From Herenton to Cash to Ray: How MSCS has selected superintendents

By , Daily Memphian Updated: August 24, 2022 6:02 PM CT | Published: August 24, 2022 11:53 AM CT

The saga of Willie Herenton’s 1979 selection by the school system has influenced the pick of every superintendent since.

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Bill Dries covers city and county government and politics. He is a native Memphian and has been a reporter for more than 40 years.


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