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SCS superintendent: Muni schools will have some hiccups

Hopson pulled a controversial item regarding the out-sourcing of substitute teacher hiring. Hopson pulled a controversial item regarding the out-sourcing of substitute teacher hiring.
(WMC) - Municipal school districts are spending the summer preparing for their first year, but will they be successful?

The consolidated Shelby County Schools had a rough start to its first and only year and the municipalities may face the very same issues.

From payroll to transportation issues, it was a bumpy road last fall for Shelby County Schools.

Superintendent Dorsey Hopson suspects the six municipal school districts will face many of the same problems when they begin classes.

"The big question was whether school was even going to open on time," said Hopson. "They obviously will have some hiccups,  it's just the nature of the business, but I would think long-term they'll be successful."

Hopson meets weekly with municipal superintendents, and he told the school board that recently reported problems regarding transfers of principals and other staff members may be overblown.

"I know there are a lot of news stories, a lot of back and forth, a lot of confusion," added Hopson.

WMC Action News 5 has heard from employees directly over the last few weeks, like in an email from one teacher who wrote, "Human resources is refusing to answer phones ... Mass confusion!"

Hopson and his municipal counterparts will meet again on Wednesday.

"We're going to reach something that works for everybody," noted Hopson.

Hopson says he foresees success in the suburbs due in large part to the buy-in among parents and communities.

"We'll look back in a year and I suspect [there will] be transportation issues and payroll issues, the same kind of operational things we had this year, but I think long-term they'll be in good shape," said Hopson.

In other business on Tuesday night, Hopson pulled a controversial item regarding the out-sourcing of substitute teacher hiring, pending further research, but a blended learning pilot program was approved.

Blended learning involves using online content.

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