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Kriner Cash on short list for Charlotte schools job

Memphis City Schools' Superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash is looking for a new job. Memphis City Schools' Superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash is looking for a new job.

(WMC-TV) – Memphis City Schools' Superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash is looking for a new job.

He's among three finalists to take over the helm of the Charlotte-Mecklenberg School system. All three candidates will undergo public review in Charlotte this Wednesday and Thursday.

Meanwhile, school board members are not surprised he's entertaining the offer.

Unified School Board Commissioner Dr. Jeff Warren fielded calls from media out of Charlotte Monday. "I've been expecting to hear this kind of news for months, ever since we gave up our charter and voted on consolidation," said Warren.

Warren says the merger of Memphis and Shelby County Schools leaves Cash's job up in the air and he expects more school systems to recruit Cash.

School Board Commissioner Martavius Jones says blaming the school merger is a bit of a stretch.

"I think it's purely speculation to say that. Charlotte-Mecklenberg was already doing some of the things Memphis was trying to do," said Jones. "So that could have been an environment ripe for Dr. Cash."

But both commissioners agree the district will lose a great asset.

"I think he's been under-appreciated here in Memphis and in Shelby County," Jones said.

Commissioners say much of the progress is hard to see with the naked eye.

"By taking our business operations into the 21st century, we've had major things happening with transportation, purchasing, how we go about our business practices," said Warren. "All this has been behind the scenes, so you don't notice that as a citizen."

"There are not many districts that say they have had anyone who has helped bring in $90 million in one particular grant," said Jones.

Both commissioners say Memphis will realize Cash's impact when they start seeing results from the teacher evaluation protocol Cash established.

Dr. Cash released a statement saying he's honored to have been selected as a finalist for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Superintendent.

He said he has no further comments, "Out of respect for their selection process, and to minimize potential distractions among MCS students and staff."

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