Cash meets with city council for first time - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Nick Kenney

Cash meets with city council for first time

Memphis City Council members met with new Memphis City Schools Superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash Tuesday, grilling him on several hot topics, including the system's funding crisis.

It was the first time the new superintendent met members with city council members, who recently made a controversial decision to cut funding to the system.  The cuts and ongoing issues surrounding them dominated Tuesday's discussion.

"We've been doing a Cat-Scan," Cash told council members.  "We've been doing an MRI of the system."

Cash held nothing back during the discussion, which came on the heels of a letter sent Monday to members of the council by school board president Tomeka Hart.

The school system contends the state will withhold $420 million in funding if the city does not cough up more cash.

"(Hart) was asking us to give the $54 million back, which we're not going to do," council member Janis Fullilove said.
Tuesday, council members maintained their stance that the state of Tennessee will fund the school system regardless of their decision. 

Cash said he is prepared, to a point, for a funding cut.

"What I don't have is a contingency plan plus up to five hundred million dollars," he said.

With the issue unresolved, more meetings await.  Tuesday, some council members were confident in the new superintendent, while other were not yet sold on the man guiding a school system through a cash crisis.

At Tuesday's meeting, Cash also confirmed he extended a job offer to Gerald Darling, the Chief of Police for Miami City Schools.  Cash said Darling is considering other offers, but Cash said he expects to hear an answer from him as early as Wednesday.

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