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Superintendents Week: Shelby County Schools Superintendent Dorsey Hopson

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Kendall Kirkham: We continue WMC Action News 5 Superintendent Week. Joining me now is Dorsey Hopson Shelby County Schools superintendent. Thank you so much for being here.

Dorsey Hopson: My pleasure.

Kendall: Are you getting excited? How are you feeling?

Hopson: Very Excited. First I want to congratulate our schools, our teachers from last year. We just received some national data on our academic performance. I'm so proud of our teachers for making improvements in nine of 10 test categories and also growing our students. I'm so proud of the work that they do.

Kendall: Congratulations! Anything else you're doing specific for this year that is different from last year to get ready?

Hopson: Yeah, a couple things. First of all, we are in our strategic plan. Our priority number one is to improve our early literacy. I think about a third of our 3rd graders are reading on grade level. That is a big problem. Not just here, but nationwide...Also it's important to note, this year we'll be testing--the test will change. We've been doing TCAP over the years. We'll be doing 10 ready assessments this year, which will basically test the standards set forth in the Tennessee Common Core. So it will be a huge shift. It's going to require a lot more heavy lifting for our teachers and school leaders but with their track record, I'm just so proud we'll get it done.

Kendall: I think it's no secret there has been some trouble with the buses over the past year, and Durham School Services safety issues and all kind of things--specifically on the first day of school last year. What have you been doing with Durham to help improve first day routes for this year.

Hopson: So we've been focused on pushing Durham to make improvements that they need to make...Some of the things I think we can be confident about is, as of today, they're fully staffed with drivers, last year it took them a while, and I think we saw the effects of that. They have a whole safety team here, this year. They've been doing a lot more safety training in the past few weeks. Obviously, we're monitoring GPS information to make sure they meet their goals as it relates to on time arrival..

Kendall: Alright well good luck thank you so much for joining us.

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