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Chamber breakfast highlights flu prevention, MCS progress

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Guests at the Memphis Regional Chamber's monthly breakfast Thursday were greeted by staffers carrying baskets of hand sanitizers and a new campaign encouraging people to avoid handshakes for the sake of good health. 
    
"With the H1N1 season hurtling before us, and the fact that it's transmitted by touch, we thought that it would be helpful for us to be mindful about the handshake," said Memphis Regional Chamber President John Moore.

Meanwhile, the event's guest speaker, Memphis City Schools Supt. Dr. Kriner Cash, used charts and graphs to show guests the progress that has been made since he took over as head of the district last year. 

"We've redesigned and overhauled our entire K to 12 curriculum - still ongoing, though, but we've certainly taken a good step toward that," he said.

Cash said that while a number of city schools are performing well, there's still plenty of room for improvement, especially when it comes to the staff. 
  
"Our system is broken when it comes to recruiting, hiring, placing, training, supporting, evaluating and compensating our best teachers," he said.  

Cash says he feels good about the direction in which the school district is headed. 

"...I feel more positive than at any other time since I've been here," he said. "I've only been here a little but over a year, but now I feel the energy. I feel the momentum and the possibility here in this city."

 

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