The new school system is the result of a merger between Memphis City Schools and Shelby County Schools. The merger has been described by experts as 1 of the nation's largest school district consolidations in decades.
Interim Superintendent Dorsey Hopson says the district is ready for the start of classes, but acknowledged there may be some hiccups. One area of concern is bus schedules and routes.
The Unified School District will exist in its current form until 2014, when six Shelby County municipalities will break away and start their own public school systems.
Associated Press contributed to this story
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