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Interim Superintendent Dorsey Hopson says, "It will be a hard week." Interim Superintendent Dorsey Hopson says, "It will be a hard week."
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(WMC-TV) - Two-thousand Memphis and Shelby County Schools employees will be out of work when the two school systems merge. School leaders began handing out pink slips to 300 central office staffers Tuesday.

Interim Superintendent Dorsey Hopson held a news conference to announce the high-level job cuts. He says it is going to be a tough week.

As crews chiseled the Shelby County Schools sign from its perch Tuesday morning, Hopson announced he will carve 300 jobs out of the Memphis and Shelby County Schools central offices this week.

Hopson says, to be fair, they posted every job, then fielded resumes and used what is called an academic scoring rubric to determine who stays and who goes.

"Based on the results of the interviews, the hiring manager selected the applicants," explained Hopson.

He said the combined school systems are currently 79 percent Memphis employees and 21 percent county employees. After the layoffs, 72 percent of the employees will be former Memphis school employees and 29 percent will come from county schools.

"With the merger, we had a lot of roles that were duplicative," said Hopson.

The central office purging, with annual salaries between $65,000 $70,000 will end Friday, saving the district $18 million.

Hopson says some central office employees have applied for jobs inside the classroom. In the meantime, his staff will set up severance packages for those who are not in the teachers' unions.

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