Kriner Cash holds forum in front of packed house

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - The auditorium at Snowden School holds 700 people. More than that showed up. So, they filled the cafeteria and several classrooms to hear what Dr. Kriner Cash had to say.

At times, Superintendent Kriner Cash could have passed for a preacher, encouraging the overflow audience of more than 1,000 people made up of teachers, students, and their parents.

Many concerned about the direction of Memphis City Schools.

"So, I need you to be a demand parent. Demand excellence from your child. No excuses, no foolishness," Cash said.

Parents are a big part of Cash's plan for the future. A plan he presented via a power point presentation, which included good news and bad.

Some watched and wondered what the district will do about issues important to them.

Phi Thompson has two children who attend Colonial Middle School.

"I'm hoping for some actual action," Thompson said.

But words of encouragement seemed to be just what this crowd needed.

"You know what? I want your kid in a gang, the right gang. I want them in the gang that comes to school," Cash said.

For many, the words seemed to be the right ones right now.

Dr. Cash wants to hold three more town hall meetings this school year.

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