Cash begins to tackle tough problems at MCS - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

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Cash begins to tackle tough problems at MCS

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He has plenty of promises, but will Kriner Cash deliver on his plan to improve Memphis City Schools? The new superintendent outlined his goals Tuesday in an exclusive interview with Action News 5.

"This is a group effort...100 percent. So, I certainly will lead it. You will feel that leadership. You will see that leadership," said Cash.

That leadership, according to Dr. Cash, is straightforward and honest -- qualities instilled during his days as a high school basketball star in Cincinnati.

"If others get the credit, I want them to have it. The community deserves it for any improvements we make anytime. Anytime a child is successful, it's always the child and it's all about the team," said Cash.

Dr. Cash described his first year as a "reform year": He wants to reform business practices, the organizational structure of the district, and accountability of staff. In addition to reform, he is studying and looking at curriculum and instruction.

In the area of school security, Cash said more metal detectors will be present at schools. His school police chief from Miami will run security detail while working on security plans for each facility.

The new city schools chief insists he will stay in the Bluff City longterm. Cash says he and his wife like Memphis.

Cash signed a four-year deal, but he talks in terms of a six-year plan before real traction can be made on the changes coming to Memphis City Schools.

Watch video of the interview with Cash recorded Tuesday morning during Action News 5 at 6am in the video player to the right of this story.

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