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SCS superintendent: 'Today is a historic day'

Memphis and Shelby County Schools are unified for at least one year, and more than a dozen local leaders toured eight schools to show support. Memphis and Shelby County Schools are unified for at least one year, and more than a dozen local leaders toured eight schools to show support.

(WMC-TV) - After two years of strife, the new Shelby County Schools got off to a smooth start Monday.

On the first day of Shelby County Schools, one bus that took off was not carrying students. Memphis and Shelby County Schools are unified for at least one year, and more than a dozen local leaders toured eight schools to show support.

"Today is a historic day," said SCS superintendent Dorsey Hopson. "I'm not going to send my child somewhere, if I didn't think we were ready."

Aside from some buses not running on time, parents seemed pleased.

"Everything appears to be seamless," said parent Andre Wharton.

Hopson and Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell shared the same sentiment – that SCS has a long way to go.

"Today's a good day for a new start, and we need to be supportive of that," said Lutrell.

One noticeable school merger change: Shelby County Sheriff's deputies on campus in addition to Memphis police officers.

"They've been highly trained and ready to go," said Shelby County Schools Security chief Gerald Darling.

Darling hopes to continue his current trend of lower school crime.

Several notables showed up at Carver High School, which is in danger of closing.

"We're here in support of the school, support the community," said Bloomfield Full Gospel Baptist Church pastor Ralph White.

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