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Kriner Cash, Memphis schools chief, resigns

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - The superintendent of the Memphis City Schools has resigned.

Dr. Kriner Cash announced his resignation at a special meeting of the unified school board Thursday night. Cash's departure comes as the city schools are merging with the Shelby County Schools and leaves county schools Superintendent John Aitken to preside over the unification.

According to The Commercial Appeal, Dorsey Hopson, the attorney for the unified school board, said Cash believed the merger had reached a point at which one person should be in charge. The board agreed to retain Cash as a consultant until the end of June and then pay him six months' salary as severance, plus $17,000 in moving expenses.

Cash was hired as the city schools superintendent in 2008.