Tuesday, September 28 2010 7:51 AM EDT2010-09-28 11:51:26 GMT
School leaders from all over the country are in New York this week to discuss what is and is not working within our schools, and with taxpayers paying nearly one billion dollars a year for Memphis City Schools, the Action News Five Investigators are watching very closely.More >>
Sunday, May 26 2013 12:05 AM EDT2013-05-26 04:05:39 GMT
(WMC-TV) - The Memphis Grizzlies lost to the San Antonio Spurs Saturday in game 3 104 - 93. The Grizzlies play at home again Monday at FedExForum. Spurs lead the Western Conference Finals 3-0. CopyrightMore >>
The San Antonio Spurs used overtime for the second straight game to edge the Grizzlies 104-93, to take a commanding 3-0 lead in the Western Conference Finals.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 11:49 PM EDT2013-05-26 03:49:21 GMT
(WMC-TV) - People nationwide gathered in downtown Memphis Saturday for a basketball game, music, and to enjoy to spirit of Beale Street. A street party outside FedExForum to celebrate game three of theMore >>
People nationwide gathered in downtown Memphis Saturday for a basketball game, music, and to enjoy to spirit of Beale Street. More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 11:07 PM EDT2013-05-26 03:07:08 GMT
WALNUT RIDGE, AR (KAIT) - The Walnut Ridge community celebrated the life of 14-year-old Sidney Randall who went missing on March 9 and was found on May 18 in the Black River. Family and friends filledMore >>
The Walnut Ridge community celebrated the life of 14-year-old Sidney Randall who went missing on March 9 and was found on May 18 in the Black River.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 10:56 PM EDT2013-05-26 02:56:13 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Four people were shot and one died at a nightclub in Clarksdale, Mississippi Saturday morning. The shooting happened in the 300 Block of West Tallahatchie Street at 12:03 a.m. John Wilson, 35,More >>
Four people were shot and one died at a nightclub in Clarksdale, Mississippi Saturday morning.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 10:31 PM EDT2013-05-26 02:31:59 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Many around the Mid-South flock to Cooper-Young for its unique restaurants and atmosphere, but the shortage in parking spaces sends many patrons home with parking tickets. City leaders believeMore >>
Many around the Mid-South flock to Cooper-Young for its unique restaurants and atmosphere, but the shortage in parking spaces sends many patrons home with parking tickets.More >>
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Memphis City Schools Superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash responded Tuesday to an Action News 5 report about the six figure salaries paid to some of the district's security personnel.
In fact, the top two security administrators at MCS make more than their counterparts in Los Angeles, the second largest school district in the United States.
Tuesday, Cash spoke to Action News 5's Kym Clark from NBC's Education Nation summit in New York.
"It's a matter of where you want to put your money," he said. "When I came Memphis City Schools, it was no walk in the park. It was one of the most dangerous school systems, (with the) most highest incidents per 1,000 in the country, number one. So you want to bring top talent in to take care of that. First things first - take care of the students, take care of the staff."
Gerald Darling, Chief of School Security, earns $167,000 per year, while Deputy Chief, Carolyn Jackson, earns $115,000 per year. Action News 5 could not find another comparable district that even pays close to that - not even the Los Angeles Unified school district pays as much.
Los Angeles Unified is more than six times the size of Memphis City Schools, yet that district pays its police chief $17,000 less than MCS pays darling.
Action News 5's Kym Clark asked Cash about this during Tuesday's interview.
"I would be happy to sit down and talk to you about those issues, but it will take more time than we have this morning," he said.
"But Dr. Cash, we have a little time left, and I would like to say, there are still problems," Clark replied. "There are still gang problems. There are still fights at school. There are still students being expelled for fighting, (and) weapons on school grounds. I think nobody has a problem with putting money in education, but we're talking about salaries for security personnel."
"Well they're not really security personnel," Cash said. "If you look at their credentials, these are people that have been top police officers and chiefs at some of the top school districts in the country, and second-in-command in Miami, for example. Second or third-in-command here in Memphis. These are not out of line salaries. These are exactly what you pay to professionalize security in our schools."
At a salary of $167,000 per year, Security Chief Darling earns more than any police chief in the state of Tennessee.
Meanwhile, Cash's job review shows he has reduced the number of serious incidents in schools, but he has not decreased fights.
Friday, May 24 2013 10:57 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:57:13 GMT
(WMC-TV) - The Tipton County Sheriff's Office found 32-year-old Michael Olin Holland, Jr.'s motorcycle Friday afternoon. No reports indicate that Holland was found. Holland was last seen Wednesday morning. AccordingMore >>
Investigators recovered 32-year-old Michael Olin Holland, Jr.'s body near the Covington airport Friday night.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 8:43 PM EDT2013-05-25 00:43:43 GMT
(WMC-TV) - A woman is dead and her husband is being questioned by police. The woman was reportedly shot in a domestic altercation on the 600 block of Hamilton Street in Orange Mound. Action News 5's JustinMore >>
A woman is dead and her husband is being questioned by police.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 5:35 PM EDT2013-05-25 21:35:53 GMT
The Shelby County Health Department has issued a Code Orange Ozone Alert for Saturday, May 25, 2013. On this day, MATA will offer 25 cent fares on bus, MATAplus and trolley rides. Seniors 65 yearsMore >>
Saturday, May 25, 2013, MATA will offer 25 cent fares on bus, MATAplus and trolley rides.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:58 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:58:47 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Club 152 on Beale Street has been given the OK to reopen. A judge gave the club owners permission to open the doors Friday afternoon. Since the closure, the owners have conducted backgroundMore >>
A judge gave the club owners permission to open the doors Friday afternoon.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 11:32 PM EDT2013-05-25 03:32:50 GMT
(WMC-TV) - If you were not able to get a ticket to the Grizzlies matchup against the Spurs Saturday, you have one last chance to get your hands on one. The Memphis Grizzlies announced it will release aMore >>
If you were not able to get a ticket to the Grizzlies matchup against the Spurs Saturday, you have one last chance to get your hands on one.More >>
Friday, February 15 2013 11:51 PM EST2013-02-16 04:51:21 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Scientists at Ole Miss are generating a lot of buzz thanks to the creation of a new pain killer -- made with marijuana. Ole Miss is home to the nation's only legally grown marijuana operation.More >>
Scientists at Ole Miss are generating a lot of buzz thanks to the creation of a new pain killer -- made with marijuana.More >>
Click here to see how much you would take home depending on which state you bought your winning lottery ticket in. BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Millions of people try their luck on big lottery games likeMore >>
Millions of people try their luck on big lottery games like Powerball every week. We wonder what the odds actually are that you'll choose the winning combinations. WAFB's Keitha Nelson talks with an expert on numbers.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 6:45 PM EDT2013-05-23 22:45:01 GMT
(WMC-TV) - A baby fights to survive at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital in critical condition after being hit by an SUV with his mother behind the wheel, according to police. An orange circle marks the pointMore >>
A baby fights to survive at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital in critical condition after being hit by an SUV with his mother behind the wheel, according to police.More >>