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Superintendent: Collaboration between municipal school districts 'critical'

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Stephens says the municipal superintendents have a standing weekly meeting to get on one accord. Stephens says the municipal superintendents have a standing weekly meeting to get on one accord.

(WMC-TV) - After one week on the job as Bartlett Municipal Schools Superintendent, David Stephens is working to pave a path of cooperation between all seven area school districts.

"We've got kind of a standing meeting we have once a week," said Stephens.

Stephens says the municipal superintendents have a standing weekly meeting to get on one accord.

One school consultant recently suggested the school systems invoke The Education Cooperation Act. Stephens says collaboration is critical.

"With all the area superintendents to see what makes sense, because we've got to look at how we can save as much money as possible to make sure we're able to do this," he said.

Collaboration is critical not only to find savings but also to brainstorm as they take on the task of launching new school systems.

Stephens met with his former colleague Shelby County Schools Superintendent Dorsey Hop son Monday.

He says it makes sense for all the school systems to share services.

"Purchasing, warehousing, IT, maybe payroll, looking at how you do maintenance. More of the operational side," said Stephens.

Bartlett taxpayers support the effort.

"The financial part, that's going to be the most important part of it," said taxpayer Marvin Ward.

Stephens says there are four things necessary to having a great school system.

"Great teachers, great principals, a lean supportive district staff, and an engaged community," he said.

The two things Stephens says would remain in-house are teaching and learning.

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