Memphis Supt. Kriner Cash's wife, Lisa, dies of cancer at age 56

Condolences go out to Memphis City Schools Supt. Kriner Cash, his immediate family and the broader MCS family. MCS sent the sad news that Cash's wife, Lisa, has died at age 56 after a battle with cancer. Cash has kept this personal family news private even as he has aggressively pushed his reform agenda during very tumultuous times for public schools, with Memphians deciding to force consolidation with the suburban Shelby County Schools by surrendering the charter and the state mandating a demanding new system for evaluating teachers.

Jane Roberts has posted a story here. MCS president Martavius Jones provided this comment:
"The entire MCS family and Memphis community is saddened by the passing of Mrs. Lisa Cash, the wife of Superintendent Kriner Cash of 34 years. During this time of loss, we appreciate the prayers and condolences expressed by the community and ask for your continued understanding of the request for privacy for the Cash family. Dr. Cash will take an indefinite leave of absence. During this time, the day-to-day operations of MCS will be conducted by Dr. Irving Hamer, Deputy Superintendent of Academic, Operations, Technology and Innovation."
Cash has kept his personal life very private, but when he left his job as superintendent of the Martha's Vineyard Schools system, the Vineyard Gazette included this:
He credited his wife, Lisa, for supporting him in the decision to change jobs. "I hesitated because of my devotion to the Island and she said, 'Don't hesitate.' She has been my support and encouragement all through our years," he said.

On what appears to be his actual but inactive Twitter account, Cash identifies himself like this:
"I cherish my wife of 32 years, my three sons, the 105,000 children I serve in Memphis, and the professional relationships I have established."

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