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Unified School System debuts with a tour, including MMS visit

By Thomas Sellers Jr.

Millington Middle School Principal Amie Marsh explains a bulletin board in the hallway of her school Monday to Shelby County School Superintendent Dorsey Hopson during a tour. Hopson, members of the Shelby County School and Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell (background) toured several schools a part of the new-look Shelby County Schools on the first day of schools.

Millington Middle School Principal Amie Marsh explains a bulletin board in the hallway of her school Monday to Shelby County School Superintendent Dorsey Hopson during a tour. Hopson, members of the Shelby County School and Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell (background) toured several schools a part of the new-look Shelby County Schools on the first day of schools.

Since March 2011, this day was coming.
The hour and minute arrived the morning of Aug. 5 the unified school district for the Shelby County Schools and the former Memphis City Schools systems. It was more than 2 years ago MCS surrended it’s charter leading to the formation of one school district.
Since that vote, it has been a whirlwind of confusion, voting for municipal schools in 2014 and change for faculty and staff across the board. Despite all the happenings since the charter surrender, Monday arrived with new SCS Superintendent Dorsey Hopson and board members touring schools across the county including Millington Middle School.
The bus carrying Hopson and crew arrived on the MMS campus about 9:30 a.m. for a tour of the home of the Stallions.
“We feel honored to be a part of the tour,” Millington Middle Principal Amie Marsh said. “But more than anything it speaks to great faculty and staff we have here and the great work that we do here, And I hope that the community is able to see that. Hope that the spotlight on us works its way out to the community so they can see the work we do here.”
Marsh has been a part of Shelby County Schools for 18 years starting off as a teacher. She later worked as an assistant principal at two middle schools before spending five years at the board. Last year Marsh arrived to Millington Middle replacing Dr. Michael Lowe.
Monday was a chance for Marsh to showcase some of the changes she implimented last school year. Dorsey, staff members and Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell were impressed with programs, philosophies and the structure of the school.
“I feel like a proud parent, this is my baby,” Marsh said. “It’s not me, it’s all the people on staff. I have incredible people who work really, really hard. And it shows.
“Every school should be doing that,” she continued. “That’s the most effective way to make sure you reach every child and give them what they need to succeed. I think that’s our duty. I hope that more schools will imulate that, and I’ll be willing to help anyone with that.”
Hopson and the SCS personnel hopped on the bus after visiting 4964 Cuba-Millington Road to head to their next stop on the first day of school tour. Hopson and the members of the new Shelby County Schools started their tour at 7:10 at Carver High School. Then there were stops at Idlewild Elementary and Frayser High School before coming up Highway 51 to Millington. The rest of the day’s agenda for the bus included stops at Kate Bond Middle, Germantown High, Southwind Elementary and Melrose High.
The board had to spend the summer getting ready to run one of the largest school systems in America. After elections were held in the municipalities in Shelby County last month, the unified school district will last only one year.
All the cities — Millington, Arlington, Lakeland, Germantown, Collierville and Bartlett — passed the referendum to form their own school system. But for now all the students attending public schools in Shelby County are under one system.
And like her colleagues, Marsh spent the summer getting ready for the change and making her school the best for her students.
“I hope that we’re able to take it to the next level,” she concluded. “We made some great gains and progress last year. I hope to see that same progress going into the year and forward and for many years to come. This is our home and we love these children. Whoever is doing whatever, we hope to be a part of it.”

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