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Reported by Jason Miles

Public questions superintendent finalists

Winchester Elementary student Christopher King came to Thursday night's public forum with a question about his safety at school.

"Kids who aren't behaving and making it unsafe, they're not gonna be in school," answered Dr. Kriner Cash.

Cash is an administrator with Miami-Dade Public Schools.  He's one of two finalists vying to be the next superintendent of Memphis City Schools.  One of his questions concerned corporal punishment.

"You'd never have to paddle a kid if all the adults in the organization are accountable first," said Cash.

Cash was first up in this final interview before the school board makes a decision on who to hire.

"It's nice to see you involved in the search for a very important position in your community," Dr. Nicholas Gledich told the audience.

Gledich wants the district's top spot too.

"I've served Orlando schools for over 31 years," said Gledich.

Like Cash, he answered a series of questions written on index cards and read by a moderator.  Potential conflict with a sometimes contentious school board came up.

"Your ultimate goal is to build a relationship to where you talk with one voice," said Gledich. 

"I'm not intimidated," he added.

In the end, the audience responded favorably to both candidates.  Although some had clearly made up their minds on who is best suited for the job.  Again, the ultimate decision lies with the the nine members of the school board.  It's a decision they will make next week.


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