Superintendent candidates narrowed to two; Ward to stay for now - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

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Superintendent candidates narrowed to two; Ward to stay for now

The search for the next superintendent of Memphis City Schools has been narrowed to two men: Dr. Nicholas Gledich of the Orlando, Florida public school system, and Dr. Kriner Cash of the Miami-Dade County, Florida school system.

Late Monday night, officials said both men will be invited back to Memphis in early June for a second round of interviews.

At Monday night's school board meeting, Interim Superintendent Dan Ward said he would remain in his position until a permanent replacement was found.

"I will continue to engage with the board in managing the school system until a permanent superintendent is selected," he said.

Ward, who over the weekend indicated he would vacate the interim position on June 10th, said school board president Tomeka Hart convinced him to stay until a permanent replacement was found.

Ward admitted that running the district has been challenging, calling it the single toughest year in his nearly four decades in education.

"We did have some disastrous events...catastrophic in some cases, but we'll grow stronger from this," he said.

Ward said he was looking forward to finally bidding farewell after someone is selected to fill his shoes.

It was a busy day in the superintendent selection process, as the final candidate for the superintendent position said during an interview in front of the school board that race should not play a role in their hiring process.

Dr. Nicholas Gledich told board members he realizes there are opinions to the contrary, but believes race should not disqualify him from a job in which he is very interested.

"Nowhere in your brochure or flier do you indicate that color of skin is important or a factor, and it's not, and that, I agree," he said.


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