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Kriner Cash's legacy a mixed bag as he steps down

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Thursday marked Dr. Kriner Cash's last day as superintendent of Memphis City Schools.

As with any leadership position, the job of superintendent comes with challenges and controversies, as well as fans and foes. Dr. Cash saw plenty of these things during his time in Memphis.

Some might say Dr. Cash took over an impossible situation when he came to Memphis five years ago. MCS was a school district with "performance problems" and budget issues. Dr. Cash announced he would step down from the superintendent post earlier this month, saying there should be only "one-leader" during the school merger between Memphis City and Shelby County Schools.

Dr. Cash was hired in 2008. He soon-after outlined his 100-day plan to improve student achievement. However, later that year, he cut more than 100 teachers.

In 2009, under Dr. Cash's leadership, MCS was awarded a $90 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Dr. Cash was also featured that same year in TIME magazine for his vision to open a residential school that would house homeless students. That same year, he also opened the first school-based health clinic at Northside High.

In 2010, Memphis City Schools surrendered its charter, putting Dr. Cash's future in doubt.

In July of 2011, Dr. Cash and the School Board threatened to delay the first day of school because the city owed the district money. The city later paid MCS $3 million, so school could start.

In 2012, two of Dr. Cash's employees came under fire. In February, Deputy Superintendent Irving Hamer resigned after making inappropriate comments to a woman at Dr. Cash's house. In September of that same year, one of Dr. Cash's drivers was investigated for texting a teenager.  However, the case was later dismissed.

In June of 2012, the Unified School Board voted it would not renew Dr. Cash's contract. On Jan. 11, 2013, Dr. Cash resigned from his post as superintendent.  He will continue to be paid until July 31.

Dorsey Hopson, attorney for Memphis City Schools, will take over as interim superintendent until the district dissolves July. 1

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