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Superintendents Week: Collierville Schools Superintendent John Aitken

John Aitken, Collierville School superintendent (Source: WMC Action News 5) John Aitken, Collierville School superintendent (Source: WMC Action News 5)

Kym: It's WMC Action News 5 Superintendent's Week and joining me is John Aitken, superintendent of Collierville Schools. Welcome again.

John Aitken: Thanks for having me. I'm excited to be here.

Kym: Great to have you. This is the second year for Collierville Schools. What can students and parents expect for the first day this year.

John Aitken: Well, more of the same. We had a year to get under our belt. A few issues to work out, particularly transportation and nutrition. But we've done a lot of work over the year and over the summer. So we hope that when they come back full of excitement, like they always do on the first day, teachers and students, that they'll continue the success that we had last year.

Kym: Wonderful, any major changes this year?

John Aitken: I don't think so. I think what you're going to see in all the school districts across Tennessee is focus on assessment. We're changing from the old TCAP to TNReady. So a lot of our efforts and training this summer have been focused on that. So I think that you'll see a lot of information being put out there. And you're going to see it as a parent as well, the new assessments and different times to administer those assessments. But you know I don't want everybody to focus on assessments. School is more than about assessments. I've always felt that in my career. Let's make a differences in kids' lives and the rest will fall into place.

Kym: Wonderful. And speaking of making a differences, you all have been given the Green Light for a new high school?

John Aitken: Yes, we have. {Kym: How exciting} You know I was laughing with my wife yesterday about what happened to summer? Summer and spring were consumed with meetings about the new high school. We're extremely excited. We're growing in Collierville, obviously. Enrollment, particularly in the high school and middle school levels, is growing pretty quickly. So I appreciate, first of all our board of education, and our town for making a financial commitment. It's a big commitment, so I appreciate them stepping out there. And I think it's going to be great for the community.

Kym: I know you don't have this high school built yet, but are there any other plans for expansion, do you think?

John Aitken: I hope not any time soon. Well, part of the process that we went through the high school is that kind of gives us some flexibility in the current high school to do some things. Some help with the middle school, pilot some innovative programs there. Might be that we move our district offices there, a lot of things. What I've found with working with the town of Collierville is the partnership with the town. I feel like that building and those facilities will really make a good partnership with them.

Kym: That is wonderful, well that is all the questions that I have. Thank you so much for joining us today and good luck this year.

John Aitken: Thanks for having me.

Kym: We're glad to have you. 

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