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Flag City history, Millington Municipal Schools opens doors for first day of school

By Thomas Sellers Jr.Harrold first day crossing guard Harrold first day entrance Harrold first day front shot Harrold First Day Graves Harrold first day kids walk Harrold first day open the gate

Usually the night before the first day of school is exciting to children looking forward to new grade, fresh clothes, different faces in the classroom and a new teacher.
But the eve of debut of the Millington Municipal Schools, many adults were eager for the beginning of the new school system featuring Millington Central High School, Millington Middle School, Millington Elementary and E.A. Harrold.
On Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, the doors open to MMS students for the first time.
“I think it’s great that we’ve finally got a situation to where we’ve got local control with the schools,” Millington School Board Member Don Holsinger said outside the entrance of Harrold Monday. “ The one thing that I’m impressed about right now is the morale of the teachers, staff, administration and even the parents. They’ve been very positive.
“We’ve had a few glitches with registration,” he acknowledged. “There’s going to be a few glitches the first day or two. Parents have been really positive about the whole thing. There are some positive things up ahead.”
Holsinger and a few of the other Board members were on hand at the four schools Monday morning to welcome parents and children to an new era in Flag City. Millington Superintendent Dr. David Roper made the rounds to all four institutions to greet, welcome and say thanks.
Holsinger said there was a buzz under the crystal blue Millington sky all morning.
“I think it’s great for the kids,” he said. “We had kids lined up, about 50 to get into the school right here at 7:30 in the morning. We didn’t open the doors until 7:45.”
Harrold, along with Millington Elementary, start at 8 a.m. and conclude at 3 p.m. Meanwhile MCHS and Millington Middle kickoff the school day at 7 a.m.
“I think we’ve got an opportunity to do something special here in Millington,” Holsinger said. “Millington has always been looked at as the step-child of Shelby County. We’re so far out of the area. We’re not the biggest. We’re one of the smallest ones.
“They sort of looked at us and we’ve had a lot of people who said, ‘You can’t do it,’” he concluded. “What I think is not only we can do it, I think we can do something awfully special here in Millington.”

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