would stay on the job through the transition and keep his hat in the ring to try for the permanent job. Thousands of students need this transition to be executed as well as it possibly can be.

That's my turn. Now it's your turn. To comment on this segment or anything else, email or call 800-465-1210.

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