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SCS transportation director resigns

(WMC-TV) - Shelby County Schools transportation director Debora Rike has resigned, effective immediately.

SCS Superintendent Dorsey Hopson confirmed the resignation in a statement Wednesday morning:

"After 33 years of service, Transportation Director Debbie Rike shared her intent this morning to retire from Shelby County Schools, effective immediately."

Hopson announced that Chief of Business Operations Hitesh Haria will take over the day-to-day operations in the transportation department until a replacement is found.

"We will fill this important role as soon as possible," Hopson added in the written statement.

Transportation problems were brought to the forefront after the first day of school when parents began complaining that their kids were late getting to school and late getting home.

The resignation came to light on the same day a new bus route went into effect for Shelby County Schools. School officials say Rike's departure and the new routes are not related.

Deputy Superintendent David Stephens says the district is working to get organized. He says the new bus routes implemented Wednesday should prevent timing issues and overcrowding.

"What we need to do is look at the changes we've made. Let's see if this addresses the problems, which we feel this will do," said Stephens. "The response hasn't been as great as we wanted, but we realize that there were issues, so we've tried to put resources toward that so that we can become more responsive to our parents."

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