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New Bedford School Committee Grills Third Superintendent Finalist

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Dr. Kriner Cash, one of three finalists for the Superintendent of Schools position in New Bedford, provided a fair assessment of the status of the city’s school system, and gave a thumbnail sketch of what he would do immediately if he were hired.

The former four-year Superintndent of Memphis, Tennessee, was interviewed Wednesday night, the last in a series of public interviews.

Cash tells WBSM News the city’s failing graduation rate needs to be addressed from the ground up.

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Cash introduced several safety net measures in Memphis, one of which included preventing students in grades K-3 from staying back, a controversial idea. Cash was, however, successful in improving Memphis’s graduation rate by roughly 20%.

He would also like to see curricula and classroom technologies brought into the 21st century, and identify cost-saving measures wherever possible.

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