1st day of class for new merged school district - FOX13 News, WHBQ FOX 13

1st day of class for new merged school district

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

About 150,000 public school students are heading to class under Shelby County's newly-merged school district.

Classes began for elementary, middle and high school students who are now part of the Unified School District.

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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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