Buffalo gets new superintendent after unanimous vote

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Dr. Kriner Cash will start his four year tenure as Buffalo School Superintendent with the full support of the Buffalo School Board.

Dr. Cash was recommended by New York’s new Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia, who must still approve his certification. That is expected to happen within a week.

Cash’s contract gives him a minimum of $275,000 a year, and a year’s severance if he is terminated without fault. If he is fired “for cause,” he is entitled to a hearing.

His strongest supporters are hoping he gets a fair shot at implementing reforms.

“We want to be sure that we welcome Dr. Cash, that we do not alienate him, that we understand that he has a job to do,” said board member Sharon Belton-Cottman.

His most difficult job will be to turn around twenty-five struggling schools now in receivership. If he cannot do it in a year or two, the state is likely to step in.

“I’m here 24-7,” said Dr. Cash. “And I’m committed to this work. You’ll see it every day, and that’s the promise that I can give you.”

He says he will evaluate school staff and make sure every school has a good principal.

He has already reached out to parents, community groups, and programs like “Say Yes to Education,” now working in the schools.

Buffalo Teacher Federation President Phil Rumore says the union, which has been without a new contract for more than eleven years, will keep an open mind.

“He’s got a unanimous vote here, and from what I understand, he works well with the unions, and we’re only looking for a fair contract, and I think he’s the man who can settle it,” said Rumore.

Cash said “We’re going to have a culture of continuous improvement. It’s a way of life for me.”

“Teamwork makes the dream work,” he said. “That’s the mantra. Teamwork makes the dream work.”


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