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Reported by Andrew Douglas

Cash lays out security measures as school prepares to start

Classes begin Monday for Memphis City Schools, and new Superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash has promised to reduce the number of guns found or used on campus to zero.

Last year, more than 300 weapons, including 29 guns, were uncovered in the city schools last year.

"We have a different culture that you're going to see in the schools this year, working together with the principals, the security team," said Cash.     
That different culture comes with high expectations. Starting Monday, students can expect more metal detectors and x-ray machines, and smart card ID badges for every student.

The public has demanded tougher security measures in schools.

"The original security plan has been vetted through parents, who were ready through community workshops and so forth," said MCS Security Chief Gerald Darling.    
Not only does Cash promise zero guns on campus, but he wants to cut down the number of fights at school by 10 percent. There were more than 11,000 fights district-wide last year.

"Because of the number of guns you have in this city, this is a community issue and a city issue. So, we need a lot of help there," Cash said.   

Cash also plans to open Frayser High School as an overage school beginning in the fall and expanding in the spring.

Time will tell whether these initiatives will help student safety and achievement in the classroom.

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