BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Buffalo Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash has resigned.
The BPS Board of Education unanimously accepted Dr. Cash’s resignation effective immediately at a Wednesday evening work session.
Associate Superintendent for Student Support Services Dr. Tonja Williams will serve as interim superintendent starting immediately.
BOE President Louis Petrucci told News 4’s Marlee Tuskes the resignation was a mutual decision between the board and Cash.
“It has been my distinct privilege to serve the children and families of the Buffalo Public Schools. You have a fine school system,” Cash said in an email statement. “Take full advantage of all of the wonderful array of programs and services it has to offer. Best wishes for continued success!”
Cash’s resignation comes three weeks to the day after a 14-year-old student was stabbed ten times and an unarmed security guard shot in the leg outside McKinley High School.
Buffalo Teacher’s Federation President Phil Rumore told News 4, he thinks Cash resigning is the right thing to do.
“Bottom line is this, I think it was the right thing for him to do. He had done some good things in Buffalo, but to then accept responsibility rather than prolong everything by having protracted litigation,” Rumore said.
“The important thing right now is to move together and really start to work together to confront the problems that are ahead.”
Rumore added that its critical district leadership listens to parents, students, teachers and staff. He said BPS needs to deliver on what those groups say needs to be done.
BTF took a vote of no confidence in Cash and the BPS Board of Education on Feb. 17. At the time of the vote, the union said they don’t believe that the “dangerous and serious conditions” in Buffalo schools will improve under Cash’s leadership. Earlier that week, BTF called for a state and federal investigation into BPS safety.
Cash drew criticism for taking a week-long vacation while the district prepared to reopen McKinley High School, he’s been on family leave this week.
“Right now, the district is in need of leadership more than ever,” said Samuel L. Radford II, co-chair, We The Parents. “For the leader of the district to not be in town — I have some questions on why the board would authorize the district leader to be on vacation right now.”
Cash was contracted to rake in $318,917 between July 1, 2021, and June 30, 2022, according to his employment agreement. The contract was set to expire on June 30, 2023.
Dr. Kriner Cash was appointed superintendent back on August 24, 2015.
Watch the full BOE meeting below: