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Reported by Kontji Anthony

MCS Superintendent finalists meet with school board

The two men selected as finalists for the position of Superintendent of Memphis City Schools met with school board members Wednesday morning.

Both candidates are from Florida.  Dr. Kriner cash is the Chief of Accountability and Systemwide Performance for Miami-Dade Public Schools.  Dr. Nicholas Gledich is the Chief Operation Officer for Orange County Public schools.

Speaking to school board members, Cash said the people of Memphis were his main reason for seeking employment at Memphis City Schools.

"They grew up here," he said. "They love their communities.  They know each other and they're willing to help and support a problem if they think they have strong strategic and courageous leadership to get the job done."

Meanwhile, Gledich touted his experience.

"I've gotten dirty in the work in my last 31 years," he said. "I know what to expect with the work, and I know what to do to inspire individuals to make that work happen."

Both men said they were against corporal punishment.  They also had strong opinions about the possibility of a takeover by the Shelby County school system.

"I would not be interested in that kind of scenario," Cash said. "I truly would not, and that needs to be squared away quickly, and it would be part of my contractual negotiations."

"I would have to wait and have conversations with legal on that," Gledich said. "I don't have the legal opinion, so I'm not really aware of that information."

And, on Mayor Willie Herenton's interest in the superintendent's position?

"He has a wealth of knowledge about the schools, but you've got to have a supportive relationship between the schools, the city and the county and a working relationship," Cash said. "A problem solving relationship."

"The mayor and other individuals in the community have a right to their opinion," Gledich said. "I stand on my credentials."

Both men will meet separately with members of the community during a public forum Thursday night at the Memphis City Schools Board of Education offices.  Cash will talk with the public from 6pm-7pm, and Gledich will follow from 7pm-8pm.  You can watch live video of the meeting on

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