MCS Superintendent back on the job after wife's death

Dr. Kriner Cash
Dr. Kriner Cash

(WMC-TV) - Condolences are still pouring in for Memphis City Schools Superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash, a month after cancer took the life of his wife of 34 years.

Monday, Cash was still wearing his wedding ring.

"I miss her terribly," he said.

Cash, who is now back on the job, said his wife's memory is fueling his passion to educate.

"With all the noise all around today in the world, she was such a comfort to come home to," he said.

Cash met his wife when they were both children, and described her as his lifelong partner, soul mate and best friend.

Monday, he recalled her words of support.

"'You're doing right Kriner, you're doing right. Just stay on course. Keep doing right by children and you'll be okay,'" he said. "I talk to her every day. She's not gone in my heart."

Lisa Cash taught art in a classroom for 31 years before coming to Memphis. Her experience complemented her husband.

"My wife's wisdom and her advice to me is what I'll follow," he said.

Cash added that his wife would want him to continue his work.

"It's a good challenge to be here and work for these children," he said. "A lot is going on that is taking root."

Cash is faced with an aggressive agenda Tuesday at the first regular meeting for the unified Memphis and Shelby County School Board. They'll discuss the closure of three low-enrollment schools, review charter school applications, talk about benefits reductions and progress made with the Bill and Melinda Gates grant.

According to Cash, with philanthropists and businesses showing support for public education, community involvement is critical.

"We need to continue to get more parents involved in their children's education, and then you'll have one of the finest school systems in America, and we'll have a great community in which to live," Cash said. "We'll be a city of choice, we'll be a county of choice and that's really the goal here in the Mid-South."

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