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Shelby County School Board to ask public about extending Hopson’s contract

The Shelby County School Board will ask the public to weigh in on the possibility of extending Superintendent Dorsey Hopson II’s contract this Thursday.

School board chairman Kevin Woods said in March during an ad-hoc superintendent evaluation committee meeting that he was in favor of extending Hopson’s contract.

“The first year, his focus was on the merger. Now it’s on the de-merger. You have employees who can just wait it out. By doubling down with our superintendent, our employees know this person is going to be here and has our support,” Woods said in an article from the Commercial Appeal.

Hopson’s contract expires in September 2016 and he earns $269,000. Woods and board member Chris Caldwell, credit Hopson with successfully managing the largest and most complicated school merger in history, according to the article.

Last month the Shelby County School adopted ambitious goals for the district.  The goals include having 80 percent of the district’s students college and career ready, the district will have 90 percent of them graduate and 100 percent of them graduate college- and career- ready by 2025.

During the community meeting, board members will discuss Hopson’s leadership efforts surrounding the district’s 80/90/100 goals and including the implementation of those goals in Hopson’s upcoming evaluation.

The meeting will take place at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the district’s central office.

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