Cash plan would divide school district geographically - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Lori Brown

Cash plan would divide school district geographically

Memphis City Schools Superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash plans to divide the school district into four regions that he says will help the overall education of the district's children.

According to Cash's plan - which could be implimented by mid-October - administrators would be moved from the district's central office to regional sites.

The grade level structure inside Memphis City Schools could also change to a geographic structure.

For example, currently one administrator oversees the elementary schools, another the middle schools, and a third high schools.  Dr. Cash's plan would structure schools geographically.

Monday, Dr. Thomas Glass, a professor at the University of Memphis, said Cash's idea was a smart one.

According to Glass, in addition to students having the same administrator from elementary school through high school, there would be coordination between schools and the district's central office.

But, Glass said, there are pitfalls to avoid.

"Sometimes when you create region districts, they have an opportunity to create a smaller bureaucracy within the large bureaucracy," Glass said.

Dr. Cash said plan would cut down on bureaucracy rather than increase it.

Click here to download a list of the plan's proposed regions and schools.

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