VOL. 129 | NO. 136 | Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Hopson Brings Johnson Back To Schools As Adviser
By Bill Dries
Carol Johnson, the former superintendent of Memphis City Schools, will serve as an interim adviser to Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson for the next two to three months and assist in Hopson’s search for a permanent chief academic officer.
The school system announced Johnson’s interim appointment Monday, July 14, as the school district prepares for an Aug. 4 start to the school year in which it will roll out its effort to improve the number of third graders reading on grade level.
In the move to literacy intervention in the third grade and a larger plan to have more students college and career ready by the time they graduate, Hopson did not renew Roderick Richmond as the district’s chief academic officer this spring. And the position has been vacant since.
Hopson is also searching for a new head of curriculum and instruction for the school system as the school system intensifies its intervention strategies with students who begin to fall behind. With the new school year, the school system starts a “blended learning” trial program in several schools in which students will use digital devices before and after school which are loaded with a curriculum aligned with what happens in school.
Johnson left as superintendent of Memphis City Schools in August 2007, after four years leading the school system, to lead the Boston Public Schools system.