BPS Board of Education appoints next superintendent

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — After a unanimous vote, the Buffalo Public Schools will have their next superintendent.

A meeting of the board on Tuesday convened without Mary Ruth Kapsiak and Carl Paladino, leading to a unanimous vote of confidence by the seven present board members in Dr. Kriner Cash as the next superintendent.

New York’s Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia backed Cash — the sixth person to be interviewed for the position by the board. Soon after meeting with the community for a question and answer panel, Cash also convinced Buffalo’s board of education.

“We’re hoping that he would have the ability to connect with the state, particularly with the receivership issue and possibly resources,” Buffalo School Board President Jim Sampson said.

But Cash brings with him a reputation from his former school district, where he headed up Memphis’ City Schools until they merged with the county’s schools. He’s been described as having a brusque style.

“It’s simply not possible to make the changes that he made in Memphis and not have disgruntled people,” Buffalo School Board member Larry Quinn said. “Let’s face it. When we have to re-do this district, there’s going to be a lot of people crying about their prerogatives taken away.”

Before he becomes Buffalo’s next superintendent, Cash will need New York certification from the New York State Department of Education.

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