New Tuscumbia superintendent welcomes in the start of school

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TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (WHNT) – A rain-soaked day welcomed more than 1,500 students back to class Thursday in the city of Tuscumbia. Also there to welcome them back, newly selected Superintendent Darryl Aikerson.

The superintendent said there are no sweeping changes on the horizon. Aikerson said at first he wants to assess the needs of the system.

“Tweak things just a little bit, but also making sure that we continue to enhance the things we already have,” Aikerson explained. “And also let’s see what we can do to bring new things into the district.”

Aikerson said he would like to form academies at the high school level to prepare students for the future. He would also like to see focused learning on science, technology, engineering and math on the grade school level. Aikerson said these are things the community can get behind.

“The people in the city of Tuscumbia take pride in the city and also with their schools. And because we have that secret sauce, I really feel that we can propel our district and we can propel our students for the next level,” stated Aikerson.

In Sheffield, students went back to school Thursday with a new Superintendent. Daniel Lankford started over the summer, replacing Tim Morgan who retired.