MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - With only 100 days under his belt, Dr. Kriner Cash has made some pretty drastic changes at Memphis City Schools. And he said he has only just begun.
After 100 days, Dr. Kriner Cash said he has discovered just how huge of an issue poverty is in Memphis City Schools.
"To see so many children over age for grade, so many children that needed health care follow up, so many children who were lacking in pre-K literacy. It's a function of poverty," Cash said.
With 89 percent of Memphis City School students economically disadvantaged, Cash said he has developed plans to help address the problems associated with poverty.
"We're addressing it from the root, as opposed to the surface," Cash said.
Cash is working on increasing pre-K Classrooms to increase literacy, aggressively tutoring students who are over-age for their grade, developing truancy assessment centers to get at the root cause of truancy, and giving the high schools new faces.
"Revamp and redesign all of our high schools starting with 4-5 a year into career themed academies. Rich rigorous new high schools," Cash said.
Cash said he plans to overhaul the curriculum in high schools and increase the level of advanced courses. But he said getting the students to where he knows they can go will take time and patience.