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School board member steps down weeks before school starts

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A Shelby County School Board member steps down just two weeks before the first day of school for the new Unified School System.

FOX13 learned Reginald Porter is resigning to become Chief of Staff for the new Unified School System.

The school system says his resignation is affective July 22. Beginning Aug. 1, he will serve in his new Chief of Staff position working under Interim Superintendent Dorsey Hopson.

Hopson released this statement via email on Monday, saying, "Mr. Porter is dedicated to improving public education and will bring a unique perspective to the District's leadership team. He has developed key relationships with people throughout the community and his background in corporate project management will be invaluable as we endeavor to efficiently manage a myriad of operational changes."

Hopson adds that David Stephens has currently been serving in dual roles as Deputy Superintendent and Chief of Staff. Porter's appointment as Chief of Staff, Stephens will now fully focus on being Deputy Superintendent, managing the district's day-to-day operations.

Porter was elected to the school board last fall along with six others.

The Shelby County Commission will interview candidates to fill Porter's position on the school board and announce their choice at their Aug. 19 meeting.

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