School board won't renew superintendent's contract

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Divided over who would lead a new unified school district, the Memphis and Shelby County school board members voted not to renew the contract of Memphis City Schools Superintendent Kriner Cash.

The board members on Tuesday night decided to let Cash's contract expire just as the districts are scheduled to merge in September 2013, The Commercial Appeal reported.

A motion not to renew the contract of Shelby County School Superintendent John Aitken failed, but the board voted to consider a motion to start the search for a new superintendent for the merged school system at their next meeting.

Board member David Pickler said moving ahead with two superintendents was like asking "an army to go into war with two commanding generals."

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Information from: The Commercial Appeal, http://www.commercialappeal.com


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