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Superintendent makes surprise appearance at budget, addresses criticism

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Parents and others have complained about the process and their ability to get answers. Superintendent Dorsey Hopson decided to show up Thursday and provide a few. Parents and others have complained about the process and their ability to get answers. Superintendent Dorsey Hopson decided to show up Thursday and provide a few.
He heard from parents and others concerned about job cuts and cuts to curriculum He heard from parents and others concerned about job cuts and cuts to curriculum

(WMC-TV) - The Shelby County Schools superintendent made a surprise appearance at a community budget meeting to address criticism.

Parents and others have complained about the process and their ability to get answers. Superintendent Dorsey Hopson decided to show up Thursday and provide a few.

"We can disagree, but we don't have to be disagreeable," he said.

He heard from parents and others concerned about job cuts and cuts to curriculum along with even some race-based criticism.

"That's offensive," he said.

Hopson, who graduated from Whitehaven High School in 1990, told those gathered in its auditorium that a shrinking district requires a smaller budget.

"It's a whole myriad of things that if we had unlimited resources we'd keep all that stuff and add some more," said Hopson.

Westhaven Elementary PTO President Bridget Bradley has been a district critic since her school was on the closure list.

"I'm glad he did speak out, but we need to speak reality," she said.

She and others demand more than lip service from leaders.

"They say things then do another. I just want to know what you say will be getting down," said Bradley.

Hopson says everyone he works with remains concerned about the children.

"It don't matter if you're black, white, ultraviolet or blue ... It's about what's in the best interest of kids," he said.

In other school news, Germantown Municipal School Board voted Thursday to allow Collierville students already enrolled at Houston high and middle schools to stay through exit grades. Collierville would pay $100 per student. Its board will vote on the agreement Friday.

Also, Bartlett City Schools held an open enrollment event at the high school Thursday. School district want to get head counts on who may be attending next year.

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