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School meet and greet aims to soothe parents' concerns

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(WMC-TV) - One Memphis elementary school is focusing on establishing a connection with the parents.

A.B. Hill Elementary School hosted the meet and greet between school leaders, teachers, and parents Saturday. This is the second year for the event, but school officials believe this year was particularly important for parents amid bus scheduling challenges.

The A.B. Hill Elementary School Principal James Shaw is focusing on keeping the parents informed.

"With the merger, we want to get as much information out as possible," stated Shaw.

Ameerah Edwards has a second grader at A.B. Hill Elementary. She was grateful for the school's community picnic Saturday

"It's good for the community to gather around and help these children," stated Ameerah Edwards.

Principal James Shaw used the outreach opportunity to move parents beyond the growing pains of the Memphis - Shelby County Schools merger.

"Working together, we've been able to solve those," stated Shaw.

Guidance Counselor Richard Horner stressed the importance of adults setting an example for the children at a time like this.

"Children are children. They take on the attitude of adults in the building," explained Horner.

Edwards has kept her daughter in good spirits about school amid merger tensions.

"Even during the summer, she was asking, 'Am I going to school this morning?' I was like, 'No, it's summertime'," declared Edwards.

School leaders are working to keep the focus on educating the students.

"We bring parents in. We talk about things that are different (and) things that are the same," Shaw said.

The district is working to fix bus scheduling problems.

The director of transportation resigned last week and her interim replacement is Chief of Business Operations Director is Hitesh Haria.

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