Dorsey Hopson talks unfinished business with SCS, plans for the future

Dorsey Hopson talks unfinished business with SCS, plans for the future

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - In just a matter of weeks, Shelby County Schools will have a new superintendent.

But before that happens, current Superintendent Dorsey Hopson said he's got some items he wants to check off his "To Do" list before he leaves.

Tuesday night was Hopson's second-to-last meeting with the Shelby County School Board.

He said one of his primary goals for his last few days in office is finding ways to shrink the size of SCS.

“I think it's obviously emotional,” Hopson said. “I mean, I started here in June of 2008 as General Council for Memphis City Schools.”

Dorsey Hopson interviewed for that job in this very room. Fast forward 10 years later, and next week will mark his last time sitting in this room sitting in that chair.

Last week Hopson announced he'll be joining the insurance giant Cigna's Government & Education Business.

But he says he's got some unfinished business with SCS. namely the size of the school's footprint.

“I keep saying we have too many buildings, too many buildings that are in bad shape for the number of students that we have, so I want to make sure to get that information and figure out a way to digest it and share it with the board and public,” Hopson said.

His other priority Kirby High School is plagued with a rat infestation, forcing students out of their school for a majority of the semester.

He's vowing to see them get back in that building before he leaves.

Meanwhile the school board is tasked with finding Hopson's temporary replacement before winter break.

An SCS spokesperson says the district is on track with making that happen. Hopson's last day is January 8.

“I've got a lot of goodbyes to say, I will continue to visit schools between now and the time I leave,” Hopson said.

Hopson said he may not be serving in any official capacity with SCS once he resigns, but you can expect him to come back before this board as a private citizen.

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