MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - He took the helm of Memphis City Schools with a bold 100-day plan to initiate change. Monday, Dr. Kriner Cash looked back on his first 100 days.
Cash said Monday there are some priorities the district is working on, like improving literacy among students in elementary school, raising graduation rates among high school students, and starting MCS Prep Academies to educate students who are two years over-age for their grade.
Cash told Action News 5 there is sometimes a correlation between older students and disciplinary problems at school.
Cash also defended what some call his no non-sense style.
"But I am tough on the work. Try to be gentle to the people, but tough on the work," Cash said.
Cash said four MCS Prep Academies for students two years older than their grade-level will open as early as January.
He said he also plans to improve accountability to prevent the district's resources, such as food, from being wasted.
The funding situation for Memphis City Schools is still unresolved. Cash said the courts need to give MCS an answer about whether or not the city of Memphis is required to fund the district soon, because MCS is going into a new budget season.