Shelby County students head back to school

Shelby County students head back to school
Published: Aug. 8, 2016 at 5:15 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 8, 2016 at 9:27 PM CDT
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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - It's Archie Moss Junior's first day ever as principal at Bruce Elementary. One by one his students showed up to their first day of class. Their parents were not too far behind.

"I'm so excited to get this ball rolling," Moss Jr. said. "And have all of our scholars get ready for a great year."

Third grader Jonathan Payne is one of the 350 scholars at Bruce Elementary.

"I'm feeling glad and excited," Payne said.

In total, Shelby County Schools has about 80,000 students. Superintendent Dorsey Hopson spent Monday visiting some of them on a tour through the district. He did admit there were issues on the first day. This included needing to hire more teachers and overcrowding on some buses. He said overall though everything went smoothly.

"We are in a position to give our kids, our schools, our teachers and school leaders the support they need," Hopson said.

"We're trying to build a stronger foundation for tomorrow," Moss Jr. said.

It's a stronger foundation that started today for Jonathan Payne and the rest of the students in S.C.S.

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